List of cities in the United Kingdom
This is a list of cities in the United Kingdom that are officially designated such as of 22 November 2022[update]. It lists those places that have been granted city status by letters patent or royal charter. There are currently a total of 76 such cities in the United Kingdom: 55 in England, eight in Scotland, seven in Wales, and six in Northern Ireland. Of these, 24 in England, two in Wales, and two in Northern Ireland have Lord Mayors; four in Scotland have Lord Provosts.[a] In some cases, the area holding city status does not coincide with the built up area or conurbation of which it forms part. In Greater London, for example, the City of London and that of Westminster each hold city status separately but no other local authority has been granted city status, nor has Greater London as a whole. In other cases, such as the Cities of Canterbury and Lancaster, the status applies to a local government district which extends over a number of towns and rural areas outside the main settlement proper. In England, the status sometimes applies to civil parishes, such as the City of Ripon; though the status may not apply to the local government district which share their name. For example, the civil parishes of Lichfield and Chichester each hold city status, but the Lichfield District and the Chichester District, in which they are situated, respectively, do not.
The list does not include places like Luton or Northampton which, despite having populations of over 200,000, have not been awarded city status and thus formally remain as towns.
As of 2022, there are currently 5 ceremonial counties which contain 3 cities - Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.
In the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, there are currently four cities. The number will increase as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, as Gibraltar, Hamilton in Bermuda, Jamestown in St Helena and Stanley in the Falkland Islands will be joined by Douglas in the Isle of Man.
The initial cities (Latin: civitas) of Britain were the fortified settlements organised by the Romans as the capitals of the Celtic tribes under Roman rule. The British clerics of the early Middle Ages later preserved a traditional list of the "28 Cities" (Old Welsh: cair) which was mentioned by Gildas and listed by Nennius.
The title of city was initially informal and, into the 20th century, royal charters were considered to recognise city status rather than to grant it. The usual criterion in early modern Britain was the presence of a cathedral, particularly after King Henry VIII granted letters patent establishing six new cities when he established a series of new dioceses in the 1540s as part of the English Reformation. No new cities were created between the 16th and 19th centuries, but following the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying population boom and growth in urbanisation, new sees were established at Ripon (1836) and Manchester (1847); their councils began to style them cities immediately. Inverness in Scotland was even refused a charter at the time of the Jubilee honours of 1897, in part because it would have drawn more attention to the other traditional "cities" still not formally chartered as such.
Beginning in the mid-19th century, however, the process became more formal. A visit by Queen Victoria in 1851 prompted Manchester to petition Parliament for recognition of its status. Ripon followed in the 1860s, and a series of hitherto informal "cities" were formally recognised in the 1880s and 1890s. On the basis of its size, importance, and regular government, Belfast was elevated in spite of its lack of a cathedral in 1888; other large municipalities followed, while smaller applicants began to be rejected. King Edward VII and the Home Office established three criteria for future applicants in 1907—a minimum population of 300,000, a good record of local government, and a "local metropolitan character" – but these criteria were not made public, and following Leicester's successful elevation in 1919 a series of exceptions were made. The 1972 Local Government Act effectively eliminated all authorities holding city status outside Greater London on 1 April 1974; most of their replacements were confirmed in their predecessor's status—even in cases such as the 1974–2023 City of Carlisle district, where much of the local authority area was undeveloped countryside—but the Borough of Medway was not permitted to continue Rochester's title. In recent times there have been competitions for new grants of city status. Towns or councils that claim city status or add "city" to their name have been known to be rebuked by the Advertising Standards Authority.
The cities of Scotland and Ireland were treated separately. Scottish towns irregularly applied the description to themselves, but were formally organised as royal burghs; the special rights of these were preserved by Article XXI of the Treaty of Union which established the single state of Great Britain in 1707. Edinburgh and Glasgow were confirmed as cities "by ancient usage" in the 18th century, as was Aberdeen, and this was later reconfirmed in the Act enlarging the burgh in 1891. Dundee was granted letters patent in 1889 and Elgin and Perth were recognised as cities by the Home Office in 1972, before the privilege was removed by the Scottish Local Government Act of 1973.
In Ireland, only the seat of the primate at Armagh was accorded city status by ancient usage, and this status was abolished by the Irish Municipal Corporations Act of 1840. All other cities have been those explicitly recognised as such.
