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Basildon seemed pretty rubs when I went there.
Friend assures me Corby's worse.
Where's the worst town in the UK?
by far the worst town I've ever visited.
Its pretty true. No Preston though.
not through choice mind.
And there are a few nice pubs and shops there compared with Brynmawr and other valley towns where there's nothing.
I once was on a Megabus in Newport...These two weird old aristocratic-ish gay chaps boarded...They both spoke like Keith Floyd, kept talking about their house in Belgravia, were stinking drunk and one was wearing two ties. Weird times.
unfortunately i lived there for 7 years :-S
Although I've been assured by everyone who's had the pleasure of visiting both that Mansfield is much, much worse.
I can confirm it is a shithole.
Someone confiscate my phone please.
But I've also been going to Basildon since I was little.
Basildon is alot worse.
Whoever slagged Brighton off needs a weekend break to both the above.
the civic centre/railway station looks like it was lifted straight from a 1970's low-budget film set in a dystopian future where all architects have been blinded.
However, Gunwharf Quays/Spinnaker Tower is a very decent example of a modern lesiure/retail development. The RN dockyards are pretty interesting and Southsea which is a town in its own right is great...lovely architecture, bucketloads of history and some excellent venues, bars, restaurants etc. Albert Road/Elm Grove in particular has the best set of independent shops I've seen anywhere other than Brighton.
Most people who slag the place off have only been to the ferryport, which admittedly is pretty grim, but then ferryports always are.
Besides, it's a city so whatevs.
Grangemouth is also a dirty shithole, but mostly due to the large number of petro-chemical plants and other heavy industry there, when passing this place on the train as dusk is falling, it looks like a bit of hell has punctured the earth (or Mordor if you like, I'm sticking with hell, personally, having actually been in the place).
is shite. terrible. seriously.
Otherwise, Whitley Bay is also bad. An economy run on strip clubs.
Saw a man wrestle with a bag of oranges at the station. Oranges kept falling out of the bottom of the bag and he kept chasing after them to put them back in. Took him a good 4 or 5 minutes to realise that there might be a hole in the bag. I suspect he was a resident of the village of the damned. Also overheard a teenage girl threaten murder against someone. All of the girls look like they've been dabbed in iodine and have muffin tops.
It's full of awkward roundabouts....and the faceless expanse of non-descript buildings makes the entire area look like a giant car park.
A similarly souless manmade grid of roundabouts and brown or grey anonymous buildings.
Burnley seemed a bit of a hole from what I remember
I went through both Runcorn and Coventry yesterday.
and then some
with that big hill looming over it
Oh my god. It looked like Fallout 3 but with less good looking people
then paint stripper thrown over it then boarded up and every citizen hit in the face with a spade. Terrifying place
and my grandparents and aunt and uncle and cousins still live there :(
is a metropolitan utiopa compared to some of the surrounding towns. Pontefract, castleford, featherstone etc.
I'm amazed at how many of my school friends moved back there after having been away to uni.
Having said that, there are worse places. I just can't think of one right now.
it's not that bad, though west yorkshire as a whole is nothing to shout about
and it truly baffles me how everyone looks like they should be in Jeremy Kyle's green room. despise the place
A lot of Welsh towns could be the worst town in the UK.
as are most valleys towns as long as you have a car and the people are great.
friend has to go to Boston sometimes for work. says the experience scars him every time
but it has black swans and gays creamery. Apart from that it's a disgrace.
gays creamery has the most ridiculously amazing pasties. god damn.
Even grimmer than its reputation suggests.
I don't think it's THAT bad. I'm from Maidstone and I'd say it's much worse.
but there are MANY towns worse than Maidstone. Maidstone has its flaws but at least it's thriving, it's not some grim shut up tumbleweedy place.
I think our opinions on what constitutes ''thriving'' may differ somewhat. Every time I go back there it just seems to get worse.
Probably not the worst town in the UK though, granted.
