The centre of town is a conservation area with picture-postcard cottages dotted around the old abbey.
Home to desirable Georgian properties and townhouses, Bridge Street and Broad Street in particular have lots of listed buildings.
The River Avon runs alongside the town; that and the meadow wetlands are a draw for walkers and cyclists, while the pink-tinged Anglo-Saxon abbey has a tower you can climb giving wonderful views of the countryside.
The 8,000 or so residents (as part of the Wychavon region) are, according to a study by The Halifax, enjoying the third highest quality of life in Britain based on life expectancy, crime rates, education, health and employment.
Residents’ favourite go-tos are said to include the covered market and The Pickled Plum pub and there are plenty of independent shops and restaurants.
80’s pop queen Toyah Wilcox lives here. Why? 'It’s A Mystery’! (We’re not being rude, just tenuous - that was the title of one of her hits!)
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