List of cities
|City council status||Nation/region||Image||Population[b]|
(Scottish Gaelic: Obar Dheathain)
|Local government district
(Irish: Ard Mhacha)
|1994||None. Represented on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
||Northern Ireland||14,777 (2011)|
|Bangor (County Down)
|202248||None. Represented on Ards and North Down Borough Council||Northern Ireland||61,011|
|Bangor (Gwynedd)1||time immemorial||Community
||South West, England||88,859 (2011)|
97,311 (urban area, 2010)
(Irish: Béal Feirste)
|1888||Local government district
||Northern Ireland||333,871 (2011)|
|Birmingham2||188933||Local government district
|West Midlands, England||1,092,330 (2013)|
|Bradford1||1897||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber, England||522,452 (2011)|
|Brighton & Hove15||2001||Local government district
|South East, England||273,369 (2011)|
|Bristol1||1542||Local government district
(Unitary and county)
|South West, England||428,234 (2011)|
|Cambridge3||195125||Local government district
|East, England||123,867 (2011)|
|Canterbury3||time immemorial||Local government district
|South East, England||151,145 (2011)|
|190529||Local government district
|Carlisle1||1133||Charter trustees||North West, England||107,524 (2011)|
|Chelmsford37||2012||Local government district
|East, England||168,310 (2011)|
||North West, England||91,733 (urban area, 2010)|
||South East, England||26,795 (2011)|
|Colchester||202244||Local government district
|Coventry1||1102||Local government district
|West Midlands, England||316,915 (2011)|
|Derby13||1977||Local government district
|East Midlands, England||248,752 (2011)|
|1604||None. Represented on Derry City and Strabane District Council
||Northern Ireland||107,877 (2011)|
|Doncaster||202247||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber,
(Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Dèagh)
|Local government district
|Durham1||time immemorial||Charter trustees‡
||North East, England||94,375 (2011)|
(Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Èideann)
|Local government district
|Ely1||1109||Civil parish
||East, England||20,256 (2011)|
|Exeter1||time immemorial||Local government district
|South West, England||127,709 (2020)|
(Scottish Gaelic: Glaschu)
|Local government district
|Gloucester1||1541||Local government district
|South West, England||121,688 (2011)|
|Hereford119||time immemorial||Civil parish
||West Midlands, England||58,896 (2011)|
(Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Nis)
|Kingston upon Hull12||1897||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber, England||256,406 (2011)|
|Lancaster1||193726||Local government district
|North West, England||138,375 (2011)|
|Leeds1||1893||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber, England||751,485 (2011)|
|Leicester1||191922||Local government district
|East Midlands, England||329,839 (2011)|
|Lichfield17||time immemorial||Civil parish
||West Midlands, England||32,219 (2011)|
|Lincoln3||1072||Local government district
|East Midlands, England||93,541 (2011)|
(Irish: Lios na gCearrbhach)
|2002||None. Represented on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
||Northern Ireland||45,370 (2011)|
|Liverpool2||1880||Local government district
|North West, England||466,415 (2011)|
|City of London6||time immemorial||Local government district
(sui generis and ceremonial county)
|London, England||7,375 (2011)|
|Manchester1||185334||Local government district
|North West, England||503,127 (2011)|
|Milton Keynes||202241||Local government district
|South East, England||248,821 (2011)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne1||1882||Local government district
|North East, England||280,177 (2011)|
|2002||Local government district
(Irish: Iúr Cinn Trá)
|2002||None. Represented on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
||Northern Ireland||29,946 (2008, settlement population)|
|Norwich1||1094||Local government district
|East, England||132,512 (2011)|
|Nottingham1||1897||Local government district
|East Midlands, England||305,680 (2011)|
|Oxford1||1542||Local government district
|South East, England||151,906 (2011)|
(Scottish Gaelic: Peairt)
(Burgh: 12th century)
|Peterborough2||1541||Local government district
|East, England||183,631 (2011)|
|Plymouth1||192827||Local government district
|South West, England||256,384 (2011)|
|Portsmouth1||192624||Local government district
|South East, England||205,056 (2011)|
|Preston14||2002||Local government district
|North West, England||140,202 (2011)|
||Yorkshire and the Humber, England||16,702 (2011)|
|Salford1||192624||Local government district
|North West, England||233,933 (2011)|
||South West, England||40,302 (2011)|
