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Official Cities in the UK

There are currently 76 officially-designated cities in the United Kingdom. How many can you name?
Including the 8 new cities announced for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022
Quiz by MCRJON
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Last updated: June 9, 2022
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First submittedApril 11, 2013
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England
Bath
Birmingham
Bradford
Brighton & Hove
Bristol
Cambridge
Canterbury
Carlisle
Chelmsford
Chester
Chichester
Colchester
Coventry
Derby
Doncaster
Durham
Ely
Exeter
Gloucester
England
Hereford
Kingston upon Hull
Lancaster
Leeds
Leicester
Lichfield
Lincoln
Liverpool
City of London
Manchester
Milton Keynes
Newcastle upon Tyne
Norwich
Nottingham
Oxford
Peterborough
Plymouth
Portsmouth
England
Preston
Ripon
Salford
Salisbury
Sheffield
Southampton
Southend-on-Sea
St Albans
Stoke-on-Trent
Sunderland
Truro
Wakefield
Wells
Westminster
Winchester
Wolverhampton
Worcester
York
Scotland
Aberdeen
Dundee
Dunfermline
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Inverness
Perth
Stirling
 
Northern Ireland
Armagh
Bangor
Belfast
Lisburn
Londonderry
Newry
Wales
Bangor
Cardiff
Newport
St Asaph
St David's and the
Cathedral Close
Swansea
Wrexham
104 Recent Comments
+13
Level 43
Feb 25, 2017
Why isn't Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobllllantisiliogogogoch on it?
+9
Level 70
Oct 29, 2017
It's a village, not a city.
+12
Level 70
Oct 29, 2017
Also, amazingly if you google that word, because you spelt it slightly wrong, there is only one result.
+6
Level 32
Jul 4, 2021
There is actually two because that comment is too.
+2
Level 60
Nov 25, 2023
Now there's three! 1 2 3
+2
Level 65
Sep 9, 2021
That's pretty interesting
+3
Level 69
Apr 10, 2017
This was absolutely impossible for me.
+2
Level 25
May 26, 2017
0:01 left!
+2
Level 36
Aug 2, 2017
Can't believe I missed Oxford and Cambridge and Sheffield Grrrrrr
+3
Level 36
Aug 12, 2017
Hereford's a city?! Surely Doncaster, Blackpool and Bournemouth should be one
+3
Level 19
Sep 14, 2017
Thank goodness for Blake and Mortimer books eh?
+22
Level 59
Nov 22, 2017
Let's see here... I know Leeds, Manchester, uh... er... London, OxfordShire, Ireland, Wales, Southeast Pimberton, Northern Nor North Havermeyer, Fartfashfarthenfur, Spunkepossume, North Piddle, the Shire, Saruman, Helm's Deep, and uhhh... ... ... Hoboken.
+2
Level 53
Jun 13, 2019
Didnt see that twist coming
+1
Level 83
Mar 14, 2024
Is 'Fartfashfarthenfur' pronounced 'Fanshaw'
+3
Level 34
Mar 1, 2018
The hardest quiz I have ever taken on Jetpunk!!!!! Geez. Props to anyone who aced this
+1
Level 40
Apr 23, 2018
What about Colchester?
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Level 57
May 12, 2018
Um ... Brechin. It IS a city because it has a cathedral, and also its Football team is Brechin City - however I have lost this argument before! the trouble is that Britain has never quite worked out how to define cities. So you get ancient cities (such as Brecon, with a Cathedral and a diocese) that somehow 'lose' their accreditation - awkward. But 'modern' chartered cities that do not seem to have to re-apply.

Anyway good fun.

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Level 34
Jun 1, 2018
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! I got dem all exept BRISTOL, DERBY, AND WESTMINSTER which it didnt accept because i added in an extra 'i'.

\But, my spelling is the correct spelling. please change it.

+8
Level 70
May 14, 2019
Not officially recognised. Not all places with cathedrals are cities, though some cities appear to be cities solely because of their cathedrals.
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Level 38
Aug 14, 2018
Sad it doesn't count llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch :(
+5
Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
its not a city...
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Level 64
Feb 18, 2022
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

