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This is a list of cities in the United Kingdom that are officially designated such as of 26 January  2022 (2022 -01-26). It lists those places that have been granted city status by letters patent or royal charter. There are currently a total of 70 such cities in the United Kingdom: 52 in England, seven in Scotland, six in Wales, and five in Northern Ireland. Of these, 23 in England, two in Wales, and two in Northern Ireland have Lord Mayors; four in Scotland have Lord Provosts. 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, Northampton and Reading which, despite having populations of over 200,000, have not been awarded city status and thus formally remain as towns.

In addition to the cities on the main list, six new cities in the UK were announced in May 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, which once confirmed will take the total number within the UK to 76, comprising 55 in England, eight in Scotland, seven in Wales and six in Northern Ireland.

In the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, there are currently two cities. The number will double as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, as Jamestown in St Helena and Hamilton in Bermuda will be joined by Stanley in the Falkland Islands and Douglas in the Isle of Man.

History

The initial cities (Latin: [civitas] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) 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] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) 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 City of Carlisle, where much of the local authority area is 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

The column entitled 'Cathedral (pre-1889 England & Wales only)' in the table lists the cathedral that gave the city, all these cathedrals are Church of England, as only Anglican dioceses created before 1889 in England and Wales had an effect on city status, if a city's entry in the column says not applicable, it means that the city did not need to have a cathedral to be given city status, not that the city does not have a cathedral.

