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There are 51 cities in England for you to explore on a day out, 51!

There are also 49,018 towns. Some more famous and popular than others. I wonder if anyone has ever visited them all?

We’re going to cover as many cities as possible on Day Out in England. Our city itineraries are written by locals, or at least people who’ve spent a lot of time in the city. We want to find the coolest things to do, mix them up with the unmissable tourist attractions, and pass our findings on to you with great pictures and a few personal stories in there too.

How many cities in England? There are 51 cities in England so you’ve got a lot to see!

The Best Days Out in England’s Cities

If you’re looking for insider guides for the top cities in England, then check out the city guides below. From what to do to where to eat and how to get around, these are the best city guides for you.

Fun facts about England’s cities

Always interesting to learn more about the country you’ve lived in your whole life, or the country you’re planning on visiting for your holidays. Here are some of the most interesting facts about England’s counties, and their history and present day achievements.

What are the major cities in England?

London is England’s megacity, and the capital city of the country. We also have two ‘second cities’ – Birmingham and Manchester. Then the biggest cities after that are Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.

What is England’s smallest city?

The City of London is England’s smallest city by population at 7,375 in the 2011 Census, followed by Wells in Somerset at 10,536.

They are also England’s smallest cities by area. The City of London is 1.12 square metres (2.90km2), while Wells is 2.11 square metres (5.46km2).

Vicars' Close, Wells, Somerset, UK - claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe. Wells Cathedral is at the far end.

What is England’s prettiest city?

Ely in Cambridgeshire is a very pretty city. As well as the usual city delights there’s also the impressive Ely Cathedral complete with its unusual octagon tower. If you visit Ely, we’d recommend taking a boat trip down the River Ouse to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife on one of England’s most impressive rivers.

Bath and Chester are also popular cities for people looking for the prettiest. With their beautiful buildings, characterful streets and beautiful lookout points they’re popular for a reason. The centre of Bath is so pretty it’s even a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want smaller pretty cities then Lichfield and Chichester have a unique beauty in the old buildings and stunning cathedrals too.

CNTraveller puts Oxford at the top of the list of best cities in England…

“Elegant, old-school and endlessly charming, the cloistered city of Oxford is a top-class spot for culture with character.”

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– The city of Oxford with the Radcliffe Camera and All Souls College on a beautiful summer day

The Best Day Trips FROM England’s Cities

If you’ve had enough of the city, and want to explore further afield, then here are the best day trip guides from each of the countries biggest cities. Whether you’re travelling by train or car you can have a great day trip in England with our top itineraries.

The Best Days Out From York

The Best Day Trips from Exeter

Best Days Out from Liverpool

Which cities have been capital cities of England in the past?


In the late 800s Alfred the Great oversaw the historical Kingdom of Wessex from Winchester. The country was set up differently to now, but at that time he was the most dominant ruler in England he – therefore making it the capital city of England.


During the English Civil War Oxford was the nation’s capital. Charles I held his court in the city from 1642, after Oliver Cromwell expelled him from London. Nice city for it!


Way back in the 7th Century the market town of Tamworth was actually the official capital city of England. The town was established as its royal centre by King Penda, and King Offa carried the tradition on. Unfortunately it kept getting burned down, so the Midlands capital of England didn’t last long, comparatively.


Colchester in Essex has also been a capital city of England at one point. Colchester served as the first capital of Roman Britain at the time of the senator and historian Tacitus. We’re going way back to AD60 now, but Catus Decianus ruled as procurator of Britain from the ancient town making it the capital.

The beuatiful building of Bradford townhall at city park.

What are the 51 Cities in England?

Here are all the 51 cities in England in alphabetical order.

1. Bath
2. Birmingham
3. Bradford
4. Brighton and Hove
5. Bristol
6. Cambridge
7. Canterbury
8. Carlisle
9. Chester
10. Chelmsford
11. Chichester
12. Coventry
13. Derby
14. Durham
15. Ely
16. Exeter
17. Gloucester
18. Hereford
19. Kingston upon Hull
20. Lancaster
21. Leeds
22. Leicester
23. Lichfield
24. Lincoln
25. Liverpool
26. City of London
27. Manchester
28. Newcastle upon Tyne
29. Norwich
30. Nottingham
31. Oxford
32. Peterborough
33. Plymouth
34. Portsmouth
35. Preston
36. Ripon
37. Salford
38. Salisbury
39. Sheffield
40. Southampton
41. St Albans
42. Stoke-on-Trent
43. Sunderland
44. Truro
45. Wakefield
46. Wells
47. Westminster
48. Winchester
49. Wolverhampton
50. Worcester
51. York

Have you been to all 51 cities in England?