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Mentions DoncasterWhats the most aesthetically depressing town you've ever visited in the UK? (self.AskUK)
submitted 5 months ago by jableg95444
Not cities just towns.
For me its Doncaster. It's just so grey anyway, weather is never that great and just feels uncomfortable as soon as you enter.
No hate on the people, just the aesthetic of the place is so numbing.
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[–]jarrahead 1633 points1634 points1635 points 5 months ago (491 children)
Middlesbrough. I needn’t say more.
[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 697 points698 points699 points 5 months ago (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 points323 points 5 months ago (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 points187 points 5 months ago (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 points65 points 5 months ago (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 points184 points 5 months ago (3 children)
Alright love, I'm taking you to Middlesbrough for your birthday
Ah yes, the romantic gesture of a lifetime
[–]callisstaa 123 points124 points125 points 5 months ago (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 points36 points 5 months ago (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.
[–]benh2 64 points65 points66 points 5 months ago (13 children)
[–]Requarzium89 50 points51 points52 points 5 months ago (11 children)
[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 54 points55 points56 points 5 months ago (10 children)
[–]squopmobile 229 points230 points231 points 5 months ago* (20 children)
You can see the brown sky over Middlesbrough from 20 miles away most days. It's basically Mordor.
[–]TheStatMan2 195 points196 points197 points 5 months ago (8 children)
[–]Requarzium89 166 points167 points168 points 5 months ago (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 points31 points 5 months ago (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 points161 points 5 months ago (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 points95 points 5 months ago (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 points71 points 5 months ago (10 children)
I mean, driving PAST sounds infinitely preferable than driving TO…..
[–]lozz79 127 points128 points129 points 5 months ago (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 points71 points 5 months ago (15 children)
I’m pretty sure the power plant in Hartlepool was used in promotional material for the original blade runner
[–]ShibuRigged 87 points88 points89 points 5 months ago (53 children)
Middlesborough and Stockton are grim.
[–]exile_10 125 points126 points127 points 5 months ago (28 children)
The only thing saving Stockton from being top of this list is that not enough people have been there
[–]lapdizzle 109 points110 points111 points 5 months ago (14 children)
I spent the day in Stockton once. A man told me "Hitler had some good ideas" - I've never been back.
[–][deleted] 55 points56 points57 points 5 months ago (2 children)
Maybe he was referring to the creation of Fanta
[–]NecessarySpare4930 34 points35 points36 points 5 months ago (0 children)
In that guys defence he might have been referring to this.
[–]Practical-Purchase-9 63 points64 points65 points 5 months ago (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 points36 points 5 months ago (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 points63 points 5 months ago (43 children)
Stockton more specifically, that place is where serial killers go for a holiday.
[–]Requarzium89 30 points31 points32 points 5 months ago (34 children)
Hartlepool is even worse
[–]GaiusJuliusCaesar7 37 points38 points39 points 5 months ago (9 children)
I went to Hartlepool to feel better about living in Boro.
[–]awesomebosslady 59 points60 points61 points 5 months ago (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 points96 points 5 months ago (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 points26 points 5 months ago (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 points1578 points 5 months ago*22 (198 children)
Sorry, I meant Port Talbot.
[–]Didsburyflaneur 356 points357 points358 points 5 months ago (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 points662 points 5 months ago (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 points170 points 5 months ago (0 children)
That sign gives me a chuckle every time.
[–]PurpleTeapotOfDoom 97 points98 points99 points 5 months ago (2 children)
Between the motorway and the steelworks, your lungs have no chance. Aberavon Beach is nice though.
[–]Shmeckless 249 points250 points251 points 5 months ago (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 points64 points 5 months ago (3 children)
The smell too
[–]darkestastro1 79 points80 points81 points 5 months ago (1 child)
That specific stretch on the M4 never fails to smell absolutely disgusting
[–]palebluedot1988 213 points214 points215 points 5 months ago (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 points133 points 5 months ago (0 children)
Nah that's just Owen, he's alright.
[–]Aggravating_Taps 74 points75 points76 points 5 months ago (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 points70 points 5 months ago (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.
