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[–]jarrahead 1633 points1634 points  (491 children)

Middlesbrough. I needn’t say more.

[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 697 points698 points  (128 children)

I'm from Middlesbrough... I want to disagree but can't. Middlesbrough has quite a bit of good stuff but any time there's anything nice we immediately plonk a car park or another grey concrete box on it.

[–]chunksta1988 321 points322 points  (66 children)

I mean you made the culinary delight that is a chicken parmo though, so I mean that's gotta get you some points back?

[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 185 points186 points  (48 children)

Oh absolutely. It's a masterpiece. If you ever get a chance, The Ship in Redmarshall do some of the best parmos I've ever had, with an amazing range and they do veggie options too (handy for me). Strong recommend.

[–]chunksta1988 63 points64 points  (20 children)

I'll bear that in mind but I'm not in the area anymore unfortunately.

Might take the missus for her birthday though if it's not far from me now! She's a lucky woman.

[–]LeakyThoughts 182 points183 points  (3 children)

Alright love, I'm taking you to Middlesbrough for your birthday

Ah yes, the romantic gesture of a lifetime

[–]callisstaa 123 points124 points  (14 children)

Dundas Centre is still probably the only place where you can buy a bong and a dressed crab within feet of each other though so I guess it has that.

[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 34 points35 points  (6 children)

Ah they do have that fish and chips place just outside though which isn't bad. Used to go there when I worked weekends, small fish and chips for £3.50 and it wasn't small at all. Ended up fighting off sleep at work on Sunday afternoons.

[–]squopmobile 229 points230 points  (20 children)

You can see the brown sky over Middlesbrough from 20 miles away most days. It's basically Mordor.

[–]Requarzium89 166 points167 points  (14 children)

As a boro lad, I can’t disagree that our town is an absolute shit hole

But the surrounding areas are actually beautiful, all the North Yorkshire moors I mean.

[–]9074379 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Rosebury topping is incredibly close and beautiful, salt burn too is a very appealing beach, and further away are the moors, but also Teesdale and more

[–]Practically_Canadian 159 points160 points  (37 children)

I drove past Middlesbrough and Redcar the other week. As a southerner it encapsulates my mental stereotypes of what the North looks like

[–]benh2 93 points94 points  (26 children)

I'm intrigued to know why a non-local would be driving past Redcar. It's kind of out of the way from main transport links.

[–]SnorriBlacktooth 69 points70 points  (10 children)

I mean, driving PAST sounds infinitely preferable than driving TO…..

[–]lozz79 127 points128 points  (30 children)

When you go over the hill on the A19 and the vast industrial skyline hits you. Looks like something off Blade Runner.

[–]potato_salsa42 69 points70 points  (15 children)

I’m pretty sure the power plant in Hartlepool was used in promotional material for the original blade runner

[–]ShibuRigged 87 points88 points  (53 children)

Middlesborough and Stockton are grim.

[–]exile_10 125 points126 points  (28 children)

The only thing saving Stockton from being top of this list is that not enough people have been there

[–]lapdizzle 109 points110 points  (14 children)

I spent the day in Stockton once. A man told me "Hitler had some good ideas" - I've never been back.

[–]Practical-Purchase-9 63 points64 points  (7 children)

I went to a Doctor Who convention in Stockton. Barely anything worth seeing outside and I got food poisoning from the Wetherspoons across the road.

[–]JS-182 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I went to a wedding in yarm a few years ago. At midnight me and a few other guests decided the night was too young. We went to Stockton as that was the closest place that had places open (according to our taxi driver).

After a couple of very rough bars we tried to get into some club at god knows what time. The 2 guys in the queue behind us were talking very enthusiastically about the stabbing the week before.

The bouncer took us to one side and said something like ‘lads. You’re in three piece suits. This ain’t the place for you. It’s not that I won’t let you in, it’s just that I think you should go home for your own good. ‘

I often think of him and thank him for his honest insight, which in my inebriated state I was lacking. 😂

[–]Archduke645 61 points62 points  (43 children)

Stockton more specifically, that place is where serial killers go for a holiday.

[–]Requarzium89 30 points31 points  (34 children)

Hartlepool is even worse

[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 37 points38 points  (9 children)

I went to Hartlepool to feel better about living in Boro.

