Macclesfield, within Cheshire, has a population of just over 50,000 people, and is old enough to have been recorded in the Doomsday book. With a river running through the town centre, and a selection of beautiful old buildings, this is a really lovely area. Culturally it's thriving with an art house cinema, museum and galleries. The town also has it's own annual festival the Barnaby Festival.
A large population of families means there are four state schools here to choose from, as well as two private schools.
A recent survey named Macclesfield the fifth happiest place in Britain, and certainly it seems a great place to live.
Of course all these positive points mean that Macclesfield is a relatively expensive place to rent or buy. In the town centre prices are comparatively low, with a large number of terraced properties, but traffic can make travel difficult. On the outskirts around Alderly Edge and Wilmslow prices are higher but there are plenty of big detached homes, and transport links into the town are good.