City Year granted
or confirmed
Cathedral
(pre-1889 England & Wales only)
City council Nation/region Image Population
Aberdeen
(Scots: [Aiberdeen] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Scottish Gaelic: [Obar Dheathain] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&10000000000001179000000 1891(Burgh: 1179) not applicable Local government district
(Council area)
Scotland 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".222,793
Armagh
(Irish: [Ard Mhacha] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Ulster-Scots: Airmagh)
&&&&&&&&&&&01994.&&&&&01,994 not applicable None. Represented on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
Northern Ireland Cathedrale d Armagh.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".14,777 (2011)
Bangor, Wales &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of St Deiniol Community
Wales Panorama Bangor 03 977.png 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".18,808 (2011)
Bath &&&&&&&&&&&01090.&&&&&01,090 Abbey Church of SS Peter & Paul Charter trustees
South West, England Bath, Somerset Panorama - April 2011.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".88,859 (2011)
97,311 (urban area, 2010)
Belfast
(Irish: [Béal Feirste] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Ulster-Scots: Bilfawst)
&&&&&&&&&&&01888.&&&&&01,888 not applicable Local government district
Northern Ireland 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".333,871 (2011)
Birmingham &&&&&&&&&&&01889.&&&&&01,889 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
West Midlands, England Birmingham Skyline from Edgbaston Cricket Ground crop.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".1,092,330 (2013)
Bradford &&&&&&&&&&&01897.&&&&&01,897 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
Yorkshire and the Humber, England Bradford City Hall from National Media Museum.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".522,452 (2011)
Brighton & Hove &&&&&&&&&&&02001.&&&&&02,001 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
South East, England Brighton and Hove skyline at night.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".273,369 (2011)
Bristol &&&&&&&&&&&01542.&&&&&01,542 Cathedral Church of the Holy & Undivided Trinity Local government district
(Unitary and county)
South West, England Bristol (UK), Bristol Cathedral -- 2013 -- 1570.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".428,234 (2011)
Cambridge &&&&&&&&&&&01951.&&&&&01,951 not applicable Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
East, England KingsCollegeChapelWest.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".123,867 (2011)
Canterbury &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral & Metropolitical Church of Christ Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
South East, England Canterburyfromuniversity.png 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".151,145 (2011)
Cardiff
(Welsh: [Caerdydd] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&01905.&&&&&01,905 not applicable Local government district
(Principal area)
Wales 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".346,090 (2011)
Carlisle &&&&&&&&&&&01133.&&&&&01,133 Cathedral Church of the Holy & Undivided Trinity Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
North West, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".107,524 (2011)
Chelmsford &&&&&&&&&&&02012.&&&&&02,012 not applicable Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
East, England Chelmsford, The Shire Hall.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".168,310 (2011)
Chester &&&&&&&&&&&01541.&&&&&01,541 Cathedral Church of Christ & the Blessed Virgin Mary Charter trustees
North West, England Bridge Street, Chester.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".91,733 (urban area, 2010)
Chichester &&&&&&&&&&&01075.&&&&&01,075 Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity Civil parish
South East, England Chichester Cathedral epodkopaev.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".26,795 (2011)
Coventry &&&&&&&&&&&01102.&&&&&01,102 St Michael's Cathedral Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
West Midlands, England Skyline of Coventry as seen from Baginton 3g06.JPG 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".316,915 (2011)
Derby &&&&&&&&&&&01977.&&&&&01,977 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
East Midlands, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".248,752 (2011)
Derry
(Irish: [Doire] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Ulster-Scots: Derrie)
&&&&&&&&&&&01604.&&&&&01,604 not applicable None. Represented on Derry City and Strabane District Council
Northern Ireland 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".107,877 (2011)
Dundee
(Scottish Gaelic: [Dùn Dèagh] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&10000000000001191000000 1889
(Burgh: 1191)
not applicable Local government district
(Council area)
Scotland 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".147,268
Durham &10000000000001066000000 995 Cathedral Church of Christ, St Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert Charter trustees
North East, England Modern Durham 2022.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".94,375 (2011)
Edinburgh
(Scottish Gaelic: [Dùn Èideann] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&10000000000001329000000 18th century
(Burgh: 1329)
not applicable Local government district
(Council area)
Scotland Edinburgh from Calton Hill with Dugald Stewart Monument 3.JPG 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".476,626
Ely &&&&&&&&&&&01109.&&&&&01,109 Cathedral Church of the Holy & Undivided Trinity Civil parish
East, England Ely Cathedral View Train.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".20,256 (2011)
Exeter &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of St Peter Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
South West, England Exeter from Haldon.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".127,709 (2020)
Glasgow
(Scots: [Glesga] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Scottish Gaelic: [Glaschu] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&10000000000001492000000 18th century
(Burgh: 1492)
not applicable Local government district
(Council area)
Scotland 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".593,245
Gloucester &&&&&&&&&&&01541.&&&&&01,541 Cathedral Church of St Peter & the Holy and Indivisible Trinity Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
South West, England Gloucester Cathedral exterior front.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".121,688 (2011)
Hereford &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of SS Mary the Virgin & Ethelbert the King Civil parish
West Midlands, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".58,896 (2011)
Inverness
(Scots: [Inerness] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))(Scottish Gaelic: [Inbhir Nis] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&02001.&&&&&02,001 not applicable None
Scotland Inverness Castle from Bishops Road Inverness Scotland.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".79,415
Kingston upon Hull &&&&&&&&&&&01897.&&&&&01,897 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
Yorkshire and the Humber, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".256,406 (2011)
Lancaster &&&&&&&&&&&01937.&&&&&01,937 not applicable Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
North West, England City of Lancaster (2).jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".138,375 (2011)
Leeds &&&&&&&&&&&01893.&&&&&01,893 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
Yorkshire and the Humber, England Leeds CBD at night.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".751,485 (2011)
Leicester &&&&&&&&&&&01919.&&&&&01,919 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
East Midlands, England Central Leicester Skyline.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".329,839 (2011)
