Well positioned between Worcester, Gloucester and the Welsh borders, Hereford offers residents a perfect combination of urban and rural, refined living. A range of attractions - from the cathedral and the Cider Museum to a cinema and a bowling alley - can be found in the city centre, while the surrounding area is characterised by its plentiful golf courses and picturesque walking routes.

As well as this attractive mix of town and country, Hereford boasts a wide range of housing types. First-time buyers can take advantage of modest house prices (from £125,000 to £175,000) encompassing Victorian and late-20th century properties. North of the river are higher end premium properties with prices ranging from £300,000 to £900,000.

It also has a varied demography. The city is home to a mix of retired people and young professionals, and this diversity will grow further when a new university - New Model In Technology & Engineering, Hereford - opens its doors in 2017.

The city offers an extensive choice of primary and secondary schools, along with specialist colleges. What's more, the independent Hereford Cathedral School - which is believed to date back to the late 7th century - is thought to be one of the oldest schools in England.

It also has strong transport links. Junction 7 of the M5 connects Hereford to the north, while junction 8 of the M5 and M50 leads to the south. Regular services to Birmingham, Cardiff, London Paddington and Manchester leave from Hereford station.