A city in Buckinghamshire has been named one of the best places to live in the UK, thanks to its strong transport links and green spaces.

The Telegraph published the results of its scientific ranking of the best and worst cities in the UK this week - handing Bath in Somerset the title for best all-rounder and ranking Carlisle in Cumbria as the worst of the bunch.

Hot off the heels of being named the fifth best place to live in the whole of the UK by The Sunday Times last month, Bucks city Milton Keynes also made a pretty favourable impression on Telegraph judges as they delved into the various factors deemed to show 'scientific' merit for this latest survey. 

Milton Keynes was ranked the 26th best city in Britain, out of 69 total competitors.

The Telegraph conducted the research in December 2023 using a range of data sets across the four categories of hospitality and amenities, culture and heritage sites, transport and nature and green spaces.

Although its hospitality and amenities score - based on crime rates, the number of top-rated restaurants and Airbnb listings - was relatively low compared to other cities, the Bucks entry regained ground thanks to its strong transport links and range of natural green spaces.

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It was handed a total score of 149 points, putting it just behind popular city break spots Norwich, Winchester and Truro.

Bath, the UK's only city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, came out top on the list with a score of 248, with points fairly equally disseminated across the four categories.

Meanwhile, Wakefield in West Yorkshire and Carlisle brought up the rear with 62 and 43 total points respectively.

Milton Keynes appears to be experiencing something of a resurgence in popular opinion of late and was recently named one of the best ten places to live in the commuter belt by The Telegraph, alongside High Wycombe and Amersham in Bucks. 

It also managed to crack the newspaper's top ten rankings for transport links, thanks to its commuter-friendly distance of under an hour to London.

If that wasn't enough, the city was named the fifth best place to live in the UK as a whole by The Sunday Times in March, based on factors including education, transport, culture and local retail trade.

Judges praised its "swathes of parkland, contemplative canal walks and oodles of traffic-free strolling and cycling".