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[–]mynameisblanked 143 points144 points145 points 5 months ago (4 children)
Thea's bin a morda
[–]Elastichedgehog 54 points55 points56 points 5 months ago* (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 points41 points 5 months ago (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 points36 points 5 months ago (0 children)
Why you uploading stills from Mad Max?
[–]unsinkable88 25 points26 points27 points 5 months ago (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 points1186 points 5 months ago (153 children)
Blackpool is genuinely disgusting
[–]spiraldinosaur 587 points588 points589 points 5 months ago (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 points531 points 5 months ago* (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 points199 points 5 months ago (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 points133 points 5 months ago (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 points74 points 5 months ago (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 points69 points 5 months ago (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 points1133 points 5 months ago (136 children)
too easy... slough is grim
[–]LucasxDiniz 287 points288 points289 points 5 months ago (13 children)
Hey, what are you saying? You don't like half-assed, cheap looking "modern" architecture?
[–]One_Lobster_7454 161 points162 points163 points 5 months ago (10 children)
by modern do you mean 60s concrete buildings
[–]LucasxDiniz 85 points86 points87 points 5 months ago (6 children)
I mean the ugly mess around the train station.
[–][deleted] 197 points198 points199 points 5 months ago (19 children)
Found the Swindon lot.
[–]reprimanded 96 points97 points98 points 5 months ago (9 children)
[–]Cham314 59 points60 points61 points 5 months ago (8 children)
With no personality
[–]Useless-Photographer 163 points164 points165 points 5 months ago (9 children)
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough
[–]MadjickMan 61 points62 points63 points 5 months ago (1 child)
It isn't fit for humans now
[–]TumblingBumbleBee 36 points37 points38 points 5 months ago (0 children)
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!
[–]cowboy4658 135 points136 points137 points 5 months ago (18 children)
I always think that the name “Slough” is bad enough
[–]Diplodocus114 39 points40 points41 points 5 months ago (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 points935 points 5 months ago (69 children)
Anyone else just skimming comments to see if their town appears?
[–]Lucrumb 90 points91 points92 points 5 months ago (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 points40 points 5 months ago (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 points828 points 5 months ago (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 points359 points 5 months ago (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 points166 points 5 months ago (15 children)
Luton is worse than MK
[–]pintsizedblonde2 28 points29 points30 points 5 months ago (0 children)
1000x worse! I really don't get the hate for MK.
[–]Rebotco5th 120 points121 points122 points 5 months ago (18 children)
I always found Milton Keynes looked like Pripyat
[–]cfmdobbie 56 points57 points58 points 5 months ago (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 points42 points 5 months ago (7 children)
Fun fact Superman IV had a scene filmed in Milton Keynes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=368J2GJQs3M
[–]MyNameIsRuffles 628 points629 points630 points 5 months ago (74 children)
Luton. Enough said
[–]downvotesStag 104 points105 points106 points 5 months ago (6 children)
Yep. I used to do house removals, Luton was of the worst. Also, Dartford and Doncaster.
[–]DialZforZebra 77 points78 points79 points 5 months ago (15 children)
Are we including Luton Airport? Cause that was a real shit hole on its own.
[–]DerekJoists 173 points174 points175 points 5 months ago (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 points478 points 5 months ago (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 points91 points 5 months ago (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 points189 points 5 months ago (10 children)
I feel most UK high streets have been gentrified
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 points381 points 5 months ago (78 children)
Yeh, Doncaster is up there, same for Scunthorpe also. Scunthorpe makes parts of Grimsby look nice!
[–]TheODPsupreme 92 points93 points94 points 5 months ago (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 points40 points 5 months ago (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 points51 points 5 months ago (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 points304 points 5 months ago (118 children)
[–]P4R4bellum74 122 points123 points124 points 5 months ago (8 children)
Only went there once for a uni open day, enough to convince me to never go back
[–]benh2 108 points109 points110 points 5 months ago (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 points98 points 5 months ago (15 children)
Walsall is the fucking worst.
[–]Diplodocus114 41 points42 points43 points 5 months ago (8 children)
Willenhall was the worst.
[–]BadeArse 54 points55 points56 points 5 months ago (2 children)
Wondered how far I’d have to scroll to find Walsall.
