Mumsnet Local sites of the week

Mumsnet LocalOur editors and Mumsnetters across the country share the best things about their areas. Including recommendations for everything from waterside cafes to stunning architecture, free museums and great parks. A comprehensive travel guide for anyone wishing to move to or just visit the area.

Each week we'll be including our newest addition to the line-up so be sure to have a good nose around…

Reasons to visit Birmingham


Birmingham editor Sala: "Brummies are famously warm, friendly, and unpretentious. That and the charm of our elegant, successful and confident city can come as a surprise to new visitors. I feel very lucky to have put down roots in Birmingham. It's a great place to bring up children."


Reasons to visit Surrey


Surrey Local editor Cherry: "Surrey is England's most wooded county, with the Surrey Hills a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrey is easily commutable from London and has highly rated state and private schools, along with dedicated mother and children centres."


Reasons to live in Belfast


Belfast Local editor Robyn: "From the newly revamped, pedestrian-friendly city centre, to the addition of gates in the Peace Wall and the subsequent park improvements, Belfast is a rapidly growing place with friendly people and lots to see and do."


Reasons to live in Wandsworth


Wandsworth Local editor Caroline:  "Despite being inner London's biggest borough, Wandsworth has dozens of parks and green spaces… excellent schools, good transport links, and hundreds of things to do with kids."

Reasons to visit Lambeth


Lambeth editor Sarah: "Lambeth is a place of endlessly exciting diversity. The streets are alive with the sights, smells and sounds of countless ideas and identities merging and being reinvented."


Reasons to live in Devon


Devon Local editors Gina and Clio: "Devon is beautiful, safe and there's so much space. You're surrounded by wonderful places to go and explore, so you don't need to spend lots of cash to have a good time."


Reasons to live in Leeds


Leeds Local Editor Kirsty: "Leeds is an Olympic medal-winning city with a vibrant arts scene surrounded by historic houses and beautiful parks. But the best thing about Leeds is that it doesn't take itself too seriously "


Reasons to live in Shropshire


Shropshire editor Kirsty: "We have beautiful countryside, bustling towns and villages, a World Heritage Site and fantastic open spaces. It's rural and uncrowded, yet you are never too far away from civilisation."


Reasons to live in Oxfordshire


Oxfordshire Local editor Camilla: "Oxfordshire is a beautiful rural county full of wonderful walks, many of them beside the River Thames, which winds through the county's centre. It is so packed with hidden gems, it's impossible to choose just one."


Reasons to live in Newcastle and Gateshead


Newcastle and Gateshead Local editor Annis: "a wonderful area of contrasts: you are never too far away from busy city life, rural countryside or the beautiful North East coastline."


Reasons to live in East Riding of Yorkshire

East Riding of Yorkshire

East Riding of Yorkshire editor Kate: "One of the best things about East Yorkshire is the fact that nobody really knows it's there. For the most part, it's undiscovered, un-gentrified and fairly unreconstructed rural idyll."


Reasons to live in Glasgow


Glasgow editor Caroline: "Glasgow is a city for everyone. Art lovers, foodies, lovers of nightlife, shoppers, museum enthusiasts, sports fans, children… you could spend a decade in this wonderful city and never stop exploring."


Reasons to live in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Local editor Gulnora: "Traditionally a vibrant working class area and home to London's dock workers, Tower Hamlets is modernising and blooming into one of the great family-friendly areas of London."

Reasons to live in Kingston Upon Thames

Kingston Upon Thames

Kingston Upon Thames Local editor Cherry: "Kingston provides the best in retail alongside the most beautiful open spaces."


Reasons to live in Oxford


Oxford Local editor Camilla: "I think the best thing about the city is that you can have an amazing day out without spending much money – or any at all."



Reasons to live in Milton Keynes


Milton Keynes editor Catherine: "Milton Keynes has so many best bits it's hard to pin down one. You can be in the middle of the city centre but within walking distance of tranquil nature."