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Revealed: the most brilliantly colourful streets in the UK

A new study has revealed that roads in London, Bristol and Edinburgh are among the country’s most vibrant

Written by
Ellie Muir

Walking down a dark, grey street every morning is pretty uninspiring. Sadly, that’s just how most places look these days. But whether it’s the technicolour Neal’s Yard in London or Bristol’s Cliftonwood Terrace, there are a bunch of brilliantly colourful streets across the UK that you can visit. But which one is the most vibrant of all?

To find out, Dulux analysed 20 images of the UK’s most vibrant streets and put them through a colour identifier to find out how many hues are present on each one.

The most colourful was Bristol’s Cliftonwood Terrace, with its Balamory-style Victorian terraced houses painted in 14 distinct shades of blue, yellow, pink, purple and green.

In second place was London’s Neal’s Yard. This alleyway in the heart of the capital brims with multicoloured buildings (in 12 distinct shades, to be precise).

Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales, came third. This spot is famous for its Italian village-style architecture and pastel-hued buildings. The village was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, and is now owned by a charitable trust.

Here are the ten most colourful streets in the UK, according to the Dulux study:

  1. Cliftonwood Terrace, Bristol
  2. Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London
  3. Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales 
  4. Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  5. Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London
  6. Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  7. Dukes Lane, Brighton
  8. Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, London
  9. Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland
  10. Quay Street, Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye, Scotland

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