Lichfield &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of SS Mary & Chad Civil parish
West Midlands, England Lichfield City View.tif 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".32,219 (2011)
Lincoln &&&&&&&&&&&01072.&&&&&01,072 Cathedral Church of St Mary Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
East Midlands, England Lincoln Cathedral viewed from Lincoln Castle.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".93,541 (2011)
Lisburn
(Irish: [Lios na gCearrbhach] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&02002.&&&&&02,002 not applicable None. Represented on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Northern Ireland Irish Linen Centre Lisburn Museum.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".45,370 (2011)
Liverpool &&&&&&&&&&&01880.&&&&&01,880 Cathedral Church of Christ Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
North West, England Liverpoolcityskyline.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".466,415 (2011)
City of London &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial St Paul's Cathedral Local government district
(sui generis and ceremonial county)
London, England City of London, seen from Tower Bridge.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".7,375 (2011)
Manchester &&&&&&&&&&&01853.&&&&&01,853 Manchester Cathedral Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
North West, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".503,127 (2011)
Newcastle upon Tyne &&&&&&&&&&&01882.&&&&&01,882 Cathedral Church of St Nicholas Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
North East, England Bridges opening up - geograph.org.uk - 178375.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".280,177 (2011)
Newport
(Welsh: [Casnewydd] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&02002.&&&&&02,002 not applicable Local government district
(Principal area)
Wales 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".145,736 (2011)
Newry
(Irish: [Iúr Cinn Trá] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Ulster-Scots: Newrie)
&&&&&&&&&&&02002.&&&&&02,002 not applicable None. Represented on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Northern Ireland NewrySkyline.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".29,946 (2008, settlement population)
Norwich &&&&&&&&&&&01094.&&&&&01,094 Cathedral Church of the Holy & Undivided Trinity Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
East, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".132,512 (2011)
Nottingham &&&&&&&&&&&01897.&&&&&01,897 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
East Midlands, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".305,680 (2011)
Oxford &&&&&&&&&&&01542.&&&&&01,542 Cathedral Church of Christ Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
South East, England Radcliffe Camera by Fenlio.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".151,906 (2011)
Perth
(Scots: [Pairth] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Scottish Gaelic: [Peairt] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&02012.&&&&&02,012
(Burgh: 12th century)
not applicable None
Scotland Perth, View of the River Tay from Perth Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1711451.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".45,770
Peterborough &&&&&&&&&&&01541.&&&&&01,541 Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul, & St Andrew Local government district
(Unitary)
East, England Peterborough Cathedral oblique view.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".183,631 (2011)
Plymouth &&&&&&&&&&&01928.&&&&&01,928 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
South West, England Plymouth Hoe.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".256,384 (2011)
Portsmouth &&&&&&&&&&&01926.&&&&&01,926 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
South East, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".205,056 (2011)
Preston &&&&&&&&&&&02002.&&&&&02,002 not applicable Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
North West, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".140,202 (2011)
Ripon &&&&&&&&&&&01865.&&&&&01,865 Cathedral Church of SS Peter & Wilfrid (diocese created in 1836) Civil parish
Yorkshire and the Humber, England Thorpe Prebend House.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".16,702 (2011)
Salford &&&&&&&&&&&01926.&&&&&01,926 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
North West, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".233,933 (2011)
Salisbury &&&&&&&&&&&01227.&&&&&01,227 Cathedral Church of St Mary Civil parish
South West, England Salisbury Cathedral from Old George Mall.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".40,302 (2011)
Sheffield &&&&&&&&&&&01893.&&&&&01,893 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
Yorkshire and the Humber, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".552,698 (2011)
Southampton &&&&&&&&&&&01964.&&&&&01,964 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
South East, England Ocean village 2021.JPG 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".236,882 (2011)
Southend-on-Sea &&&&&&&&&&&02022.&&&&&02,022 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
East, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".173,658 (2011)
St Albans &&&&&&&&&&&01877.&&&&&01,877 Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
East, England Cathedral.png 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".140,644 (2011)
St Asaph
(Welsh: [Llanelwy] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&02012.&&&&&02,012 not applicable Community
Wales Aerial View of St Asaph Cathedral.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".3,355 (2011)
St Davids
(Welsh: [Tyddewi] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&01994.&&&&&01,994 St Davids Community
Wales 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".1,841 (2011)
Stirling
(Scots: [Stirlin] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
(Scottish Gaelic: [Sruighlea] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&02002.&&&&&02,002 not applicable None
Scotland Stirling from Braehead - December 2004 - geograph.org.uk - 254316.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".34,790
Stoke-on-Trent &&&&&&&&&&&01925.&&&&&01,925 not applicable Local government district
(Unitary)
West Midlands, England Tunstall tower square.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".249,008 (2011)
Sunderland &&&&&&&&&&&01992.&&&&&01,992 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
North East, England SunderlandBridges.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".275,506 (2011)
Swansea
(Welsh: [Abertawe] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&01969.&&&&&01,969 not applicable Local government district
(Principal area)
Wales 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".239,023 (2011)
Truro
(Cornish: [Truru] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help))
&&&&&&&&&&&01877.&&&&&01,877 Cathedral Church of St Mary Civil parish
South West, England Truro rooftops.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".18,766 (2011)
Wakefield &&&&&&&&&&&01888.&&&&&01,888 Cathedral Church of All Saints Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
Yorkshire and the Humber, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".325,837 (2011)
Wells &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of St Andrew Civil parish
South West, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".10,536 (2011)
Westminster &&&&&&&&&&&01540.&&&&&01,540 Westminster Abbey (Although this was only a cathedral for 10 years until 1550, the city did not lose its status) Local government district
(London borough)
London, England Hdr parliament.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".219,396 (2011)
Winchester &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)

