English Towns and Villages

English Towns and Cities

Ashford (Kent) Pop: 110,000 - Legend has it that Ashford was born in the 9th century A.D. as the result of an invasion by the Danes.

The city contains an interesting mix of historic buildings (mediaeval Jacobean and Georgian styles) and relaxing greenbelts and walking paths amidst a profusion of floral displays.

Ascot (Berkshire) Pop: 8,000 - A small community best known for its racecourse-started in 1711, Ascot features the most vaunted horseracing event in England, the Royal Ascot.

Banbury (Oxfordshire) Pop: 41,000 - Banbury has been immortalized in the nursery rhyme, Ride a Cock Horse.

The city, a major tourism magnet, also is famed for its Banbury Cakes, a spiced, currant pastry that once enjoyed international distribution.

Bath (Somerset) Pop: 85,000 - The city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its thermal springs and in its early history as a haunt for the affluent crowd.

Bedford (Bedfordshire) Pop: 85,000 - A scenic river (Ouse) community with riverside gardens, Bedford is located just south of many attractive limestone villages that housed U. S. airmen during World War II.

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Birmingham (Warwickshire and parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire counties) Pop: 1,000,000 - Considered England's second most important city, Birmingham's name conjures up images of hard work, factories, and the Industrial Age in general.

Bournemouth (Dorset) Pop; 175, 000 - Sometimes referred to as the UK's happiest city, Bournemouth is an ocean side community with 7 miles of sandy beaches on England's south coast.

Brighton (East Sussex) Pop: 200,000 (city) 500,000 (metro) - On the south coast of England, Brighton is an important city with a diverse economical base including tourism.

Bristol (Gloucestershire and Somerset) Pop; 450,000 (city) 600,000 (metro) - A port city, Bristol has the greatest population in southwest England and as such offers extremely diverse economic opportunities. Well known as a film and music centre, Bristol was in the final group competing for European Capital of Culture for 2008.

Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) Pop:124,000 - Prehistoric artifacts (late Bronze Age) date occupation of the Cambridge area to 1000 BC. In part due to Cambridge University the city is a European focal point for high technology industries.

Canterbury (Kent) Pop:50,000 - Canterbury is another city with early roots in prehistoric times and of greater pitch, the scene of many historic religious events and intriguing plots.

Cardiff (Wales) Pop: 320,000

Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and traces its history back to pre-Roman times. Although it is heavy with industry, the city has beautiful castle, performing arts and, of course, music.

Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) Pop: 120,000 - Located in one of the most naturally beautiful areas of England, Cheltenham's international tourism count is said to number 6 million annually.

Chester (Cheshire) Pop: 85,000 - A walled city on the Dee River near the frontier with Wales, Chester has a history of occupation and siege by numerous tribal and ethnic groups, leading to a potpourri of structural and architectural features or influences that persist today.

Coventry (West Midlands) Pop: 333,001 - Arising from the West Midlands Coventry enjoys the dubious distinction of being further from a coast than any other city in the UK.

Crewe (Cheshire) Pop: 68,000 - A major railroad hub, Crewe is also home to a large contingent of Polish immigrants who have been arriving since World War II.

Eastbourne (East Sussex) Pop: 93,000 - A coastal city in south England, Eastbourne bills itself as "The Sunshine Coast" because of the record of almost 400 hours of sunshine set in one summer month.

Folkestone (Kent) Pop:50,000 - A popular seaside community Folkestone is also a Hovercraft port with a connection to Boulogne, France. The city displays numerous Victorian structures and ocean front walkways that allow views of France on clear days.

Gloucester (Gloucestershire) Pop: 120,000 - Set among the Cotswold Hills, Gloucester is an extremely scenic city with a rich culture and history.

Hull (North Yorkshire) Pop: 350,000 - Hull lies on the Humber River in northern England and serves as an active shipping and ferry port.

Leeds (West Yorkshire) Pop: 450,000(city) 720,000 (metro) - With the 2nd largest metro population in the United Kingdom, Leeds offers much in the way of economic, cultural and sporting activities.

Liverpool (Merseyside) Pop: 450,000 (city) 800,000 (metro) - Liverpool is another large metropolitan community located in northwest England on the Mersey Estuary.

Manchester (Lancashire) Pop: 440,000 (city) 2,255,000 (metro) - Recognized as one of the leading cities during the "Industrial Revolution" of the 19th century, contemporary Manchester continues to be an industrial giant and an extremely progressive city.

Newcastle Upon Tyne (North Yorkshire) Pop: 280,000 (city) 800,000 (metro) - Newcastle is located on the Tyne River and part of a large metro area in the north of England.

Norwich (Norfolk) Pop: 130,000 (city) 370,000 (metro) - Norwich is located in eastern England and boasts proudly of its high number of medieval churches.

Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) Pop: 280,000(city) 670,000 (metro) - A midlands city, Nottingham is just south of Sherwood Forest associated in legend from the Medieval period, with Robin Hood and his Merry Band of knaves.

Oxford (Oxfordshire) Pop: 150,000 - Synonymous with higher education everywhere, Oxford has been plying its academic wares for more than 800years.

Peterborough (Northamptonshire) Pop: 175,000 - Located less than 100 miles north of London on the commuter line, Peterborough has been jokingly pilloried as a place where, 'I changed trains there once."

Plymouth (Devon) Pop: 270,000 - Situated in south west England Plymouth's expansive harbor has contributed to its being the largest naval facility in the western part of Europe.

Preston (Lancashire) Pop: 140,000 - Preston is in northwest England on the Ribble River at the edge of the Forest of Bowland, or Bowland Fells.

Sheffield (South Yorkshire) Pop: 500,000 - In the north of England on the Sheaf River, Sheffield made its name synonymous with steel during the 19th century industrialization period.

Stoke on Trent (Staffordshire) Pop: 260,000 - Stoke-on-Trent is an unusual political affiliation (conurbation) of 6 communities (Stoke, Fenton, Burslem, Hanley, Longton, and Tunstall) brought about in England at the turn of the 20th century.

Stratford upon Avon (Warwickshire) Pop: 26,000 - Stratford-upon-Avon is the birth and burial place of William Shakespeare and located in England's midlands on the River Avon.

Torquay (Devon) Pop: 65,000 - A seaside resort in south England, Torquay is one of the earliest inhabited areas judged by the Paleolithic era items discovered there.

York (North Yorkshire) Pop: 145,000 -In the north of England on the Foss and Ouse Rivers York is another UK city that has transcended the ravages of the Industrial Revolution to command a high tourism level.