|Sheffield3||1893||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber, England||552,698 (2011)|
|Southampton1||1964||Local government district
|South East, England||236,882 (2011)|
|Southend-on-Sea||202245||Local government district
|East, England||173,658 (2011)|
|St Albans7||187736||Local government district
|East, England||140,644 (2011)|
(Scottish Gaelic: Sruighlea)
|Stoke-on-Trent3||192528||Local government district
|West Midlands, England||249,008 (2011)|
|Sunderland18||1992||Local government district
|North East, England||275,506 (2011)|
|196923||Local government district
||South West, England||18,766 (2011)|
|Wakefield3||1888||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber, England||325,837 (2011)|
|Wells1||time immemorial||Civil parish
||South West, England||10,536 (2011)|
|Westminster21||1540||Local government district
|London, England||219,396 (2011)|
|Winchester1||time immemorial||Local government district
|South East, England||116,595 (2011)|
|Wolverhampton16||2001||Local government district
|West Midlands, England||249,470 (2011)|
|Worcester3||time immemorial||Local government district
|West Midlands, England||98,768 (2011)|
|202243||Local government district
|York1,8||time immemorial||Local government district
|Yorkshire and the Humber, England||198,051 (2011)|
Map of the cities
Below is a map of the 76 cities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Also shown is the one future city in a UK Crown Dependency, Douglas in the Isle of Man. (For cities in UK Overseas Territories, see below.)
32 cities have a Lord Provost (in Scotland) or a Lord Mayor (in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland), see List of lord mayoralties and lord provostships in the United Kingdom.
The six cities where the Lord Mayor or Lord Provost has the right to the style The Right Honourable are indicated in BOLD ITALICS: York, the City of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow (since 1912), Belfast (since 1923), and Cardiff (since 1956).
Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies
The UK Overseas Territories and UK Crown Dependencies do not form part of the United Kingdom. Association of city status with cathedrals ended in 1865. There are presently four cities in the Overseas Territories, and Douglas in the Isle of Man, a Crown Dependency, is due to receive city status in 2023.
|Gibraltar||184242||Cathedral of the Holy Trinity||Gibraltar, southwestern Europe||British Overseas Territory||32,194 (2012)|
North Atlantic Ocean
|British Overseas Territory||854 (2016)|
|Jamestown||1859||St Paul's||St Helena,
Ascension and Tristan da Cunha,
South Atlantic Ocean
|British Overseas Territory||629 (2016)|
|Stanley||202240||not applicable||Falkland Islands,
South Atlantic Ocean
|British Overseas Territory||2,460 (2016)|
(to be confirmed)
|not applicable||Isle of Man,
|Crown Dependency||27,938 (2011)|
Map of cities in Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies
- City status in the United Kingdom
- Centre for Cities
- List of lord mayoralties and lord provostships in the United Kingdom
- List of towns in the United Kingdom
- List of urban areas in the United Kingdom
- City status in Ireland
- List of smallest cities in the United Kingdom
- Royal burgh
- Cities portal
- ^‡ The status bearers of these cities changed on 1 April 2009 due to local government reforms. Salisbury became a civil parish, while charter trustees were formed for the former district council areas of Chester and Durham in the new unitary authorities of Cheshire West and Chester and County Durham respectively.
- ^1 City status confirmed by Letters Patent issued under the Great Seal dated 1 April 1974.
- ^2 City status confirmed by Letters Patent issued under the Great Seal dated 25 June 1974.
- ^3 City status confirmed by Letters Patent issued under the Great Seal dated 28 May 1974.
- ^4 Bath Abbey and Westminster Abbey are no longer cathedrals.
- ^5 Coventry has had three cathedrals: the first, St Mary's, from 1043 to 1539 (it became a cathedral in 1102); the second, St Michael's, from 1918 to 1940, when it was destroyed by German bombardment; and its replacement, also St Michael's, built alongside the old cathedral, consecrated in 1962.
- ^6 Note that the City of London covers only the "square mile", and is usually just referred to as "the City". The larger conurbation of Greater London has no city charter, and consists of the City of London, the City of Westminster and 31 other London boroughs. This can be compared to the City of Brussels, within Brussels.
- ^7 City status was confirmed by Letters Patent dated 9 July 1974. The city status extends to the entire district, although the district council calls itself "St Albans District Council" or "St Albans City and District".