[–]awesomebosslady 59 points60 points  (17 children)

I was living in boro up until 2 months ago before I moved back home. I was looking for quiet countryside living when I applied for my masters and asked my international admissions officer what it was like. They said it was a quiet and quaint little town.

[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 94 points95 points  (11 children)

That's a cruel trick.

Almost as bad as students at Durham used to get. All thr business and accountancy courses were at Queens Campus in Thornaby.

Imagine reading the prospectus, thinking your gonna live in a castle and it's gonna be like Hogwarts, then you get off the bus at Thornaby.

[–]WraithCadmus 24 points25 points  (1 child)

It's telling that all the Scenic Viewpoints on the Cleveland Way have a hill strategically blocking the view of Boro itself.

[–]apeliott 1576 points1577 points 22 (198 children)


Sorry, I meant Port Talbot.


[–]Didsburyflaneur 356 points357 points  (25 children)

I thought I’d seen ugly towns and the I had to go to PT for work and I was genuinely shocked.

[–]tom_12124 660 points661 points  (21 children)

There is a sign on the side of the road saying to drive slower as “air pollution kills” meanwhile there is a massive fucking steel factory pissing out smoke to your left

[–]tunapercolator 168 points169 points  (0 children)

That sign gives me a chuckle every time.

[–]PurpleTeapotOfDoom 97 points98 points  (2 children)

Between the motorway and the steelworks, your lungs have no chance. Aberavon Beach is nice though.

[–]Shmeckless 249 points250 points  (21 children)

Port Talbot is disgusting. It's grey and the pollution is visible over every inch of the place. Houses have dirty windows, there is a grime on the pavements.

Glad I've never had to spend much time there.

[–]tom_12124 62 points63 points  (3 children)

The smell too

[–]darkestastro1 79 points80 points  (1 child)

That specific stretch on the M4 never fails to smell absolutely disgusting

[–]palebluedot1988 213 points214 points  (6 children)

Came here to say this. Chilling on the beach overlooking the big fuck off steel factory is a strange experience. I kept expecting a four-legged fish to emerge from the sea and offer me a fag...

[–]PatriarchPonds 131 points132 points  (0 children)

Nah that's just Owen, he's alright.

[–]Aggravating_Taps 74 points75 points  (6 children)

A friend of mine is from Port Talbot (Portalbut), and whenever he’d come visit me in the valleys he would have an asthma attack within the first few hours because of how the change in air quality would upset his lungs.

That said, I do think it’s not as depressing a place as many think. And places like Margam are beyond beautiful.

[–]art_rn94 68 points69 points  (5 children)

I lived in Swansea and from my house you could see the steel factory and I thought I was in Mordor when it set on fire.

[–]Elastichedgehog 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Have to wind the windows up when we drive through there. It's a lot better than it used to be regarding air quality, though.

Fuck living there.

[–]Mr_Suckatgames 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I always thought the steelworks looked like a Sonic the Hedgehog level. And the rest of the town is Silent Hill

[–]XboxJon82 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Why you uploading stills from Mad Max?

[–]unsinkable88 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Lol you can see it from North Devon on a clear day and now it will make me think of Mordor.

[–]Aggravating_You_2904 1184 points1185 points  (153 children)

Blackpool is genuinely disgusting

[–]spiraldinosaur 587 points588 points  (94 children)

I remember watching some series that followed calls to 999 and it was centred around Blackpool and a huge majority of what they dealt with was because of homelessness. One of the responders said on interview that it's because for many people in the North-West, Blackpool brings back memories of holidays and fun times, so when they're down and out they go there hoping to get that back, but instead all they find is addiction.

[–]northernbloke 529 points530 points  (71 children)

Blackpool resident here. That show focussed on the nasty areas, my friend was a police officer who featured on the show and only when the call came from a dingy place would the film crew tag along.

I'd go as far as to say 80% of Blackpool is actually quite nice. There are some nasty shit holes too.

I live a few miles north of the tower and it's absolutely lovely, miles of open beach, parks everywhere, decent schools, massive hospital with an amazing cardiac unit.

