English Cities
and Towns

There are many English cities and towns you might want to visit, as well as London. It is very easy to travel around England by train, bus or coach, or by driving. Generally speaking there is good public transport between major places, although if you get out into the countryside then public transport is less good. All cities and most large towns have a train station, and almost all are served by the National Express or other bus networks.

Newcastle Quayside Sunset, from http://www.beyond-london-travel.com/English-Cities-and-Towns.html

Newcastle Quayside Sunset

Driving in London can be nerve-wracking, if you’re not used to big city driving, but outside London you could consider driving to any of the other English towns and cities. If you want to see several places then renting a car is probably the best bet, to get you out into the towns and villages that is the England most people want to see. But if you only want to see one or two places in particular, you might be better to take the train or the bus, or take a flight on one of the budget airlines.

Best English Places for London Day Trips

According to several surveys of visitors by various tourist organisations, the following are some of the most popular English Cities and Towns for day trips from London, according to visitors to the city. The link takes you to our pages telling you the best way to get to each of them from London.

Visiting English Cities and Towns from London

As well as the ten most popular day trips from London listed above, we also have pages or sections on getting from London to a few other places around the country. So see our pages on:

Colourful restaurants in Manchester, photo (c) Donna Dailey, from http://www.beyond-london-travel.com/English-Cities-and-Towns.html

Manchester Restaurants, Photo (c) Donna Dailey

City or Town?

What is the difference between a city and a town anyway? Throughout Europe, the traditional difference is that if a place has a cathedral, it’s a city. But then you have to ask what the difference is between a church and a cathedral. In the UK, a town becomes a city when it is given a Royal Charter. In other words, the Monarch decides when a town is big or important enough to be called a city. Becoming a city is still a big cause for celebration, as it brings with it certain rights and responsibilities, along with the acknowledgement that your community has grown to city status.

It isn’t only about size, though. Wells in Somerset is a city, but with only about 10,000 people it is the second-smallest city in England. The smallest is the City of London, a city within a city but no longer really a city as most people would recognise it. The smallest city in the UK is St David’s in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with a population of less than 1,800 people. 

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