Officially there are 66 Cities in the UK
The actual official meaning of the word 'City' in the United Kingdom is different from the word's most common usage meaning and is independent of a cities geographical or population size.
- Definition of the Word 'City'
Most of us automatically take the word 'City' to mean an extra large town. A popular misconception that many make is to think that City status is granted to a place if it has a Cathedral or a University. In fact official City status in the UK is granted by the British monarch 'The Queen'.
- City Status Criteria in the UK
What are the criteria required for a town to become a City? This part touches on consideration's that are taken into account for granting City status in the UK highlighting the great difference between the official meaning of the word 'City' and its common meaning.
- Largest UK Cities
A list of the largest cities in the UK and their population in order of the highest populated. The population statistics refer to proper city boundaries not metropolitan areas or boroughs that surround them.
- Oldest UK cities
A list of the UK's oldest cities and their dates of incorporation; it's not known when some cities actually first began as settlements, prior to being granted City status by the monarch.
- Dates of Incorporation City Status
Details of the dates when each of the UK's cities first received their official city status.
- Large Cities - Conurbations and Metropolises
Ever since the industrial revolution, massive cities began to evolve at home here in Britain. As urban areas spread and continued to grow many forged stronger links with other nearby towns and cities to form giant metropolises and conurbations.
- City Twinning in the UK
Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired, with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. In Europe, such pairs of towns are known as twin towns.
City Pages on UK Superweb a resource all about the UK Cities
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which is the UK's official title is a unitary state composed of four main parts: the three constituent countries of England, Scotland and Wales which are collectively known as Great Britain and the province of Northern Ireland.
Officially there are 66 cities in the UK. Sunderland was made a city in 1992 to mark Elizabeth II's Ruby anniversary (40 years as Queen). Eight others have been created in competitions to celebrate the new millennium and Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. The UK also has many more towns that are easily large enough for us to think of them as cities, some of our actual cities are much smaller than some UK towns or villages. St David's in Wales is an official City with a population of just 2000, Ely in Cambridgeshire which is the earliest recorded city way back in 673 has a population of 15000. The UK has some literally huge towns in comparison to these cities, Telford has a population of 140000, and Shrewsbury has a population of around 96000, both Shropshire towns yet Shropshire as a county has no cities officially recognised by the British Monarchy.
So what constitutes a place in the UK city status? With all of the different definitions of the word 'city', including the official definition it can get somewhat confusing.
Which cities are the largest and what cities are the oldest in the UK, find out about 'city' dates of incorporation (when granted city status) if we even know them.
Superweb's city pages cover the United Kingdom nationwide, all of our 66 cities, a starting point online to each city, a little on their history, claims to fame, most cities started around industry, they may have had a port, been an important junction on a railway or sat upon a connecting river. You will also find website details for each city's official council, and links into the counties they are part of.
A national web directory made up of local pages, counties, cities, towns and villages connecting everyone locally with everyday channels, business, lifestyle and leisure websites.
Superweb has been online since midnight on the 1st May 1998, each day the resource becomes more useful to the users that visit it, if you have a website you can submit it for review.