yes it is

+8
Level 83
Jun 9, 2022
Your link says it's a large village.
+20
Level 86
Oct 24, 2018
Hereford but no Thereford? :(
+15
Level 70
Dec 11, 2018
Overthereford is missing aswell
+16
Level 85
May 14, 2019
Hereford, Thereford and Everywhereford. Great Beatles track.
+9
Level 79
Nov 29, 2019
Whereford?
+4
Level 86
Apr 24, 2022
Thereford!
+1
Level 50
Dec 22, 2023
Nowhereford
+2
Level 43
Dec 28, 2018
haha
+2
Level 79
Jul 27, 2020
It's pronounced /hɛrɪfəd/, not /hɪəfəd/.
+2
Level 29
Nov 23, 2018
Bradford?
+7
Level 58
Jul 12, 2019
Being from New England i just kept trying the towns we have here and a bunch of them worked!
+1
Level 47
Jul 31, 2019
How could Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobllllantysiliogogogoch not make it? Btw, I memorized how to spell that name ;)
+1
Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
if the creator put it on the quiz, even though it isnt a city, you could just say llanfairpg
+2
Level 65
Jun 11, 2020
Sorry to disappoint, but you missed a 'w' before the four 'l's
+4
Level 70
Mar 17, 2022
I learnt how to pronounce this from a Welsh lass, I must say it sounds pretty good to belt it off, but I haven't a hope of spelling it.
+1
Level 45
Oct 17, 2019
Gosh, i have quite the disconnect between what i recalled and what i actually remember seeing before on this quiz. Guess im tired tonight
+2
Level 51
Nov 12, 2019
Birmingham made me think of the Peaky Blinders, Becket for Canterbury, the Beatles for Liverpool, Robin Hood for Nottingham and Badfinger for Swansea, but the most pleasant thought was of Lady Godiva and her ride through the streets of Coventry.
+8
Level 64
Nov 22, 2019
It's a bit easier if you know which football teams en with 'City'
+3
Level 79
Nov 29, 2019
Why did someone feel the need to add the acronym 'UK' in brackets after United Kingdom in the quiz title?
+3
Level 70
Mar 4, 2020
Hahaha hadnt even seen it. A bit overkill but I guess it is to stay one step ahead over the overzealous nitpickers? Afterall there is also the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (the historical name,), and there were some nordic unions between kingdoms
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Level 44
May 19, 2020
Odd how 75% got Leeds but only 38% got nearby Bradford. I mean Leeds is more relevant on a national scale but Bradford isn't THAT much smaller, is it more well known over the pond or something?
+4
Level 82
Nov 6, 2020
As an American, I knew about Leeds but had never heard of Bradford before this quiz
+6
Level 45
Mar 3, 2021
A famous football team will do a lot.
+1
Level 93
Jun 9, 2022
Did anyone else try bingley after bradford, or just me?
+2
Level 56
Aug 10, 2020
Doing this on a mobile phone I would have barely had time to write them all if they were written down in front of me. May I humbly suggest a bit of extra time?
+1
Level 46
Aug 29, 2020
got some of them watching outlander.
+1
Level 71
Sep 24, 2020
Never even heard of St Asaph :-|
+2
Level 45
Mar 3, 2021
30/69 without being British.

Who are the 2% who didn't think of London?

+2
Level 69
Mar 3, 2021
Nice.
+1
Level 19
Mar 15, 2021
s
+2
Level 23
Mar 20, 2021
am i the only american here
+5
Level 54
Apr 28, 2021
no
+1
Level 58
May 12, 2021
isn't westminster a borough of london?
+2
Level 82
Jun 10, 2022
Yes, and also a city. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Westminster
+1
Level 60
Jun 25, 2021
39 second time...
+2
Level 64
Sep 7, 2021
Nice quiz, MCR. Could kick myself I didn't get Ripon, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the North of England and a wonderful acoustic
+1
Level 36
Sep 15, 2021
Awwww i was hoping one of wale's cities on this test would be Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch
+1
Level 24
Oct 6, 2021
It's a tiny tiny village
+2
Level 82
Jun 10, 2022
To be fair, Llanfair is bigger than one of the cities on this list.
+4
Level 49
Dec 22, 2021
i get london and then i have nothing else. god i hate city stuff.
+2
Level 57
Dec 25, 2021
are you going to add southend now that, that exists
+6
Level 77
Mar 1, 2022
Southend-on-Sea officially became a city today, however you may want to update the quiz in a few months (June time, maybe) when the other new cities get given city status, to prevent updating this quiz twice in the space of a few months.
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Level 56
May 1, 2022
Your choice quizmaster
+1
Level 39
Apr 16, 2022
Does anyone know how to make a map quiz with dots on it as I am trying to make a quiz on every city in the world. So far it has turned into a lucky guess quiz which I had to delete.
+3
Level 56
May 1, 2022
Ah yes. My favorite city. Bath.
+3
Level 36
May 20, 2022
There have been 8 more towns turned cities, these are:

Stanley (Falkland Islands)

Bangor (Northern Ireland)

Colchester (England)

Doncaster (England)

Milton Keynes (England)

Dunfermline (Scotland)

Wrexham (Wales)

Douglas (Isle of Man)

