Why Lymm is rated one of UK’s ‘Best Places to Live’

Lymm has made it on to the Times and Sunday Times list of ‘Best Places to Live’ in Britain once again. In the 2017 survey, people rated Lymm’s community spirit, shops, culture and broadband speed as some of the reasons why they rate it so highly.

From your new park home in Lymm, you are on the doorstep to a thriving community, green spaces and an easy commute to Manchester and Liverpool. By road, your journey to the rest of the UK is within easy reach from the nearby junctions at the Lymm interchange on the M6 and M56.

What else makes Lymm a favourite place to live?

Why villagers love Lymm

Until the Industrial Revolution, Lymm was an agricultural village. But the people attracted here in the 1700s weren’t the first Lymm residents.

People had settled here in 1086 when Lymm had adopted its Celtic name meaning “by the water”.

Of course, over the centuries the village has witnessed great change – and prosperity.

In the 17-1800s, boats on the Bridgewater Canal transported coal through the village to power Manchester’s steam engines.  Today, narrow boats leisurely cruise by alongside the ducks. They moor at Lymm and even invite you for tea and cakes – one is a floating café.

Authors Ian Williams and Alan Taylor take us on a journey through Lymm in “The Wheels and the Water” to show us how the transport revolution shaped the village.

Over the centuries, the village has witnessed great change – and prosperity.

The best way to learn more about Lymm’s history is to visit the Heritage Centre which opened in summer 2017.


After a stroll along the Canal towpath, walk into the village to shop, eat and drink. You’ll find a family baker, individual jeweller, gift shop, florist and butcher (and more). Always popular is Sexton’s deli and bakery – if there’s a queue, it’s worth the wait. Buy food and crafts at Lymm Sunday Market on the third Sunday each month.


Every spring and summer, villagers and visitors turn out for the Duck Race, the 11-day Summer Festival and Historic Transport Day (more reasons to love Lymm).

Even in winter time, there is a festival: Dickensian Christmas in December and carol singing on Christmas Eve at The Cross.

Whatever you’re passionate about, there is likely to be a club in Lymm for people who share your enthusiasm. It could be floral art, folk, gardening, singing, acting, sport or fitness. If you want to ask a question, friendly people at the Village Hall, Heritage Centre or library are always happy to help.

Culture, heritage and history

A walk around the village will reveal the beauty and history of the Lymm conservation area:

  • The 14th century sandstone Lymm Cross. No-one knows why the Cross was built but it was undoubtedly the hub of village life as a central meeting place
  • The Bridgewater Canal, built to carry coal and rock salt to take coal from mines in Worsley to power Manchester’s steam engines, is now a picturesque waterway through Lymm
  • Fustian cutting cottages housed workers who used looms to produce velvet and corduroy for menswear
  • The Transpennine trail until 1988 ran along a former railway line used to transport coal to Fiddlers Ferry power station. Now it’s a coast to coast walk or cycle from Hull to Southport passing through Lymm
  • Once the manor house of a Manchester cotton manufacturer, Oughtrington Hall is now part of Lymm High School
  • Privately owned Lymm Hall is occasionally open for viewings – contact the Cheshire Gardens Trust
  • The tree-lined waterside paths around Lymm Dam, against the backdrop of St Mary’s Church, is a much-loved beauty spot for walking, angling and picnicking. Originally created for a toll road, the Dam’s Green flag status assures us it’s always clean, safe and well kept
  • Manchester commuters came to live here in the 1800s when the railway was built. Some of the them discovered a love for golf and it was this passion that drove one businessman to set up Lymm Golf Club.

It’s easy to understand why people want to move to Lymm.

Come and visit the luxury park homes at Willowpool to find out more about the kind of lifestyle you can enjoy here.

Luxury park home living at Willowpool in Lymm

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