The town was praised by The Sunday Times who said: ‘From some angles Ruthin may look like the archetypal sleepy but beautiful historic Welsh town, but look a little closer and you’ll see an incredibly vibrant little community hard at work to thrive in the 21st century.
“There are walking and cycling trails everywhere, the old courthouse has been transformed into a business center and the historic market hall reopened last year as a very modern showcase of art, local crafts and gastronomy.
“The magnificent Ruthin Craft Center attracts art lovers from all over, and plans for a new velodrome will boost its sporting credentials.”
Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire topped the list of six Welsh locations to make the list, which included Conwy, Penarth, Usk and St Dogmaels.
Praising Llandeilo, The Sunday Times said: “It is rare to see so many beautiful things in such a small area.
“Whether you want a freshly baked Welsh cake from Heavenly or a unique piece of local arts and crafts, the independent shops and cafes in the small center of Llandeilo are full of the good things in life.
“Its colorful houses are a delightful backdrop and the surrounding countryside is full of magical places to explore.”
The Sunday Times expert judges behind the guide assess a wide range of factors, from schools, transport and broadband to the culture, green spaces and health of the high street.
They seek to celebrate improved cities, towns or city centers, attractive, well-designed homes and places brimming with community spirit – which the pandemic has shown to be the most vital quality of all.
An average house price for each location has been provided by Halifax, the guide’s sponsor, and up-to-date information on broadband speeds has been provided by Thinkbroadband.com, the UK’s leading independent guide to broadband.
The full guide, which includes 70 locations, is published online today and an edited version will be available in the newspaper on Sunday.
Helen Davies, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “The Sunday Times list of best places to live is necessarily subjective. Be guided by the statistics and you will never grasp the spirit of a place.
“For that, you have to visit to take in that ‘you have to be here’ feeling. Is the pub dog friendly eg? Can we live without a car? How are the schools and homes? Is it multicultural and multigenerational, and can it provide a good way of life for many different people?
“This year we discovered new, better places to live, reborn town centers in the north, rejuvenated suburbs across the country, hidden villages in the south west and a switchable Scottish island.
“We hope there will be something for everyone.”
See the full list here.