‘Character and charm’ earn Tring a place on Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in Britain list

Postcards of Dacorum - Tring High Street
Postcards of Dacorum - Tring High Street

A charming chocolate-box town centre, rolling green fields and a 40 minute train ride to central London are just some of the qualities that have earned Tring a place on the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in Britain list.

The prestigious guide - published yesterday in the paper’s Sunday supplement - details data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance to compile the definitive top 101 best locations to live in Britain.

The places were chosen for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and displaying desirable features such as positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

According to the national newspaper, Tring scooped the accolade thanks to its ‘pretty centre rich with black and white Tudor-style architecture’, the amenities, regular antiques auctions, farmers’ markets and the option of sending more creative offspring to the world-renowned Tring Park School for the performing arts.

Leader of Tring Town Council John Allan said: “I think Tring is one of the best places to live because it is still small enough to be a genuine community with a strong identity.

“It has a very wide range of sports and other interest clubs and societies, and it’s set in beautiful countryside yet near to London with good connections.

“It has a wide range of shops and local produce outlets, but most of all because it’s a caring community, which is rare nowadays.”

While it’s home to families who have lived there for generations, Tring also falls into the category of commuter town with new families moving in all the time to make the most of the close proximity to London and its lush green location in the Chilterns.

One of these newbies is mum-of-two Meredith Hepner Chapman, who moved to the town from North London two years ago – initially for her children to benefit from the good schooling – and has fallen in love with the place.

She said: “I was scared of leaving the big bustling city at first as I thought I might feel isolated, but now I’m here I feel the polar opposite.

“I’ve never felt so welcomed or so part of a community. My children have thrived and can play outside in the summer evenings in safe environments.

“Tring still feels like a holiday for us – it’s just wonderful. There’s great people and fun nights out all on your doorstep in idyllic, safe surroundings. We’ve never had a better social life, and we’ve never felt more settled and happy.”

This pocket of the Chilterns is also a fertile place for businesses to crop up and survive thanks to a strong community spirit, ample networking opportunity and a willingness to help and advise our fellow man.

Chief executive of Oakman Inns – which owns Tring gastro pub The Akeman – Peter Borg-Neal said: “Tring is a fabulous place to live. It’s nice without being snobby, friendly without being insular and it has a pervasive sense of positivity in the air.

“It’s a town that punches way above its weight with tremendously successful sports clubs, great schools, a great choice of places to eat and drink, its own theatre and two museums.

“The incredible community spirit that infuses everyday life in the town underpins all of this success in Tring.

“This is driven by the good nature of the inhabitants as well as organisations such as Tring Together, the Court Theatre, the various church groups and the sports clubs.”

Peter also praised the town’s rich annual events calender which includes Chilfest, the Tringe Comedy Festival, Tring Christmas Festival, the Tring Rugby Mini and Junior Tournament and Tring Carnival.