Britain’s smallest, tallest and oldest towns revealed as 8 places get new status


Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, is one of eight towns to have city status. (Getty)

Eight locations have been granted city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The capital of the Falkland Islands, Bangor in Northern Ireland, and Milton Keynes are among the places that have been turned into cities.

The Cabinet Office announced the new list of cities on Friday 20 May, which includes the following:-

On a momentous day, Yahoo News UK takes a look at some of the record breaking cities in the UK.

Watch: Eight cities will receive city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee honors

What is the oldest city in the UK?

Since Friday’s announcement, Colchester has just become the oldest city in the UK.

The Essex destination, known as Camulodunum, was immortalized as the first recorded British settlement by Pliny the Elder.

It later became the first place in Britain to receive Roman ‘Colony’ status – compared to today’s city status – in 49 AD.

This meant it was also technically the first British capital until Boudican’s revolt when the title passed to London.

What is the largest city in the UK?

Ranking the biggest cities in the UK is actually harder than you think.

Whichever source you consult, London is by far the largest city in the UK, with some estimates putting its population at over 9.4 million.

Most lists place Birmingham as the second largest city, with a population of around 1.1 million, after cities like Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool.

Wide angle aerial cityscape over Birmingham city, England, UK

Most lists place Birmingham as the second largest city in the UK. (Getty)

What is the smallest city in the UK?

St David’s in Pembrokeshire takes the crown as the UK’s smallest town, with a population of just under 1,400 according to the 2011 census.

The new town of Stanley on the Falkland Islands isn’t much bigger, with a resident population of 2,458 in 2016, according to its latest census.

What is the highest city in the UK?

Some listings place Bradford as England’s highest town, with the highest single point within its town boundary at 324.9m.

However, others give the title to Sheffield, whose highest point is High Stones at almost 550m.

High Stones, standing at 548 metres, is the highest point in the boundaries of Sheffield and South Yorkshire, England.

View of Sheffield city center at dusk.

Sheffield is home to High Stones, making it the highest town in the UK. (Getty)

Located in the city of Sheffield, it is also the highest natural point above sea level in any English city.

Other “high” cities include Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Bath, all cities above 200m.

Which city is actually two cities?

How can a city be two cities, you will say to me?

Well, it’s possible when it’s in London.

It may be called the capital, but within the boundaries of Greater London are actually two cities – the City of London, the third smallest city in mainland UK by population, and the city of Westminster.