Moving out of London is a big step for a lot of families, but many still take the plunge. However, in recent years young families have been choosing more urban surroundings than perhaps they grew up in themselves.
With amenities from cultural hubs to great schools, shops and transport links, with all of the charm of a large town, some of our smaller Cathedral cities are not almost as difficult to find a good house in as Fulham or Chelsea. Many new families are looking for houses in Oxford, Cambridge, Winchester, Bath, Bristol or Exeter to name but a few.
Our latest series chooses the best smaller cities to live in outside London. We have found the most sought-after streets, the finest houses, the most charming shops and local areas, as well as talked to the expert agents in each one to help you decide where to buy, and how much you might need to pay for yout dream house.