I knew I was exaggerating when I typed thriving. It's a shame A&N is still empty, that end of Week Street will look as bad as Stone Street soon if something else doesn't come along. I'll always defend the place though!
Haven't been properly back there for a few years - I thought it was about the worst place in the world when I was living there after university doing phone sales, but I've since discovered far, far shiteier parts of Britain.
There's at least 4 people on here from there. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, it's quite a big town after all.
I probably think quite highly of it because I moved from there to Andover, which is definitely worse.
you've lived in Tidworth too, right?
British Army connection I'm guessing...
that the best thing about that town was that it had a Greggs.
dosen't have the excuse of being up North.
Basically a mass of disenfranchised immigrants and inbred sussex locals penned in by a thousand roundabouts. So soulless that it makes Milton Keynes look quaint.
Wigan/Leeds/Northwich/Nantwich/Knutsford/Hull/Sale/Salford/Southport/Leigh/Kirkby/Kearsley/Keighley/Maghull/Harrogate/Huddersfield/Oldham/Lancs/Grimsby/Glossop/Hebden Bridge/Brighouse/Bootle/Featherstone/Speke/Runcorn/Rotherham/Rochdale/Barrow/Morecambe/Macclesfield/Lytham St./Annes/Clitheroe/Cleethorpes/the M62/Pendlebury/Prestwich/Preston/York/Skipton/Scunthorpe/Scarborough-on-Sea/Chester/Chorley/Cheadle Hulme/Ormskirk/Accrington/Stanley/Ossett/Otley/Ilkley Moor/Sheffield/Manchester/Castleford/Skem/Doncaster/Dewsbury/Halifax/Bingley/Bramhall.
york? harrogate? hebden bridge!?
but an old friend insists it's the worst place in the world.
I live there. I'll take comfort knowing wherever I go next will be better.
I once saw, scratched into the back of a bus seat, the words "suk crak pipe in skem".
I've been to Skem a couple of times a few years back, though.
got 3 punctures on the way and abandoned ship at Up Holland. I think the Gods were trying to tell me something
one place I don't plan on visiting ever again if I can possibly avoid it. Nightmarish.
Serial Killer land around there
easily one of the one worst places I've ever been to, it's just dead to the outside world.
One of them.
(Or probably bothof them)
and I would also like to nominate bracknell
A cluster of high rises and kids COMPLETELY IGNORING THE ''DON'T PLAY ON GRASS'' SIGNS.
P.s. When I say ''grass''...I mean crisp packets.
I also didn't like Croydon when i visted there
Telford's pretty shit too (although Ironbridge is well nice, but that's just outside it)
Possibly Alness too - look at John Barrie on this page and see how living there's affected him http://www.alnessbc.org.uk/Leaders.htm
So while it was undoubtedly a horrid place it wasn't as much as a shock as Portsmouth.
stick than southampton which is far worse...little steven get bullied in portsmouth or something?
Even Burnley is better.
When they are nice they more than make up for the shit ones.
Towns that are quaint
Towns that are shit
Poor town with chavvy pubs and a brand new strip club. Nice.
ESPECIALLY the places that people on here who aren't from or don't live in London like.
(this is an unprovoked attack btw, sorry)
was the worst of the lot.
but Camborne is far worse. You see some amazing fashions in Redruth.
I did consider nominating Newquay in this thread. That it manages to be quite such an horrific shithole despite it's location and beaches is quite an achievement.
But it even sounds vile. Like Gravesend.
The name doesn't help.
I feel bad singling it out though- it even looked as if it knew it's shit.
That's where I'm from, but I don't live there now!
and it's definitely the worst
Horrendously ugly and depressing; seemingly devoid of any spirit or hope.
Spread the word.
...No you're right, it's a dump.
i can't imagine anything real actually happens there.
I had to go there to get a passport renewed (IPS office is there). The process takes four hours, so we asked the lady behind the desk what there was to do in Newport while we waited and she said "Go to Cardiff."