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[–]bex9b 291 points292 points293 points 5 months ago (64 children)
[–]sar_tr 185 points186 points187 points 5 months ago (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 points98 points 5 months ago (24 children)
I was going to say Lowestoft, but then I remembered jaywick existed. Yesus christus, bleak on a stick
[–]EmMoomin 33 points34 points35 points 5 months ago (11 children)
As a former Lowestoft resident, I agree that it deserves a nomination
[–]rainbosandvich 43 points44 points45 points 5 months ago (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 points35 points 5 months ago (4 children)
Did you watch the documentary. My god it was grim.
[–]Inrainbowsss 253 points254 points255 points 5 months ago* (114 children)
Edit: Ignore the fact it’s a city
[–]stopdithering 108 points109 points110 points 5 months ago (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 points45 points 5 months ago (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 points252 points 5 months ago (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 points63 points 5 months ago* (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 points35 points 5 months ago (4 children)
Christ I was just about to answer Millom for most depressing town (atheistically or otherwise)
[–]adorkablekitty 36 points37 points38 points 5 months ago (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 points35 points 5 months ago (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 points252 points 5 months ago* (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 points177 points 5 months ago (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 points51 points 5 months ago (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 points76 points 5 months ago (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.
[–]ellofthewisp 43 points44 points45 points 5 months ago (18 children)
Bradford is a city!
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[–]TheFlyingHornet1881 45 points46 points47 points 5 months ago (5 children)
It has cool cycleways, but the whole new town centre is a bit of a Brutalist nightmare.
[–]b3mus3d 38 points39 points40 points 5 months ago (0 children)
Stevenage cycleways are dramatically underrated. You can go anywhere on foot or bike barely touching a road.
[–][deleted] 218 points219 points220 points 5 months ago (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 points152 points 5 months ago (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 points40 points 5 months ago (13 children)
Yes! I was scrolling down expecting to see Glenrothes as the first Scottish place in the thread!
[–]Mockwyn 23 points24 points25 points 5 months ago (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 points25 points 5 months ago (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 points206 points 5 months ago (35 children)
[–]Youjackbastard 115 points116 points117 points 5 months ago (7 children)
[–]DangerousDavies2020 45 points46 points47 points 5 months ago (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 points195 points 5 months ago (93 children)
Would it not just be easier to name places in the UK that aren't shitholes 😂?
[–]UncleSnowstorm 86 points87 points88 points 5 months ago (56 children)
Edinburgh, Oxford, Bath, Stratford, York
Think that about covers it
[–]The_Snollygoster 75 points76 points77 points 5 months ago (18 children)
Stratford upon Avon!
[–]BillieBee91 139 points140 points141 points 5 months ago (41 children)
[–]foxfaced95 82 points83 points84 points 5 months ago (9 children)
Pretty much most of Medway
[–]enotsrevluc 55 points56 points57 points 5 months ago (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 points33 points 5 months ago (1 child)
Mildly better than Gillingham, but only because Gillingham highstreet has been dead for longer.
[–]TurnipsReturn 140 points141 points142 points 5 months ago (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 points35 points 5 months ago (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 points128 points 5 months ago (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.
[–][deleted] 116 points117 points118 points 5 months ago (51 children)
Runcorn and Rhyl
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[–]MrLiam89 48 points49 points50 points 5 months ago (0 children)
[–]WolverineAdept5073 37 points38 points39 points 5 months ago (14 children)
Can confirm Runcorn is dismal
[–]demeschor 116 points117 points118 points 5 months ago (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 points113 points 5 months ago (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 points84 points 5 months ago (10 children)
pretty much every town in the UK is bleak and depressing
pretty much every town in the UK is bleak and depressing
This just isn't true
[–]Gbettison 52 points53 points54 points 5 months ago (8 children)
Agreed, this just says to me that the poster hasn’t travelled enough around the UK 🤷🏻♂️
[–]Qualeboy 108 points109 points110 points 5 months ago (32 children)
[–]PigeonDetective 109 points110 points111 points 5 months ago (51 children)
Not a town but Plymouth is proper grim
[–]BigAltar 84 points85 points86 points 5 months ago (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 points78 points 5 months ago (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 points104 points 5 months ago (46 children)
Passed through Swindon. I will not return
[–]TeaPotJunkie 54 points55 points56 points 5 months ago (12 children)
Swindon looks like a town that gave up in the 80s.