- ^8 Letters Patent under the Great Seal conferring City Status were issued to the unitary authority of York on 1 April 1996, confirming the right of the Lord Mayor to be styled "Right Honourable", in continuation to those granted to the previous City Council abolished 31 March 1996.
- ^9 Letters Patent under the Great Seal were issued on 29 March 1996 ordaining that the counties of Swansea and Cardiff should have the status of cities from 1 April 1996. The counties replaced the previous district councils which had enjoyed city status.
- ^10 According to the Municipal Year Book, 1972 the royal burghs of Perth and Elgin officially enjoyed city status. The royal burghs of Brechin, Dunfermline and Kirkwall had also been officially described as "cities". As all burghs were abolished in 1975, these areas are now often called "former cities". Although Brechin does not have city status, the community council formed for the area uses the title "City of Brechin and District".
- ^11 Armagh had previously enjoyed city status, with St Patrick's Cathedral the seat of the metropolitan primate of all Ireland. The city status was lost in 1840 when the city corporation was abolished. However, the successor urban district council and district council frequently used the title of city without official sanction prior to 1994.
- ^12 City Status confirmed by Letters Patent issued under the Great Seal dated 18 March 1975.
- ^13 City status granted by Letters Patent dated 7 June 1977.
- ^14 City status granted to the "Town of Newport in the County Borough of Newport" and the "Town of Preston" by Letters Patent dated 15 May 2002.
- ^15 Letters Patent dated 31 January 2001 ordained that "the Towns of Brighton and Hove shall have the status of a City".
- ^16 Letters Patent dated 31 January 2001 ordained that "the Town of Wolverhampton shall have the status of a City".
- ^17 Letters Patent dated 4 November 1980 ordained that the "Town of Lichfield shall have the status of a City". A town council had been constituted in 1980 leading to the dissolution of the Charter Trustees of the City of Lichfield.
- ^18 City status granted by Letters Patent dated 23 March 1992.
- ^19 City status was conferred on Hereford Town Council 11 October 2000. The status had previously been confirmed to the district council formed in 1974. When that council was abolished in 1996 charter trustees were formed for the City of Hereford. On the formation of a town council for Hereford in April 2000 the charter trustees were dissolved, and the city status temporarily lapsed.
- ^20 St David's historically had city status because of the presence of St David's Cathedral. In 1849 it was noted that the city had no municipal corporation: There was however a recognised "city" in which a mayor had limited jurisdiction. A Royal Commission appointed in 1876 reported that the corporation had long been extinct, and the city was formally abolished in 1886 under the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act 1883. Letters Patent dated 16 September 1994 ordained that the "Town of St. David's shall have the status of a City".
- ^21 The title of City was used "by courtesy" after 1550 when Westminster ceased to be the see of a bishop. By Letters Patent dated 27 October 1900 city status was conferred on the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Westminster from 1 November. This status was continued on the creation of the City of Westminster as a London borough in 1965.
- ^22 A letter from the Home Secretary to the Mayor of Leicester dated 14 June 1919, confirming that the city status would be bestowed, noted that this was a "restoration to your ancient town of its former status of a city".
- ^23 Letters Patent dated 10 December 1969.
- ^24 Letters Patent dated 21 April 1926.
- ^25 Letters Patent dated 21 March 1951.
- ^26 Letters Patent dated 14 May 1937.
- ^27 Letters Patent dated 18 October 1928.
- ^28 Letters Patent dated 5 June 1925.
- ^29 Letters Patent dated 28 October 1905, which also granted the title of Lord Mayor.
- ^30 Warrant issued 28 January 1889 that Letters Patent be issued under the Seal appointed by the treaty of union to be used in place of the Great Seal of Scotland, ordaining and declaring that the Burgh of Dundee shall be a City, and shall be called and styled "The City of Dundee".
- ^31 Burghs of Old Aberdeen and Woodside and the district of Torry incorporated as the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen by the Aberdeen Corporation Act 1891 (54 & 55 Vict. c. cxxiv).
- ^32 The present council areas are designated "cities" by virtue of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, which also reserves the post of Lord Provost for the convener of the four councils. The previous local government districts and district councils created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 enjoyed the same privileges.
- ^33 Letters Patent dated 14 January 1889.
- ^34 Letters Patent dated 29 March 1853.