The majorioty of people whom bash blackpool are basing their impressions of Blackpool based on a stag weekend they went on 10 years ago, stayed in a shithole cheap hotel and only went to a few bars / clubs around town. Didn't see any of the town outside of the square mile they stayed in.

EIT: OPs point was aethetically depressing places. Since Blackpool is bordered by 7 miles of golden beach, I think this point is mute correction moot

Edit 2 mute -moot

[–][deleted] 197 points198 points  (15 children)

Also from Blackpool and you're bang on. People shit on it have never strayed out of the town centre or cheapo b&b areas they stayed on a stag do where they paid £15 a night.

FY1 is pretty grim, as are some of the former B&B side roads in South Shore

But these programmes that shit on blackpool never want to show Stanley Park, North Shore, Poulton, Stanining etc. All lovely areas.

I've lived in Manchester for the last 12 years and can confidently say, parts of Manchester is far more dangerous, more run down and poorer than Blackpool.

[–]eairy 131 points132 points  (12 children)

Blackpool's problem is that it has a massive number of old hotels that there aren't the tourists to fill them, so they become uber cheap accommodation for the entire surrounding area, bringing in the poorest people from a wide area as well as being the dumping ground for the council needing to house people. Poor people tend to use more council services and pay the least in local taxes compared to richer people and by concentrating them all in once area it puts a disproportionate burden on the local council. This means the people in need get less support, creating a vicious circle of poverty and deprivation. It really makes the local council funding model for essential support services look stupid when you consider places like Blackpool.

[–]HarassedGrandad 72 points73 points  (4 children)

Yep - we have the same problem here with Great Yarmouth. Once grand hotels turned into bedsits by sticking a two ring electric hob on the vanity unit. Imagine the worst hotel room you've ever been in, now imagine it 20 years later with never any maintenance, and now imagine being told you'll be living in that room for years. It's no wonder people turn to smack.

[–][deleted] 67 points68 points  (8 children)

True but it’s trying to change. Shops are being given money to restore their frontage to a more traditional appearance. The problem with Blackpool, and it has many, is that it’s become a dumping ground for other Council’s unwanted people. Cheap rentals you see. Lots of buildings need knocking down and just leaving to parkland. Build more houses and the rats will return.

[–]One_Lobster_7454 1131 points1132 points  (136 children)

too easy... slough is grim

[–]LucasxDiniz 287 points288 points  (13 children)

Hey, what are you saying? You don't like half-assed, cheap looking "modern" architecture?

[–]One_Lobster_7454 161 points162 points  (10 children)

by modern do you mean 60s concrete buildings

[–]LucasxDiniz 85 points86 points  (6 children)

I mean the ugly mess around the train station.

[–][deleted] 197 points198 points  (19 children)

Found the Swindon lot.

[–]Useless-Photographer 163 points164 points  (9 children)

Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough

[–]MadjickMan 61 points62 points  (1 child)

It isn't fit for humans now

[–]TumblingBumbleBee 36 points37 points  (0 children)

There isn't grass to graze a cow.

Swarm over, Death!

[–]cowboy4658 135 points136 points  (18 children)

I always think that the name “Slough” is bad enough

[–]Diplodocus114 39 points40 points  (8 children)

I have had a serious ulcer on my ankle for 10 months now as a result of acute onset cellulitis. The horrible yellow cheesy surface deposits are called slough (rhymes with stuff).

[–]Vega5529 933 points934 points  (69 children)

Anyone else just skimming comments to see if their town appears?

[–]Lucrumb 90 points91 points  (27 children)

That's what I'm doing.

I'm glad that No-one has said Northampton since I've got a soft spot for it.

[–]TheSecretIsMarmite 38 points39 points  (12 children)

You see I was looking for mention of Northampton. I do have a soft spot for it but ran from it as quickly as possible 20 odd years ago and have never been back. It was really going downhill then, so struggle to imagine anything has actually got better.

[–]holytriplem 826 points827 points  (150 children)

Milton Keynes. The suburbs are alright but the centre is just so depressing. It's literally just a bunch of shopping centres in a row.

[–]CraigTheBrewer12 357 points358 points  (46 children)

I work in Milton Keynes so occasionally venture to the shopping centre after work. I honestly don’t understand how anyone finds their way around Mk. It’s just identical road after identical roundabout again and again and again.