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South East, England Winchester-alfred-wyrdlight.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".116,595 (2011)
Wolverhampton &&&&&&&&&&&02001.&&&&&02,001 not applicable Local government district
(Metropolitan borough)
West Midlands, England 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".249,470 (2011)
Worcester &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral Church of Christ & St Mary Local government district
(Non-metropolitan borough)
West Midlands, England The city of Worcester in the morning sun - geograph.org.uk - 363052.jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".98,768 (2011)
York, &10000000000001066000000 time immemorial Cathedral & Metropolitical Church of St Peter Local government district
(Unitary)
Yorkshire and the Humber, England York (Aerial view).jpg 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".198,051 (2011)

Future UK cities

The following UK towns are due to be granted city status as part of Queen Elizabeth II's 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

City Year granted
or confirmed
Cathedral
(pre-1889 England & Wales only)
Current council Nation/region Image Population (as of the 2011 census)
Bangor, Northern Ireland 2022 not applicable Part of Ards and North Down Borough Council Northern Ireland 61,011
Colchester 2022 not applicable Colchester Borough Council East, England 194,706
Doncaster 2022 not applicable Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Yorkshire and the Humber,
England
110,000
Dunfermline 2022 not applicable Part of Dunfermline Council Scotland 49,706
Milton Keynes 2022 not applicable Milton Keynes Council South East, England 248,800
Wrexham 2022 not applicable Wrexham County Borough Council Wales 61,603

Map of the cities

Below is a map of the 70 cities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the 6 future cities listed in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Honours (in black). 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.)

The 31 cities with a Lord Provost (in Scotland) or a Lord Mayor (in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) are labelled in ALL CAPS. They will be joined by Southampton as part of the Platinum Jubilee Honours. 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).


British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are mainly self-governing territories that do not form part of the United Kingdom. There are presently two capitals with city status in British Overseas Territories, with two further capitals due to receive city status in 2022 as part of the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, listed below:

City

(current/future)

Year granted
or confirmed
Cathedral
(pre-1889
England and Wales)
Flag Territory/Dependency Status Image Population (Census)
Hamilton 1897 not applicable Bermuda,
North Atlantic Ocean
British Overseas Territory 854 (2016)
Jamestown 1859 not applicable

(although status was granted on establishment of St Paul's)

St Helena,
Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
,
South Atlantic Ocean
British Overseas Territory 629 (2016)
Stanley 2022 not applicable TBD Falkland Islands,
South Atlantic Ocean
British Overseas Territory 2,460 (2016)
Douglas 2022

(to be confirmed)

not applicable TBD Isle of Man,
Irish Sea
Crown Dependency 27,938 (2011)
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