+1
Level 64
May 20, 2022
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61505857
+1
Level 31
Jun 2, 2022
Cool
+4
Level 74
Jun 9, 2022
Surely Southend-on-Sea (England) should be included as well?
+1
Level 74
Jun 9, 2022
Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-60433668
+2
Level 71
Jun 9, 2022
Just to say Southend was made a city following the murder of their MP
+2
Level 83
Jun 9, 2022
Why not Batley then?
+6
Level 87
Jun 9, 2022
Because Southend becoming a City was something that David Amess campaigned for a lot. Jo Cox didn't campaign for Batley to become a city.
+2
Level ∞
Jun 9, 2022
Added that one. What a strange reason for city status to be granted.
+4
Level 87
Jun 9, 2022
TBF, it was one of the largest urban areas without city status and was likely to be picked in the Platinum Jubilee competition anyway.
+7
Level 79
Jun 10, 2022
Also tbf it was something he'd campaigned for for many years. He wasn't to my political taste but this seems an entirely fitting tribute to someone who died because of his commitment to democratic openness and accessibility. I don't think it's in the least bit "strange".
+4
Level 82
Jun 10, 2022
Out of context, with just the minimum of information (which is what the QM was responding to) it certainly seems strange. With no additional information, "an MP was murdered, so their constituency town was granted city status" seems like a total non-sequitur.

It's only if you know the history and context (and why would you, if you're not from the UK and don't follow the political careers of its individual lawmakers) that it makes sense.

+2
Level 79
Jun 10, 2022
If only there was some way of finding these things out.
+3
Level 83
Jun 10, 2022
JetPunk comments seem to be effective enough.
+5
Level 73
Jun 12, 2022
Wrexham? I barely even knows 'em!
+2
Level 76
Jun 15, 2022
i like that you've added the new ones from the 2022 jubilee but how come two of them are missing - douglas on the isle of man and stanley on the falkland islands? they're cities in the uk so the fact that they're in dependencies rather than the main four nations shouldn't matter. or at least include a caveat saying it excludes dependencies (i think is what they would be categorised as)
+1
Level 69
Jun 19, 2022
Agreed, especially as it says it includes the new cities from the jubilee
+3
Level 72
Jul 2, 2022
Maybe include the cities in dependencies as bonus answers.?

Also would be fun to include a bonus with the town in Kent that lost its city status for admin reasons!

+3
Level 66
Jun 19, 2022
Could you accept Dunfermlin for Dunfermline (obviously) - with the time limit as it is, I didn't even think to add an E
+4
Level 44
Jul 2, 2022
do I live in the uk? no. do I have any interest in uk cities? no. am I desperately trying to get the british badge? heck yeah
+1
Level 23
Jul 6, 2022
I am very disappointed in myself. I live in the uk but i only got 29.
+1
Level 15
Aug 18, 2022
St Davids 1,841 Wales

2 St Asaph 3,355 Wales

3 City of London 7,375 England

4 Wells 10,536 England

5 Armagh 14,749 Northern Ireland

Smallest by city council area

1 City of London 1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2) England

2 Wells 2.11 sq mi (5.46 km2) England

3 St Asaph 2.49 sq mi (6.45 km2) Wales

4 Bangor 2.79 sq mi (7.23 km2) Wales

5 Ripon 3.83 sq mi (9.92 km2) England

Smallest by overall urban area

1 St Davids 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2) Wales

2 St Asaph 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2) Wales

3 Wells† 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2) England

4 Bangor† 1.65 sq mi (4.27 km2) Wales

5 Ely 1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2) England

(ignore size but here are a fraction of cities in the UK

+1
Level 20
Oct 15, 2022
I Got all in 05:30 Minutes
+3
Level 52
Oct 18, 2022
too anglophile
+2
Level 61
Oct 21, 2022
Congratulations to dunfermline, granted city status this year
+1
Level 22
Jan 8, 2023
Imagine living in Bath lol.
+1
Level 43
Jan 6, 2024
very nice place to be honest, weird name tho
+3
Level 61
Apr 12, 2023
I'm from Massachusetts and I was able to get a lot of them by guessing town names in Mass, Connecticut and New Hampshire. I guess it's called New England for a reason.
+1
Level 46
Apr 13, 2023
This quiz is very hard
+1
Level 32
May 18, 2023
there's some more now - u might want to update
+1
Level 43
Sep 2, 2023
derry*
+1
Level 61
Sep 3, 2023
52/76 and from UK. Got all the Welsh cities because I from Wales.
+1
Level 77
Sep 23, 2023
fingers crossed we'll finally see Reading on this list someday
+1
Level 49
Oct 24, 2023
TIL Reading isn't actually a city.
+1
Level 88
Oct 24, 2023
I think of Ely and CHichester but not forget Birmingham. Ha
+1
Level 31
Jan 22, 2024
can't believe i missed York, Brighton and Leicester
+1
Level 51
Jul 7, 2024
if you added the cities made cities with the queen's jubilee, Douglas and Stanley should be added, although they're not part of the mainland so if they wont be added you should make a caveat for it.