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This is officially the best British seaside town to move to in 2023

Some have hailed it the ‘new Brighton’

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton

Chances are, you’ve considered ditching the city for life by the sea. One thing holding you back might be the summer crowds that swarm to places like Brighton and Blackpool, but there are some gorgeous seaside destinations that are lesser known (and all the more peaceful for it).

Among them is Worthing in West Sussex, which has just been named the best seaside town to move to in 2023 by lifestyle website Muddy Stilettos. Just ten miles west of Brighton, it seems Worthing may well be giving the UK’s favourite coastal hotspot a run for its money.

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Although it used to have a reputation as a sleepy retirement destination, the town is now home to a bunch of microbreweries, cocktail bars, independent boutiques and art spaces.

Muddy Stilettos said that Worthing is notable for its affordable, laid-back lifestyle and for having significantly fewer tourists than its more popular neighbours. According to Rightmove, the average house price in the area is around £370,000, making it significantly cheaper than London.

An art deco pier takes centre stage on Worthing’s colourful seafront. It was built in 1862, survived a fire and World War II, and had a brief stint as a nightclub in the ’80s. Highdown Gardens is also a wholesome, plant-filled spot beloved by locals and in summer the town hosts a massive festival of contemporary circus and theatre. 

You can check out the full list of the UK’s best places to live here.

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