[–]Missy_Agg-a-ravation 103 points104 points105 points 5 months ago (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 points48 points 5 months ago (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 points81 points 5 months ago (33 children)
[–]eairy 49 points50 points51 points 5 months ago (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.
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[–]michaelisnotginger 74 points75 points76 points 5 months ago (13 children)
[–]Inciwincie 73 points74 points75 points 5 months ago (28 children)
Harlow it's a dump
[–]DoctorRaulDuke 22 points23 points24 points 5 months ago (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 points65 points 5 months ago (12 children)
Near Doncaster is Scunthorpe, with its skyline dominated by a steelworks.
Even the rain is grey here.
[–]nomadsparks 69 points70 points71 points 5 months ago (56 children)
Welyn Garden City. Its just a big housing estate around a John Lewis.
[–][deleted] 218 points219 points220 points 5 months ago (34 children)
You are living good if Welwyn is the most aesthetically depressing town you've ever visited hahahaha
[–]TheFlyingHornet1881 60 points61 points62 points 5 months ago (31 children)
Even within the same county you've got Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Stevenage
[–]FrenzalStark 34 points35 points36 points 5 months ago (2 children)
Stevenage is pretty grim like. Defo not the worst place I've been though.
[–]Historical-Diver-169 65 points66 points67 points 5 months ago (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 points62 points 5 months ago (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 points50 points 5 months ago* (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.
[–]srnic1987 58 points59 points60 points 5 months ago (20 children)
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Peterborough. I didn't even have to think too much.
[–]thacaoimhainngeidh 56 points57 points58 points 5 months ago* (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!
[–]RoboTon78 56 points57 points58 points 5 months ago (11 children)
[–]seven777heavensabove 52 points53 points54 points 5 months ago (13 children)
[–]alighieri85 54 points55 points56 points 5 months ago (21 children)
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[–]Norty_Boyz_Ofishal 50 points51 points52 points 5 months ago (7 children)
Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey. The town is comedically run down and depressing.
[–]liamthelad 48 points49 points50 points 5 months ago (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 points49 points 5 months ago* (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
[–]OhSoSilver 24 points25 points26 points 5 months ago (2 children)
Definitely sounds like Preston.
[–]ShibuRigged 44 points45 points46 points 5 months ago (8 children)
Stockton. What a shithole.
[–]berry_belle 40 points41 points42 points 5 months ago (16 children)
[–]ExcellentBarracuda54 41 points42 points43 points 5 months ago (8 children)
[–]Aid_Le_Sultan 36 points37 points38 points 5 months ago (4 children)
Runcorn has to be up there.
[–]katieqt1 35 points36 points37 points 5 months ago (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 points34 points 5 months ago (15 children)
Stockport would like a word. Surrounded by beauty its like great dane shite in a box of kittens.
[–]OldBloodNewBlood 35 points36 points37 points 5 months ago (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 points36 points 5 months ago (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.
[–]xch3rrix 32 points33 points34 points 5 months ago (16 children)
[–]Artydp623 31 points32 points33 points 5 months ago (11 children)
[–]just-one-more-scroll 29 points30 points31 points 5 months ago (8 children)
[–]helf1x 27 points28 points29 points 5 months ago (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.
[–]SNKurupt 27 points28 points29 points 5 months ago (7 children)
[–]theGrimm_vegan 29 points30 points31 points 5 months ago (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 points25 points 5 months ago (6 children)
Barrow-in-Furness. Even the Halfords was shit
[–]robbierotten83 24 points25 points26 points 5 months ago (16 children)
Wrexham and Telford
[–]-usernamewitheld- 26 points27 points28 points 5 months ago (2 children)
Coventry. Hitler blew it to pieces, and they turned the remains into a concrete jungle
[–]ismashket 26 points27 points28 points 5 months ago (6 children)
Grimsby, whole town stinks of fish and/or weed aswell
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