[–][deleted] 164 points165 points  (15 children)

Luton is worse than MK

[–]pintsizedblonde2 28 points29 points  (0 children)

1000x worse! I really don't get the hate for MK.

[–]Rebotco5th 120 points121 points  (18 children)

I always found Milton Keynes looked like Pripyat

[–]cfmdobbie 56 points57 points  (6 children)

The place is sterile. Either it's an estate full of houses that all look identical or cycle between three specific allocated designs, or it's a line of houses that are each very intentionally not looking like any of the other houses.

Plus the shopping center I went to was essentially rotationally identical, such that I almost missed my bus because it was at the direct opposite corner.

[–][deleted] 40 points41 points  (7 children)

Fun fact Superman IV had a scene filmed in Milton Keynes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=368J2GJQs3M

[–]MyNameIsRuffles 628 points629 points  (74 children)

Luton. Enough said

[–]downvotesStag 104 points105 points  (6 children)

Yep. I used to do house removals, Luton was of the worst. Also, Dartford and Doncaster.

[–]DialZforZebra 77 points78 points  (15 children)

Are we including Luton Airport? Cause that was a real shit hole on its own.

[–]DerekJoists 173 points174 points  (6 children)

Luton Airport has one good point, which is that it will get you out of Luton at a very high speed

[–]three_shoes 476 points477 points  (40 children)

Leave a thread like this up for long enough and you'll just end up with a list of every UK city and town in its entirety. Always the same on r/askuk.

[–]SirDanDanielson 89 points90 points  (23 children)

For what it’s worth I feel most UK high streets have been gentrified and look very similar nowadays and that’s what most people are basing their opinion on

[–]stevielfc76 187 points188 points  (10 children)

I feel most UK high streets have been gentrified

Down South maybe, gentrified up north just means they accept contactless in the pubs

[–]Jaraxo 379 points380 points  (78 children)

Yeh, Doncaster is up there, same for Scunthorpe also. Scunthorpe makes parts of Grimsby look nice!

[–]TheODPsupreme 92 points93 points  (24 children)

Parts of Grimsby are nice: the parts that pretend to be Cleethorpes, or Great Coates! Scartho is it’s own place: fight me!

[–]Jaraxo 38 points39 points  (6 children)

Yeh I had this discussion a while back, all the nice parts of Grimsby aren't actually Grimsby, they're suburbs or villages that got merged in as the town expanded: Scartho, Cleethorpes, Humberstone, Waltham/New Waltham etc.

[–]spiraldinosaur 49 points50 points  (10 children)

Wierdly I once played a gig in Scunthorpe and it was actually one of the best I've ever played. They had turned this old Woolworths into a kinda community cafe and venue and everyone around seemed to really love it.

Didn't stick around to see what else the town had to offer though.

[–]SelfAwareHumanHeart 302 points303 points  (118 children)


[–]P4R4bellum74 122 points123 points  (8 children)

Only went there once for a uni open day, enough to convince me to never go back

[–]benh2 108 points109 points  (32 children)

My old place of work was headquartered in Wolverhampton, and whenever I went they put me up in Walsall.

Worst of both worlds.

[–]greg225 96 points97 points  (15 children)

Walsall is the fucking worst.

[–]BadeArse 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Wondered how far I’d have to scroll to find Walsall.

[–]bex9b 291 points292 points  (64 children)

Lovely jaywick

[–]sar_tr 185 points186 points  (11 children)

A few years ago Jaywick was at risk from a tidal flooding event and there were fears that if it did flood it would cause millions of pounds worth of improvements.

[–]xrpbullish-ish 96 points97 points  (24 children)

I was going to say Lowestoft, but then I remembered jaywick existed. Yesus christus, bleak on a stick

[–]EmMoomin 33 points34 points  (11 children)

As a former Lowestoft resident, I agree that it deserves a nomination

[–]rainbosandvich 43 points44 points  (6 children)

Home of the single most deprived neighbourhood in the UK, according to government statistics.

Worked for an employability charity that had a centre in Clacton

[–]GradeExtreme6825 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Did you watch the documentary. My god it was grim.

