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Revealed: The best town to live in Northern Ireland, according to Sunday Times

A seaside town has been named the best place to live in Northern Ireland by the Sunday Times.

The seaside town of Ballycastle often features on the best places to live list and also came out on top in last year's guide.

Portstewart, Rostrevor, Enniskillen, south Belfast and Cultra had made the Sunday Times shortlist this year.

This weekend the newspaper revealed the best places to live in the Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest, as well as the overall best place to live in its Best Places To Live Guide 2017.

It also picked out a winner for each region in the UK, including Ballycastle (Northern Ireland), Cowbridge (Wales), Frome (South West), Knutsford (North West), Newcastle Quayside (North and North East), North Berwick (Scotland), Peckham (London), Shipston-on-Stour (Midlands), Wadhurst (South East) and Woodbridge (East).

The annual supplements combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance, with the input of Sunday Times writers to find the top locations to make your home.

Bristol topped the overall list of the best places to live in Britain.

The South West city was named as the most desirable location in the UK in the second instalment of the guide on Sunday, beating off "stiff competition" from the capital and other major destinations.

The guide praised Bristol for being "a small city that feels like a big city, handily placed for seaside and scenery, but hardly cut off from the rest of the country".

It was also said to offer burgeoning opportunities for jobs in "creative, hi-tech and professional" industries.

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