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
First submittedApril 11, 2013
Times taken128,427
Average score47.4%
Rating4.83
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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
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Level 74
Apr 14, 2013
Good quiz - harder than I thought it would be.
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Level 25
Apr 30, 2022
Finally got em all
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Level 61
Apr 16, 2013
Chelmsford is spelt wrong; I wondered why it wasn't coming up
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Level 26
Apr 16, 2013
fixed thanks
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Level 23
Mar 20, 2021
Dear MCRJON, 2 questions.

1. WHY IS PRESTON THE YOUTUBER THAN 10 MILLLION SUBSCRIBERS ON THIS LIST! I dare you type in preston and it will work. No but seriously don't do youtuber to think your cool

2. Oh and thats not all. City of Chester has 118,000 people (rounding) and it is on this quiz. and Ipswich has more than 137,000 people and its not on this quiz. And you call it a town? Says who! super bad thing to mix or do

Pls fix or flamingo

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Level 34
Mar 23, 2021
Komodo, Preston is a city in England and he didn't do it to be cool, it's a city.
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Level 53
Apr 12, 2021
I'm pretty sure he was joking, but I have no clue. Can't tell sarcasm online.
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Level 36
Jun 3, 2021
lol yeah hes joking he said please add flamingo.
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Level 32
Jul 4, 2021
He may be joking but he didn’t say to add flamingo.
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2021
The answer to the question “Says who?” HM The Queen. Towns are elevated to city status by the monarch. It’s nothing to do with size, many smaller ones were cities because of the presence of cathedrals, latterly it’s granted because of size or importance. It’s a prestige thing, not a size thing.
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Level 76
Jun 23, 2013
I'm surprised that Blackpool, Dover, Reading and Ipswich aren't on the list. Maybe they are famous yet small or "swallowed" by bigger cities.
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Level 29
Jun 23, 2013
A city in the United Kingdom has nothing to do with size - St David's has a population of 3,000. It's more to do with cultural significance; it used to be defined by being a settlement with a cathedral, but the definition has widened since then.
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Level 56
Jun 25, 2013
I tried Blackpool and Ipswitch as well. Ely, really?
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Level 33
Mar 11, 2014
"Ipswich"

The ones created since 2000 are linked to the Queen's Jubliee- at least that's how Brighton&Hove was created.

Tricky quiz; couldn't believe I missed some of the more obvious ones while getting the lesser known ones.

The boroughs of London as cities are tricksy.

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Level 62
Feb 13, 2021
I also missed a few obvious ones, I missed Manchester because I thought I typed it in but didn't.
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Level 75
Jun 25, 2016
not to mention towns like Guildford, which have a (recent) cathedral but aren't cities
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Level 21
Jun 23, 2013
You've missed Medway (or Rochester if Medway doesn't fit the criteria). There is a cathedral here so it is counted as a city
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Level 46
May 30, 2020
Rochester hasn't been a city for decades. It's a town now
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Level 52
Aug 10, 2020
Rochester is officially not a city any more. If you believe that a city is defined by whether (effectively) the civil service say it is or not, then it's not. But the Medway towns have never been a city.
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Level 55
Jun 30, 2013
Ripon represeeeeeent
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Level 21
Jul 31, 2013
Who the heck let salford become a city!
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Level 57
Jun 19, 2022
I know. This periodic adding of cities just devalues the whole idea of a city.
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Level 75
Nov 1, 2014
Northampton? Reading? Ipswich? All are over 100,000 population.
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Level 46
May 30, 2020
Population has nothing to do with city status...
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Level 41
Jun 20, 2016
It seriously worries me that London did not score 100% !!!
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Level 71
Apr 2, 2020
Maybe some people overthunk it and were trying all the boroughs...!
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Level 66
Jun 20, 2016
A brilliant quiz!! Great to see a UK-centric quiz featuring too! Thanks for creating it - look at my page I have a UK towns and cities quiz
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Level 54
Jun 20, 2016
Dover is absolutely not a city and never should be. Small town which just happens to be famous for a couple of things. It would make a mockery of City status if it ever got it and I live there!
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Level 58
Jun 20, 2016
Damn Southampton and its missing 'h'. I always think it's two words.
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Level 59
Jun 21, 2016
much harder than I thought it would be. By the way you misspelled Derry. :)
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Level 33
Jul 11, 2017
True that ;)
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Level 76
Jul 27, 2020
It's Londonderry
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Level 23
Sep 22, 2020
Derry
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Level 60
Jun 21, 2016
50 out of 79. Not bad for a Virginia (US) farmer. After the major cities, I just started typing towns and counties in Virginia and North Carolina. I guessed 20+ that way. Some were guesses from watching Downton Abbey (Ripon).

Thanks for not making us list "upon" or "on" since I never can remember those.