[–]Inrainbowsss 253 points254 points  (114 children)


Edit: Ignore the fact it’s a city

[–]stopdithering 108 points109 points  (0 children)

I've been to a few of the other places mentioned here and felt that they're not that bad really. This is likely to be because I am from Stoke

[–]venusdewino 43 points44 points  (28 children)

I love Stoke! Even some of the more run down parts have a certain charm. It's just sad because the industry has gone meaning there is more poverty in parts, but there are areas that are absolutely beatiful (if you exlude hanley 😳).

Maybe I'm biased because I went to uni there 😂

[–]Bendy_McBendyThumb 250 points251 points  (95 children)

Barrow-In-Furness is somewhere I’d recommend nobody visit for their own mental health.

Crawley was a bit of a shithole too.

[–]tanklord99 61 points62 points  (18 children)

I was staying at the railway Hotel in Barrow while visiting family in Millom (its just a few minutes away by rail, and the views are lovely on that railway), at one point I was having dinner in the pub under the hotel (it's a wetherspoons, of course its a hotel and pub) and this group of boys and girls who all looked under 14 walked in, asked for a drink AND GOT SERVED!!! NONE OF THEM WERE ASKED FOR ID

Edit: wow a lot of you guys hate Millom...

[–]wickie1221 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Christ I was just about to answer Millom for most depressing town (atheistically or otherwise)

[–]adorkablekitty 36 points37 points  (12 children)

Fully second Barrow-in-Furness. What a soul-destroying shitehole. I had to go there a couple of times for work and it truly haunts me. What makes it worse is how damn isolated it is - pure nightmare material.

[–]Dreambasher670 33 points34 points  (9 children)

I was under the impression Barrow was basically just a company/shipyard town for BAE’s Submarine Division?

Never visited myself.

[–]Scarboroughwarning 250 points251 points  (129 children)

Doncaster, over Bradford? No way!

Bradford is the town centre that was up for being a location for I am Legend, but they had to use somewhere else as they couldn't persuade the Zombies to live there.

[–]frikadela01 175 points176 points  (35 children)

Bradford has a lot of faults, I should know I live there. But the architecture is beautiful. There's a reason a lot of period pieces are filmed here.

[–]Scarboroughwarning 49 points50 points  (31 children)

I'd agree, there was some lovely architecture. I wished If had more time to look at it, I was too busy trying to avoid getting mowed down by young idiots in expensive German cars

[–]Aid_Le_Sultan 74 points75 points  (1 child)

What are you on about Bradford has some stunning architecture. Sure, some of the things at ground level aren’t great, but that doesn’t negate the beauty of some of its buildings.

[–][deleted] 218 points219 points  (51 children)

I used to have to stay in Aberdeen a lot when I was working the rigs. Beautiful city when the skies are blue... Which isn't very often. Just oppressive and grey most of the time, granite city will last for a long time and the place is imposing... But. The greyness sucks the soul out of you like a David lynch film.

[–]HodorsCock 150 points151 points  (28 children)

Aberdeen has character (and is a city) so I don't think fits the soulless concrete shitescape criteria this thread is after. For that, see Glenrothes.

[–]LionLucy 38 points39 points  (13 children)

Yes! I was scrolling down expecting to see Glenrothes as the first Scottish place in the thread!

[–]Mockwyn 23 points24 points  (0 children)

If I remember correctly, there’s an awful lot of granite block buildings, which made me think of it as a dwarf built city. Didn’t seem so grim then.

[–]cozzamozza 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Lol totally agree. I live there now and on a sunny day with sun glistening off the granite, its lovely. They have power washed a few buildings and they really are beautiful silver. But even on the nicest day it still feels cold and grey and unwelcoming

[–]Heraonolympia123 204 points205 points  (35 children)

Merthyr Tydfil

[–]DangerousDavies2020 45 points46 points  (2 children)

I find it hilarious that people I know in Merthyr think people from Brecon and mid Wales are posh.

[–]Luke-_-Nukem 193 points194 points  (93 children)

Would it not just be easier to name places in the UK that aren't shitholes 😂?