Every single person who lives there has the air of someone who has given up on life.
and loads of wankers who drunkenly fill the streets at the weekend
An angry red boil upon the arse of the west midlands
at least I think it's there
I've never actually been....but it sounds like someone has shat it onto the map.
I can only imagine how much worse the Middlesbrough of the north must be.
went there for a friends birthday, was just full of students who like shit music and drinking. nothing else. i'm happy to be corrected if someone knows that my impression was wrong but it'll be surprised...
But I think it escapes this thread by being a city rather than a town.
So not quite so awful. But still in the bottom 5%.
More specifically: Stockton. Horrible place.
Got really sick of all the 20-year old trust-fund kids dressing like people from the 40s, and spending their parents money on ketamine.
There are all sorts of people in Brighton.
But that is a fabulous description of one type of person in Brighton.
I went back last week, what the fuck is up with that wheel? I didn't think there was anything worth looking at on the Brighton skyline. Amex building? St Barts?
I surrounded myself with them when I was 18 - 20, they mainly come from Lewes though.. haha
I didn't think the was life outside of it in Brighton but I've since seen the light by going to parties and gatherings and even clubs without people gurning in my ear. It was bloody fun at the time though... but yeah Brightons not the worst town because the is actually stuff to do, when I was in Tolworth it was go bowling or get fucked.
they are the worst places on earth.
S-H-I-T-H-O-L-E - Shithole.
Though i'm sure there are worse. Its saving grace is that it is in the south and in Bucks. And it has a nice old town which is about 10m squared. BUT THATS ALL
a permanent disgrace on my passport.
I'm going to offer up Hemel Hempstead as being worse though... cringe
I second this statement
was a genuine treat. It's about 1000 times better now then when I lived there but it's still shit. Here's just one aspect of it's shitness - when I was growing up there was not a single club in town, everything shut dead at 11pm. The alternatives were either spending a fortune on a taxi to Luton, Northampton, Dunstable or some other exotic far away delight or get a train to London to go out, miss the last train back at 11pm then face six hours wait stood outside Marylebone station to get a train back in the morning. If you wanted to see a gig options were woeful - legendary music venue Friar's had shut in 1984 before my time, and nothing really replaced it so I used to have to hitch everywhere to see bands or get the train to London and face the same problems getting back. An absolute toilet of a place
just a real vibe of failure and depression. boarded up shops and businesses, po faced locals etc
Cheers for making me go there AFC Bournemouth.
I had to study there and it was bloody horrible, it was just this huge building, lots of roads and a bowling alley.
Seems to be a glorified junction of the A3. I went there once, it was pretty desolate.
If it's a town, there. Never been so depressed at simply being in a place in my life.
that I got back in the car and drove back to Bristol, cancelling the proposed weekend there on sight. Hell.
Where ugly people go to fight and talk about cars. Still in 1993.
biased but Corby is nowhere near as bad as it used to be...
But go down the road to Sutton and see if you can say Croydon again.
are just soul-less, bland cultural wastelands
but they really really aren't as bad as completely inbred failed towns up north/in the welsh valleys
Croydon at least used to have decent gigs on...but then i moved.
but no-ones voted for it. Damn right too, it's ace
Full of c*nts and gave the world Maggie Thatcher.
They make Maidstone look lovely. Maidstone is naff, but not properly grim.
Other than these, Bracknell.
now that I'm in Leamington I rarely go there, but I was there to see Jeffrey Lewis at Taylor John's House on Sunday and that's a pretty cool venue.
none of you people have ever been to Airdrie.
First thing I did when opening this thread was "Ctrl+F Airdrie"
It was (were) nice when my dad was (were) a kid apparently but is now utterly hellish
I imagine anyone who decides to go to Luton University to do a degree are given a bit of rope with their enrollment pack.
Bad place, as thewarn mentioned above.
