While you won’t get any prizes for guessing what is number one, there are still one or two cities in this list that will surprise you. Maybe you have been living in one of these amazing cities the whole time and just never knew it was as big as it is…
10 – Bristol – (Estimated Population: 384,400)
Wiki Info: Bristol was a starting place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. On a ship out of Bristol in 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, became the first European since the Vikings to land on mainland North America. In 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America.
9 – Edinburgh – (Estimated Population: 438,700)
Wiki Info: Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.
8 – Manchester – (Estimated Population: 450,100)
Wiki Info: The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium or Mancunium, which was established in about AD 79 on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell.
7 – Bradford – (Estimated Population: 462,500)
Wiki Info: Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool.
6 – Liverpool – (Estimated Population: 476,000)
Wiki Info: Liverpool historically lay within the ancient hundred of West Derby in the south-west of the county of Lancashire. It became a borough in 1207 and a city in 1880. In 1889, it became a county borough independent of Lancashire.
5 – Sheffield – (Estimated Population: 532,300)
Wiki Info: Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base.
4 – Leeds – (Estimated Population: 709,000)
Wiki Info: The name has been applied to many administrative entities over the centuries. It changed from being the appellation of a small manorial borough in the 13th century, through several incarnations, to being the name attached to the present metropolitan borough.
3 – Glasgow – (Estimated Population: 715,600)
Wiki Info: Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become the largest seaport in Britain. Expanding from the medieval bishopric and royal burgh, and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, it became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century.
2 – Birmingham – (Estimated Population: 998,200)
Wiki Info: Today Birmingham’s economy is dominated by the service sector. The city is a major international commercial centre, ranked as a beta− world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub.
1 – Greater London – (Estimated Population: 6,770,440)
Wiki Info: The county of Greater London was created on 1 April 1965 through the London Government Act 1963. Administratively, Greater London was first established as a sui generis council area under the Greater London Council between 1963 and 1986. The area was re-established as a region in 1994, and the Greater London Authority formed in 2000.