Nuclear war: Where to buy a home in the UK outside of the impact zone | Property | Life & Style

With tensions between the US and North Korea building, has come up with some options for home buyers that could keep them clear of any nuclear impact. 

Although Britain is out of range from any threat from North Korea, eMoov has used Nukemap to plot the resulting impact zones for an all-out nuclear attack on 20 major UK cities. 

eMoov then looked for radiation free options to get on the property ladder across the UK and at different price bands for those that might be worried about a nuclear threat.

The North West 

The most affordable option for those worried about the impending end of the world is Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, with an average house price of just £112,279 and a good chance of being out of the radiation zone. Staying in Cumbria and slightly further north, Carlisle is also an affordable option at (£131,970).

To the South in Lancashire, Lancaster also provides a fairly safe bet at (£146,133).


Much of the Scottish Highlands would remain unaffected and Inverness is one major city that would make a good choice for homebuyers at just £154,150. However, the second most affordable, and closer to the border, is Dumfries (£115,929).


As with Scotland, there is a fairly large area of Wales left radiation free and the Isle of Anglesey (£161,262) and Aberystwyth (£175,809) are both out of the danger zone and home to below average house prices in the UK.

The East Midlands

Nestled between four impact zones, Brixworth in Northamptonshire with an average house price of £268,932. Not only is it one of the more expensive options but with nowhere to go but into radiation your survival rate isn’t very high. 

Instead, those in the East Midlands should opt for Skegness, although also surrounded, the coast line provides a life line and average house price is far more affordable at £163,991.

Yorkshire and the Humber & the North East

Similarly, Whitby in North Yorkshire and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North East also provide an affordable option with a coastal life line at £165,879 and £150,460 respectively. 

The South West

Although prices start to climb across the south of the UK, Bideford in Devon offers a safe haven below the UK average (£207,100). Moving to Cornwall with an average house price of £214,215, home buyers could look to Falmouth, St Ives and Newquay for their post-apocalyptic property purchase.

The East and South East

Although much of the East and South East of the country would be radiation no go zones, parts of Kent,…

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