Big cities are something everyone strives to visit, but small cities are arguably better. They don't have the constant hustle and bustle of people and various forms of transportation, rather, life is simpler. These cities are bigger than minuscule towns, but they are still small enough to give you a new experience.
Several small cities in the UK should be on your list of places to visit. It might seem like a boring venture, but the unique culture and atmosphere of these places are unlike anything else on this planet. Keep reading to learn about ten cities with the smallest population in the UK!
10 Armagh, Northern Ireland (14,749)
The last census was back in 2011 and a reported 14,749 people live in this small city. It might not be as big as Dublin, but it still has plenty of things for visitors to do during their stay.
The most popular thing to do in this area is to visit St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral where you can see incredible mosaics and architecture that will take your breath away. There are plenty of shops to explore if that is more up your alley, or you can visit the Armagh Planetarium and witness the many stars beyond our world.
9 Truro, England (20,332)
This tiny city has a population of 20,332 people which is next to nothing when compared to places like New York City or Los Angeles that hold millions. There are so many things to do here which is why this place should be at the top of your travel agenda.
You could visit their cathedral or the Royal Cornwall Museum where you can learn about the past life of the city and its rich history. If nature is more your thing then you can take a trip over to Poppy Cottage Garden and witness an array of flowers and other flora, as well as grab a cup of coffee from the tearoom on site.
8 St. Asaph, Wales (3,355)
This place barely counts as a city with only 3,355 people living within its borders. The best thing to do here is to visit their cathedral, as it is a staple in their history and a constant in the citizen's everyday lives.
It was built back in the thirteenth century, and guided tours are available to help you learn all there is to know about the smallest cathedral in Great Britain from this time period. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, as well as some good alcohol, and all of their food is locally grown for maximum taste purposes.
7 Wells, England (10,536)
This is another city in England that we are surprised can carry the title as they only have a population of 10,536 people. The best place to visit is the Bishop's Palace, and two bishops actually still live here. You can see the well-tended lawn, ancient chapel, and see real-life moats that were used to keep out unwanted visitors.
There is also a cathedral, old streets, and the Wells and Mendip Museum, which holds artifacts from prehistoric times. Another favorite in the area is the Wookey Hole Caves that were created over time as the water cut away the limestone.
6 Ripon, England (16,363)
The population of this city is a mere 16,363 and viewing different aspects of nature is this city's forte. You can visit a World Heritage Site called Studley's Royal Park, which is over 800 acres of green grass and a water garden.
The Workhouse Museum is also a great teacher as you can see first hand where the poor and imprisoned lived and worked back in the mid-1800s. The entire landscape here is beautiful, and it would be a shame if you missed out on that because of your aversion to small cities.
5 Ely, England (20,256)
The population of this city has continued to grow, but it still rests near the bottom with only 20,256 inhabitants. You might have heard of the name Oliver Cromwell, a man known for his efforts in turning England into a republic, and this town served as his home.
You can visit his house, which was built back in 1215, and walk through while listening to an audio tour. This place is also the only city in the UK that houses a stained glass museum, where you can learn techniques as well as see displays of some really old art pieces.
4 St. Davids, Wales (1,372)
This is the smallest city in the UK, and we can hardly believe that only 1,372 people are living within its borders. While you are vacationing here you can stop down at their Whitesands Bay and take a lesson or two on surfing.
The local pub called Farmer's Arms is also the place to eat and drink whenever you come to town, as it has great beer and all of the rugby you could ever hope to see. There are plenty of friends to make and things to see and do in this area that put it on the map despite its lacking size.
3 Bangor, Wales (17,988)
This may not be the smallest, but it is still tiny enough to make this list with a population of 17,988 people. Bangor is the oldest city in all of Wales, which means that it holds a lot of history within its borders.
Penrhyn Castle is somewhere you should visit if the idea of royal living entices you, and your admission grants you access to several rooms and the beautiful grounds. There are also some beautiful gardens and greenhouses that are free to the public, where you can see flora and fauna in all of its glory as you have never seen it before.
2 Chichester, England (26,795)
The census was taken back in 2011 states that this city has a population of 26,795 people, which an entire football stadium could easily hold. There is a beautiful art collection here that was left after Water Hussey passed away back in 1985 and they are on display in the Pallant House.
There is also the Fishbourne Roman Palace which is the largest residence unearthed that dates back to the period of the Romans and the historical significance of this place is incomparable to anything else on the planet. This city might be small, but there is more to this place than meets the eye.
1 City Of London, England (7,700)
This is not the London we see in movies and hear in the news, rather, the smaller City of London only covers two square miles and it is home to the Bank of England. It had a recorded population of 7,700 people in 2018, which is remarkably less than its monstrous counterpart. The two main attractions guests can visit are the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, where you can learn about some of the histories and witness fantastic views.