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Is THIS the UK’s blandest place to live? Residents brand Falmouth ‘boring and expensive’ as it is voted Britain’s most depressing town – but furious locals slam second home owners for sucking the life out of their ‘gorgeous’ Cornish seaside resort

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A ‘gorgeous’ seaside town in Cornwall has been voted as the most depressing place to live in Britain as furious locals blame second home owners for sucking the life out of the community.

Falmouth came out top in an annual poll ahead of the likes of Alloa in Scotland, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, and Crawley in West Sussex. 

Savage reviews on satirical website iLiveHere, where people leave honest and brutal assessments, branded the area as ‘bland and boring’ and said it had an air of ‘soul-destroying mediocrity with a gaping cultural void’.

But shocked locals have hit back and have blamed second home owners for sucking the life out of their ‘gorgeous’ seaside town. 

Homes in the town – which has the third largest natural harbour in the world – sell on average for around £400,000, with celebrities such as Flog It!’s Paul Martin and novelist Joseph Conrad once calling the area home. 

Falmouth pipped serial winners Peterborough to the top spot by 27 votes with it being suggested by iLiveHere ‘the power of social media and word of mouth is what propelled Falmouth’ to number one. 

An annual poll on satirical website iLiveHere has revealed the most 20 depressing towns to live in Britain

Falmouth came out top in an annual poll ahead of the likes of Alloa in Scotland, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, and Crawley in West Sussex

Falmouth came out top in an annual poll ahead of the likes of Alloa in Scotland, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, and Crawley in West Sussex

One person could not comprehend how Falmouth ranked above the likes of Blackpool, Burnley and Luton. 

They said Falmouth was ‘always busy’ and attracts ‘countless tourists’. 

‘The locals are friendly, the food is good and there’s loads of decent restaurants,’ they added.

‘The coastal walks are epic, it’s fairly diverse class-wise and even in the summer when it’s packed it’s still a pleasant place to be (unlike Looe and St Ives which while they are both beautiful places to visit, parking is a total nightmare).’

Another said the town was ‘gorgeous’. ‘Who believes these soul destroyers?,’ she said. 

Others, however, were inclined to agree as one said: ‘It’s not just Falmouth, it’s boring all over Cornwall. It’s all fur coat, no knickers.’

The team at iLiveHere said, ‘We have to admit, we know absolutely nothing about Falmouth. We googled it, it looks picturesque but we’re sure it’s a facade it trades on, and who are we to question the wisdom of the crowd? 

Savage reviews on satirical website iLiveHere, where people leave honest and brutal assessments, branded the area as 'bland and boring' and said it had an air of 'soul-destroying mediocrity with a gaping cultural void'

Savage reviews on satirical website iLiveHere, where people leave honest and brutal assessments, branded the area as ‘bland and boring’ and said it had an air of ‘soul-destroying mediocrity with a gaping cultural void’

A swimmer enjoys the clear water and clean sands of Gyllyngvase Beach in September 2023 as the UK experienced a late summer heatwave

A swimmer enjoys the clear water and clean sands of Gyllyngvase Beach in September 2023 as the UK experienced a late summer heatwave

BBC Flog It!'s antiques expert Paul Martin is a former resident of the seaside town and was educated at Falmouth Grammar School

BBC Flog It!’s antiques expert Paul Martin is a former resident of the seaside town and was educated at Falmouth Grammar School

Homes in the town - which has the third largest natural harbour in the world - sell on average for around £400,000, novelist Joseph Conrad once calling the area home

Homes in the town – which has the third largest natural harbour in the world – sell on average for around £400,000, novelist Joseph Conrad once calling the area home

Peterborough in Cambridgeshire finished second in the poll having took the title in previous years

Peterborough in Cambridgeshire finished second in the poll having took the title in previous years  

And the beautiful St Marks Church in the heart of Aberdeen wasn't enough to stop people voting for the town as it finished in third spot

And the beautiful St Marks Church in the heart of Aberdeen wasn’t enough to stop people voting for the town as it finished in third spot 

Falmouth came higher in the poll than the likes of Croydon which finished in 12th position

Falmouth came higher in the poll than the likes of Croydon which finished in 12th position

Luton finished outside the top 10 spot in 11th much to the bafflement of those who live in Falmouth

Luton finished outside the top 10 spot in 11th much to the bafflement of those who live in Falmouth

‘Hell we might even take a trip to this Cornish port and stay in an Airbnb that is now owned by a London landlord that a local family once lived in, to take in what we imagine is a sterile socially cleansed fishing theme park for DFLs.’ 

In 2022, comedian, artist and musician Seamas Carey said he could no longer afford to rent let alone buy in Falmouth because of people flocking to the area to buy homes.

‘I am only too well aware of the issues going on here right now; the lack of affordable housing and the high demand which is pushing house prices up and up; I’m worried about the lack of infrastructure, hospital beds, the roads filling up, the bins overflowing, the surging footfall in the countryside causing damage to the landscape and the eco system,’ he said.

‘I am concerned people want to move here with no understanding for what came before and they project their own fantasies on to this place and therefore the strangeness and the odd little things about Cornwall that I love, get lost.’

US tourists are also likely to disagree with the poll having visited Falmouth as part of a tour of Cornwall in July last year.

Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis filmed a fascinating video documenting their first-ever trip to the region that clocked up over 150,000 views. 

It uncovered some of the attractions that their fellow countrymen and women have been missing out on, from (very large) pasties to ‘delicious’ fish and chips and ‘breathtaking’ views.

After spending three days in Cornwall – visiting Falmouth, the Lizard Peninsula, Penzance, Marazion, and St Ives they concluded that it’s ‘the most incredible place in the UK’.

As part of the trip they visited ‘Stones’ bakery, where they try their first-ever sausage roll, and Dolly’s Tea Room where they indulged in scones with clotted cream and jam.

In February last year the Prince and Princess of Wales – also titled the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall – made their first joint official visit to the county since taking on their new roles. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales laugh as they attempt to refurbish a boat during their tour of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth last year

The Prince and Princess of Wales laugh as they attempt to refurbish a boat during their tour of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth last year

William and Kate visited the harbour town of Falmouth to learn about the area’s heritage at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall before visiting a community centre.

During their visit to the museum’s workshop, they helped those working on the refurbishment of the Kiwi, a 14-foot sailing dinghy which was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as a wedding present from the Royal New Zealand Navy. 

The Princess of Wales looked particularly thrilled to see her old prep school teacher Jim Embury – who now volunteers at the museum – and greeted him with a hug. 

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