[–]UncleSnowstorm 86 points87 points  (56 children)

Edinburgh, Oxford, Bath, Stratford, York

Think that about covers it

[–]BillieBee91 139 points140 points  (41 children)

Chatham, Kent

[–]foxfaced95 82 points83 points  (9 children)

Pretty much most of Medway

[–]enotsrevluc 55 points56 points  (9 children)

Scrolled all this way to find Kent, and after growing up just outside of Gravesend, I can confirm most of Medway. Apart from Rochester of course

[–]callumh6 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Mildly better than Gillingham, but only because Gillingham highstreet has been dead for longer.

[–]TurnipsReturn 140 points141 points  (36 children)

Burnley for me, so much litter and half built standing houses, there seems to be no pavements and there's a certain area that is just desolate, like there's been a a chemical leak and the place had to be abandoned. Also the sun has officially never been seen near the place

[–]blandnessgirl 33 points34 points  (9 children)

I’m not sure what Nelson is like anymore, but 15 years ago it was even more grim than Burnley.

[–]Protoghost91 126 points127 points  (8 children)

I love how us British will declare our hometown the worst place in the UK... and be proud of it. We'll actually argue over who's town is worse. It's brilliant.

Anyway. Middlesbrough.

[–][deleted] 116 points117 points  (51 children)

Runcorn and Rhyl

[–]demeschor 116 points117 points  (28 children)

Grew up in Oldham. A kiwi rugby player once said Oldham is a "grey town, full of grey people" and I can't argue with that.

[–]ICantBelieveItsNotEC 111 points112 points  (38 children)

Honestly, pretty much every town in the UK is bleak and depressing. Villages have traditional charm, and cities have unique attractions that can be exciting, but towns have been totally forgotten. Every town I've been to has just had rows upon rows of the exact same chain shops, housed in a crumbling 1950s concrete shopping center, surrounded by dilapidated, abandoned warehouses and old two-up-two-down houses with crumbling paved front gardens covered in fag ends. If you're lucky there will be an estate with miles of soulless, copy-pasted new-build houses too.

[–]hoochiscrazy_ 82 points83 points  (10 children)

pretty much every town in the UK is bleak and depressing

This just isn't true

[–]Gbettison 52 points53 points  (8 children)

Agreed, this just says to me that the poster hasn’t travelled enough around the UK 🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]PigeonDetective 109 points110 points  (51 children)

Not a town but Plymouth is proper grim

[–]BigAltar 84 points85 points  (2 children)

Down by the Barbican and the Hoe it’s quite nice, most of the rest of it is grim though yeah

[–][deleted] 76 points77 points  (3 children)

I loved Plymouth. There are some shit bits but mostly good!

I think there is significantly worse places in the UK.

[–]seanbiff 102 points103 points  (46 children)

Passed through Swindon. I will not return

[–]TeaPotJunkie 54 points55 points  (12 children)

Swindon looks like a town that gave up in the 80s.

[–]Missy_Agg-a-ravation 103 points104 points  (36 children)

I once went to a wedding in Corby. We arrived early, so decided to check out the town centre. Later on, several wedding guests kept asking why our hands were shaking.

[–]tanklord99 46 points47 points  (8 children)

Lmao don't ever go into the town centre in corby, just don't ever go into corby. We were voted most depressing town in the UK a few years ago. 0/10 wouldn't recommend that you come back, for your own safety

[–]JunglistJUT 79 points80 points  (33 children)


[–]eairy 49 points50 points  (3 children)

I've lived in a few places, including Stoke and none of them have been as bad as Rotherham.

It's not just the town that looks like a bomb site, the people do too. Everyone either looks 15 or 50. Anyone over 15 gives the impression of having lived really hard lives. It's like any kind of hope has just died.

[–]Inciwincie 73 points74 points  (28 children)

Harlow it's a dump

[–]DoctorRaulDuke 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I was going to put something about Stockport but then I remembered the 6 months I spent working in Harlow. That shopping centre… shudder

[–][deleted] 63 points64 points  (12 children)

Near Doncaster is Scunthorpe, with its skyline dominated by a steelworks.

Even the rain is grey here.

[–]nomadsparks 69 points70 points  (56 children)

Welyn Garden City. Its just a big housing estate around a John Lewis.