- ^35 Letters Patent dated 1 April 2009. City status had been held prior to this date (and since 1974) by the Charter Trustees of the City of New Sarum. The city of Salisbury's formal name was New Sarum (see also: Old Sarum) from 1227 until 2009.
- ^36 Letters Patent dated 28 August 1877.
- ^37 Letters Patent dated 1 June 2012 "to ordain that the Town of Chelmsford in the County of Essex and the Town of St Asaph in the County of Denbighshire shall have the status of a City".
- ^38  Localities (Glasgow)
- ^39 Legally, the city and county are called "Londonderry", while the local government district is called "Derry". See Derry/Londonderry name dispute.
- ^40 Letters Patent dated 14 June 2022.
- ^41 Letters Patent dated 15 August 2022.
- ^42 Letters Patent dated 30 September 1842
- ^43 Letters Patent dated 1 September 2022
- ^44 Letters Patent dated 5 September 2022
- ^45 Letters Patent dated 26 January 2022
- ^46 Letters Patent dated 28 July 2022
- ^47 Letters Patent dated 7 September 2022, with effect from 1 November 2022
- ^48 Letters Patent dated 22 November 2022
- ^ See List of lord mayoralties and lord provostships in the United Kingdom.
- ^ Of the local authority area not just the urban area, since the award is made to the authority
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- ^ De Excidio Britanniae, §3. (in Latin) Cited in the "Civitas" entry of Celtic Culture.
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- ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed. 1911.
- ^ The 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, for instance, listed St Asaph and Southwell as cities on the basis of their cathedrals despite their lack of charters or, in Southwell's case, local government.
- ^ Beckett (2005), p. 22.
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- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Bangor C
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- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Chichester CP
- ^ City commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the City's first charter, Derry City Council press release dated 7 July 2004, (accessed 15 December 2007) Archived 2 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ City status extends to the area of the former District of Durham "Charter trust and Mayor for Durham City". Durham County Council. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2013. "2011 Census Statistical Profile". Durham County Council. Retrieved 2 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Ely (Cambs) CP
- ^ "2011 Census: Usual resident population estimates by broad age group for Wards & Market Towns in Herefordshire". Herefordshire Council. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
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- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Lichfield CP
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- ^ Letters Patent dated 21 May 2012 "News: The National Records of Scotland seals Perth's city status". National Archives of Scotland. 6 July 2012. "'We really feel part of history being made' — Letters Patent makes Perth's city status official". The Courier (Dundee). 5 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
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- ^ Created a royal burgh at some point under King David I (1124–53) although the earliest surviving charters date to 1209 or 1210; the status was abolished in 1975.
- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Ripon CP
- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Salisbury CP
- ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – (E06000033)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics.
- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – St. Asaph C
- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – St. David's and the Cathedral Close C
- ^ Office for National Statistics 2011 census – Truro CP
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to ordain and declare that the Borough of Saint Albans, in the county of Hertford, shall be a City, and shall be called and styled 'The City of Saint Albans, in the county of Hertford.'
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- ^ "No. 63732". The London Gazette. 17 June 2022. p. 11466.
- ^ "No. 63791". The London Gazette. 18 August 2022. p. 15822. "THE QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 15 August 2022 to ordain that the Borough of Milton Keynes shall have the status of a City."
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- ^ "Crown Office". 5 September 2022. "THE QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 1 September 2022 to ordain that the County Borough of Wrexham shall have the status of a City."
- ^ "Crown Office - The Gazette". 29 September 2022.
The Late QUEEN was pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 5 September 2022 to ordain that the Borough of Colchester shall have the status of a City.
- ^ @RoyalFamily (1 March 2022). "Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were in Southend to celebrate its new city status, which was made official after the formal presentation of 'Letters Patent' on behalf of The Queen" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ @RoyalFamily (3 October 2022). "'We gather to celebrate this great occasion but also to commemorate the life of Her late Majesty , whose deep love for Scotland was one of the foundations of her life.'" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ @LieutenancySY (9 November 2022). "'Honoured to host Their Majesties King Charles III and The Queen Consort Camilla in #Doncaster today for the letters patent ceremony to grant City status.'" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ "Bangor receives city status in Princess Anne visit". BBC News. 2 December 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
- Beckett, J.V. (2005). City Status in the British Isles, 1830–2002. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 0-7546-5067-7.