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Level 92
Jun 21, 2016
What about Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
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Level 58
Aug 2, 2017
Beth amdano? :-)
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Level 36
Mar 13, 2018
It's a town, I think.
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Level 76
Jul 27, 2020
Town, not city.
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Level 71
Jun 23, 2016
I missed Stirling! I've been there! Damn. :D
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2016
Only got a third of them. Can't believe some of the ones I missed.
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Level 84
Nov 24, 2016
I got the 40, including Chichester and Newry but forgot London of all places!!!
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Level 24
Nov 30, 2016
i feel bad for 2% who dint got london
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Level 36
Dec 4, 2016
34/69
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Level 65
Jan 29, 2017
I'm not even sure how to pronounce most of these :DD
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Level 43
Feb 25, 2017
Why isn't Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobllllantisiliogogogoch on it?
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Level 66
Oct 29, 2017
It's a village, not a city.
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Level 66
Oct 29, 2017
Also, amazingly if you google that word, because you spelt it slightly wrong, there is only one result.
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Level 32
Jul 4, 2021
There is actually two because that comment is too.
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2021
That's pretty interesting
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2017
This was absolutely impossible for me.
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Level 28
May 26, 2017
0:01 left!
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Level 29
Aug 2, 2017
Can't believe I missed Oxford and Cambridge and Sheffield Grrrrrr
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Level 39
Aug 12, 2017
Hereford's a city?! Surely Doncaster, Blackpool and Bournemouth should be one
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Level 22
Sep 14, 2017
Thank goodness for Blake and Mortimer books eh?
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Level 57
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.
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Level 55
Jun 13, 2019
Didnt see that twist coming
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Level 38
Mar 1, 2018
The hardest quiz I have ever taken on Jetpunk!!!!! Geez. Props to anyone who aced this
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Level 38
Apr 23, 2018
What about Colchester?
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Level 56
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 36
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.

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Level 66
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 32
Aug 14, 2018
Sad it doesn't count llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch :(
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Level 22
Dec 14, 2019
its not a city...
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2022
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

yes it is

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Level 80
Jun 9, 2022
Your link says it's a large village.
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Level 84
Oct 24, 2018
Hereford but no Thereford? :(
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
Overthereford is missing aswell
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Level 81
May 14, 2019
Hereford, Thereford and Everywhereford. Great Beatles track.
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Level 76
Nov 29, 2019
Whereford?
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Level 81
Apr 24, 2022
Thereford!
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Level 39
Dec 28, 2018
haha
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Level 76
Jul 27, 2020
It's pronounced /hɛrɪfəd/, not /hɪəfəd/.
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Level 28
Nov 23, 2018
Bradford?
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Level 57
Jul 12, 2019
Being from New England i just kept trying the towns we have here and a bunch of them worked!
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Level 48
Jul 31, 2019
How could Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobllllantysiliogogogoch not make it? Btw, I memorized how to spell that name ;)
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Level 22
Dec 14, 2019
if the creator put it on the quiz, even though it isnt a city, you could just say llanfairpg
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Level 64
Jun 11, 2020
Sorry to disappoint, but you missed a 'w' before the four 'l's
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Level 71
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.
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Level 47
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
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Level 57
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.
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Level 61
Nov 22, 2019
It's a bit easier if you know which football teams en with 'City'
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Level 76
Nov 29, 2019
Why did someone feel the need to add the acronym 'UK' in brackets after United Kingdom in the quiz title?
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Level 67
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?
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Level 73
Nov 6, 2020
As an American, I knew about Leeds but had never heard of Bradford before this quiz
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Level 42
Mar 3, 2021
A famous football team will do a lot.
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Level 89
Jun 9, 2022
Did anyone else try bingley after bradford, or just me?
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Level 52
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?
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Level 44
Aug 29, 2020
got some of them watching outlander.
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Level 70
Sep 24, 2020
Never even heard of St Asaph :-|
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Level 42
Mar 3, 2021
30/69 without being British.

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

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Level 69
Mar 3, 2021
Nice.
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Level 20
Mar 15, 2021
s
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Level 23
Mar 20, 2021
am i the only american here
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Level 54
Apr 28, 2021
no
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Level 56
May 12, 2021
isn't westminster a borough of london?
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Level 78
Jun 10, 2022
Yes, and also a city. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Westminster
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Level 56
Jun 25, 2021
39 second time...
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Level 61
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
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Level 32
Sep 15, 2021
Awwww i was hoping one of wale's cities on this test would be Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch
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Level 25
Oct 6, 2021
It's a tiny tiny village
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Level 78
Jun 10, 2022
To be fair, Llanfair is bigger than one of the cities on this list.
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Level 50
Dec 22, 2021
i get london and then i have nothing else. god i hate city stuff.
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Level 55
Dec 25, 2021
are you going to add southend now that, that exists
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Level 75
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 45
May 1, 2022
Your choice quizmaster
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Level 37
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.
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Level 45
May 1, 2022
Ah yes. My favorite city. Bath.
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Level 22
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)

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Level 61
May 20, 2022
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61505857
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Level 33
Jun 2, 2022
Cool
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Level 75
Jun 9, 2022
Surely Southend-on-Sea (England) should be included as well?
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Level 75
Jun 9, 2022
Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-60433668
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Level 68
Jun 9, 2022
Just to say Southend was made a city following the murder of their MP
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Level 80
Jun 9, 2022
Why not Batley then?
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Level 82
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.
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Level ∞
Jun 9, 2022
Added that one. What a strange reason for city status to be granted.
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Level 82
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.
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Level 76
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".
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Level 78
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.

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Level 76
Jun 10, 2022
If only there was some way of finding these things out.
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Level 80
Jun 10, 2022
JetPunk comments seem to be effective enough.
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Level 74
Jun 12, 2022
Wrexham? I barely even knows 'em!
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Level 69
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)
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Level 57
Jun 19, 2022
Agreed, especially as it says it includes the new cities from the jubilee
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Level 58
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!

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Level 58
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
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Level 39
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
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Level 21
Jul 6, 2022
I am very disappointed in myself. I live in the uk but i only got 29.