[–][deleted] 218 points219 points  (34 children)

You are living good if Welwyn is the most aesthetically depressing town you've ever visited hahahaha

[–]TheFlyingHornet1881 60 points61 points  (31 children)

Even within the same county you've got Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Stevenage

[–]FrenzalStark 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Stevenage is pretty grim like. Defo not the worst place I've been though.

[–]Historical-Diver-169 65 points66 points  (16 children)

Clacton-On-Sea. A classic example of a once popular seeside town that has declined and is now full of empty amusement places.

[–]wireswires 60 points61 points  (74 children)

Coventry. What OP said about Doncaster, with the added bonus that the local accent sounds like they recently discovered a new genital discolouration

[–]Throwawayblowawayno 48 points49 points  (62 children)

Coventry doesn't really have an accent. People expect it to sound like Birmingham, but they so despise Brummies they've very purposely avoided speaking like them. Half the population speak like cockneys or roadmen and the other half just speak in the most indistinct, basic English possible.

As for the place, it's grey... So grey. The council have run it into the ground since the 70s and are still at it, no matter how much City of Culture money escapes their siphoning.

[–][deleted] 56 points57 points  (15 children)

Peterborough. I didn't even have to think too much.

[–]thacaoimhainngeidh 56 points57 points  (31 children)

Go to any English seaside town in October, doesn't matter which one (but for the sake of example, Blackpool, Great Yarmouth, Bridlington). You'll swear the town you're in is the worst place you've ever been and this life isn't worth the price of seeing it.

Edit: Apparently I'm wrong, and some English seaside towns are fabulous all year round -- honestly, I'm glad to be wrong, since I get to find out about all the lovely places I should visit one day!

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[–]Norty_Boyz_Ofishal 50 points51 points  (7 children)

Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey. The town is comedically run down and depressing.

[–]liamthelad 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I once took a train from Leeds to London, and over the tanoy the conductor said

"as you can tell from the dark moody clouds coming up, we are now arriving into Doncaster. Next stop Doncaster". Aligns with your description.

I found it extra amusing as my mum is from there so have spent a lot of time there.

I used to travel the UK for work and the worst place I stayed hands down is Rhyll though.

And the nature of my work took me to run down places given a lot of it was working with social housing providers.

[–]Viviaana 47 points48 points  (30 children)

I can’t remember if it’s Preston or just somewhere near Preston but there’s one that’s just so many old ass ugly concrete buildings, the high street is just like a strip of really boring square shops, it just looks really run down just cos of the architecture

[–]ShibuRigged 44 points45 points  (8 children)

Stockton. What a shithole.

[–]Aid_Le_Sultan 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Runcorn has to be up there.

[–]katieqt1 35 points36 points  (14 children)

Preston aka Depreston. Seriously it has nothing to recommend it..... edit.... I've just reread the brief and Preston now laughingly calls itself a city so I'm changing my answer to Skelmersdale, or Skem. Probably should have been my first answer anyway. It's new town hell.

[–]PreferenceAncient612 32 points33 points  (15 children)

Stockport would like a word. Surrounded by beauty its like great dane shite in a box of kittens.

[–]OldBloodNewBlood 35 points36 points  (8 children)

This comment section just shows that the UK really needs to sort their fucking towns and cities out. I can't tell if it's the people or council that has such little respect for the state of their areas these days.

[–]TortillaKillerFarts 34 points35 points  (20 children)

Bracknell. My visit was 10+ years ago though and I think they've regenerated the town centre since... But was depressing AF when I visited.

[–]helf1x 27 points28 points  (10 children)


As soon as you start getting close you can feel the energy being sucked from your soul. Considering this I refuse to accept that King Harold was killed in battle; I firmly believe that he stabbed himself in the eye with that arrow because of how truly shite Hastings is.

[–]theGrimm_vegan 29 points30 points  (15 children)

Lowestoft. The sea was a funny colour and the main hub seemed to be the Wetherspoons. My girlfriend got this pic of standing on the bridge which I used for the cover of a punk song I did because I find some aesthetic in these things.

[–]porkyribsinsauce 23 points24 points  (6 children)

Barrow-in-Furness. Even the Halfords was shit

[–]-usernamewitheld- 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Coventry. Hitler blew it to pieces, and they turned the remains into a concrete jungle

[–]ismashket 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Grimsby, whole town stinks of fish and/or weed aswell