Britain’s Underdog Towns – Are they Really that bad?

In the UK we are used to hearing about the glittering lights of London, and the thriving metropolis of Manchester, the chocolate box cottages of the Cotswolds and the stunning, sweeping coastlines of Cornwall, but there are some parts of the UK which attract slightly less positive attention – but you may be surprised at what part these lowly places have played in the creation of modern Britain….

Slough – The butt of many a joke, Slough is home to the largest trading estate in Europe, and it has attracted many a negative comment, not least from John Betjeman who wrote a whole poem complaining about Slough. But Slough is home to a huge range of companies providing employment, from Mars to Slough same day courier the trading estate is keeping the wheels of Britain turning. Not to mention it was the birthplace of the Ford GT40 and where Gerry Anderson filmed the famous Thunderbirds series.

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Scunthorpe – An old industrial town in Lincolnshire, Scunthorpe is often seen as a former steel town, and suffered during the 1980s as many industrial towns did. But this northern town is surrounded by glorious countryside, including Normanby Hall Country Park and Ashby Ville nature reserve. With access to all of this beauty is a great place for tourists hoping to make the most of countryside walks to visit. It also has the Joan Plowright theatre, named after Dame Joan Plowright, the famous actress that was born in the town.

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Doncaster – A northern Yorkshire town that appeared in a survey of top 10 places that are the worst to live in the UK, this seems a very un-true reflection of the town. Because of it’s industrial past, it suffered economic problems during the 1980s, but since 2004 has been undergoing huge regeneration. It is also home to Doncaster race course – attracting people out for a day at the races from all over the country.