The UK’s Most Entertaining Cities

There are plenty of top notch places to visit in the UK which provide ample entertainment, cultural sights, excellent dining, and pumping nightlife. Leading cities like London, Cardiff and Liverpool come to mind, but where do they rank on our carefully compiled list? Our infographic counts down the the top 40 most entertaining cities across the UK. Each score is rated based on the number of cinemas, bars, restaurants, stadiums and gigs, as well as, things to do as suggested by TripAdvisor and the happiness rating of its residents.

The infographic reveals that Inverness is the home for moviegoers. The largest city and cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands is ranked as the place with the biggest number of cinemas. Hastings, Bath, Edinburgh, Norwich, Canterbury, and Dover also rank highly in this department. The areas with the least movie theatres include Fort William, Windsor, Chester and Luton.

Which city has the most bars and restaurants? Windsor, the town on the River Thames just west of London, is top of the list with several traditional English pubs as well as some lavish eateries. Norwich, the old capital of the most populous English county until the Industrial Revolution, and the seaside town of Bath do not fall far behind from the southeastern city, alongside Fort William and Cambridge. Luton, Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of the greatest playwright and poet of all time, Shakespeare, are all at the opposite end of the spectrum.

From the looks of things, it seems that Oxford has a lot more to offer than just its prestigious university which was established in the 12th century. The city in central southern England also has the most theatre halls in Britain with a variety of plays and musicals on every night. Cambridge, the home to the illustrious rival university, comes to a close second, with Stirling, and Bath coming up just behind. The cities Inverness, Fort William, Chester, Dover, and Luton all trail behind.

When it comes to sports, the city with the highest number of stadiums is Cardiff, the Welsh port city, which has 17 sporting venues and 6 stadiums, including the Millennium or Principality Stadium, home of Welsh rugby union, plus football, speedway and concerts. Oxford, Inverness, Stirling and Manchester also have plenty of sporting arenas. The areas really lacking in stadiums are Chester, Dover, Canterbury, Fort William and Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Aspiring musicians and music lovers alike should head down to Manchester, the city which provides the greatest musical entertainment in the form of live gigs and concerts. Fort William, Brighton/Hove, Oxford, Bristol, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne are also famous for this type of entertainment. Luton, Dover, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor, Stirling, and Fort William, unfortunately, are part of the many cities deficient in this department.

According to the famous site TripAdvisor, Fort William, the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland, ranks as the city with the most things to do. It bears the name, ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’ as it is a major tourist centre for hillwalking and climbing. It’s also known for historical sight-seeing, shopping, walking, and cycling. Windsor and Bath are highly rated by the site leaving Luton, Coventry, Derby, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, London, and Northampton to scrape the barrel in this category.

Last but not least, is the happiness rating. Overall, many cites ranked highly for this, but it is Fort William which has the happiest population. The folk in Coventry, Inverness, Portsmouth/Southsea, Windsor, Canterbury and Stratford-upon-Avon are also a pretty happy people. The most miserable bunch of the lot are the Liverpudlians, the Mancunians, and the people from Cambridge, and Bristol. Despite ranking relatively low in all the other departments, the people in Coventry, Cheston, and Luton are surprisingly happy.

So, which of these 40 British cities are classified as the most and least entertaining? Head to the infographic for the total scores of each town and the complete list of rankings. Where does your city fall on the entertainment scale?