Close enough to Liverpool to have all of the shite that goes with it, but distinct enough to reap no benefits (Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, whereas Liverpool is Merseyside)
Acres of bin-baggy council estates; empty tower blocks with the bottom three floors burnt out and boarded up; horrid apocalyptic, industrial wasteland between the docks and the canal, untouched since the 80's; miles of run down terraced housing around the town centre; a town centre consisting entirely of a shopping centre famous for the kidnap of James Bulger and block after block of grim office buildings, one of which was demolished a few years back for being `the sickest building in Britain`; Feral children roaming the streets. Feral ADULTS roaming the streets.
They filmed an episode of the Secret Millionnaire near to my mums house, with a large chunk of the story taking place on my aunties road. My mum was horrified and kept going on about how they portrayed the area in a bad light. I told her that they just pressed RECORD on the camera. She genuinely belives Bootle to be lovely.
It really isn't.
P.S thewarn, what's your mates name? Small chance, but if we're similar ages and both from Bootle, I might know him. I've probably played on the train tracks or broken into a dilapidated factory with him as a youngster.
We had a tree at the bottom of our road, and only one factory could be seen when looking out of the upstairs window.
I used to work about 200 metres further along the dock road from there. Incredible place. This graffiti has been there since the 1995 FA cup final.
Horrible, horrible place!
also I don't care if its a city: Hull.
It's really starting to turn around, by the harbour/old town it's really quite nice now! I was quite surprised. All spruced up for the new gallery. The rest of town - the high street, arcades, Cliftonville, is still the pits.
Admittedly I haven't been to most places named in this thread. But wow, what a shit hole.
If you haven't been there you probably think its quaint and beautiful. It is however full of cheap looking offices, national and multinational shops and substandard housing for Eastern Europeans.
So maybe there. Stuck between a hole and another hole.
Rayleigh is the gooch.
I’m from a town between Basildon and Grays.
That's a wounder
there's not much there but its not exactly horrible, has a lot of nice woods and parks etc.
It's no basildon
Was just jesting, I actually love Rayleigh. The pink toothbrush was great circa 1998-2002.
Or as my mother calls it, 'trashford'.
Yea it's shit. It was nominated as one of the 50 worst towns in Britain but didn't make the cut. In a way I think this is worse than if it had appeared. We're even shit at being shit.
Look upon this cold place
though whoever said Aldershot is pretty much spot-on.
Places like Linwood^, Motherwell, Dumbarton, and my delightful home-town of Clydebank (mugged twice, rats at the bus stops and train station, kids throwing rocks/fireworks at you/your vehichle)
which you could find anywhere. Toryglen or Cranhill in the 90s (where I was chased with a golf club when I was eight) are/were far worse.
Saw a documentary based there, think it was about that 'put a donk on it' rap group. It looked pretty fucking bleak.
Yep, total shithole.
bunch of kids just knocking round Bas Vegas
May just have been the weather
So glad I grew up in quaint Norfolk villages and towns, and Norwich was the nearest city
burnley - darwin's waiting room
Looks like a scene from The Walking Dead.
If only because they keep rioting over the railway crossing which gets in the way of the trains which actually annoys me.
but Hythe has that kind of decrepit-seaside-depression to it.
Dungeness is the most depressing place on the planet.
Dymchurch's decrepit amusement park makes me want to cry.
STRAIGHT TO HELL
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a truly horrendous prospect as well.
Blackpool or Scarborough or something. who's in?
it's like going to watch clowns at the circus. after you've left you feel better about yourself
It was like a ghost town. Hardly a soul around, even in Sheringham and Cromer. The only place people seemed to be was in Morrison's.
All the shops along the sea front were boarded up for the winter, presumably to stop them from falling foul of the battering North Sea storms.
The sea battering the deteriorating coastal defences and icy winds added to the air of depression.
Was quite interesting to see a whole different seasonal variation, in how I percieved the place. From the glorious, OAP-ridden seaside town with a nice walk along the beach between the two towns, with the sun beating down that it was on the 6th of July. To the deteriorating, abandoned, dinosaur of a place it seemed on an overcast, windy 6th of December as the North Sea lashed against its sea wall.