Photos and text on the major towns and cities of Great Britain, the United Kingdom (UK), or just Britain if you prefer. Towns are augmented by scrollable maps and tweets from twitter concerning that town. Towns are selected firstly by population size then by other factors. There are some gaps it is true - due to missing information from the sites where this was drawn. Britains towns and cities come in all shapes and sizes - the largest city London accounts for a large part of the population of the South East of the country, around it some smaller feeder towns of around 100,000 people. Further North there are more larger cities in a broader spread - Yorkshire, the North East and around Manchester having a high population density and quite a number of towns. Scotland and Wales are represented too, but their smaller populations and towns mean that the majority of towns shown are in England. Northern Ireland is not represented here ... perhaps another site for Ireland sometime... Britain is the ninth largest island in the world and the largest in Europe. It has a combined population of around 60 million people (2009) and is the third most populated island in the world. London, Cardiff and Edinburgh are the capital towns of England, Wales and Scotland respectively. It is separated from mainland Europe by the North Sea (English Channel) and from Ireland by the Irish Sea. Geographically, the island is marked by low, rolling countryside in the east and south, while hills and mountains predominate in the western and northern regions Through the years there have been the following counties in England. Some of these have now been merged or removed.

@kevincook77 @DMAC102 Newcastle United Charging Sunderland fans £47 to sit in the gods, well done Peterborough Peterborough Sunderland.
@DavidDerhille @deglinginho @francebleu @MaximeTellier @ajacotot @AntoineMR sans notre @PDucrocq et greg paisley Paisley Paris.
☁🙌 @ All Souls College, Oxford http://t.co/AAJKd2rPcf Oxford Potes-Gijón.
@ImTheLondonGirl ... Is that it's in Paignton but not sure where uts Paignton hell.
@OSFC_Info NME Awards Tour troopers @Superfoodjunk & @HotVestryMusic play Oldham 28 Nov! Tickets from http://t.co/WKg4EIUMpp pls RT Oldham Oldham.
my new venture well underway and going great guns! #Northampton http://t.co/ERPQcZjhe9 Northampton Northampton.
I'm at Kingsteignton in Newton Abbot, Devon https://t.co/4umVcqrxMn Newton Abbot Thames Ditton, Surrey.
@holly_rosax yeah well up for it. Dunno ut holiday time at work though, got Berlin, Ibiza, Newquay, wedding, Newcastle already 😂😂 Newquay .
dishface is in Newport. lulz. @kristianbrimble Newport London.
Uyuduk uyucaz😂 (@ quorum business park in Newcastle upon tyne, England) https://t.co/iHaYOZFff5 Newcastle upon Tyne United Kingdom.
@Gemma_Michelle_ @jessrichard_son that cover!!! Morley .
Tomorrow's game against Middlesbrough I can see a protest & backlash from passionate #wafc fan's against @FA Middlesbrough .
Ultimate Ears UK, @ultimateearsuk is now trending in #Manchester http://t.co/8gkkUaZhHr Manchester Manchester, England.
@IWILLNOTGOAWAY hope you complete the online consultation at http://t.co/mzTIoPMg22 Maidstone Maidstone, Kent.
“@OceanDriveDrew: No but my guy said real nxggas eat ass. Is that what they do in Bedfordshire/Luton? #TheBigClash” No Luton PARIS.
“@HarryMcLeod: Currently parked outside Gems in Loughton! Thought of you straight away @IzzyZinaLock! 😘” yes Harry, L town the place to be 👊 Loughton Essex, London.
Two offers from Loughborough and Royal Holloway in one day 😊💯 Loughborough Enfield, London.
I'm at London St Pancras International – Eurostar Station in London, Greater London https://t.co/NitqR6NDQK London London.
Great to see the @Plaid_Cymru shadow cabinet tonight. We look forward to welcoming them to #Llanelli. #WorkingforWales Llanelli Cymru Wales.
@dmsmith32 @Scousergerry no THE Strand! Not THE STRAND in that London, but the road that currently severs #liverpool from its waterfront Liverpool Manchester and London.
What a fantastic idea for Aberavon seafront http://t.co/wpBOrL54eb Littlehampton Bridgend, South Wales.
“@ColinJohnBlair: @PeteMintoft @cJfires , PureVision training at Flames of Lincoln today, a very festive display :) http://t.co/8wyiTrAfYU” Lincoln Telford UK.
@jonhickman @kellyph It worked in Coleshill (which I think was West Midlands). Lichfield is Mid Counties IIRC Lichfield Between Brum and Shoreditch.
@Leicester_News thank you that is good news for shoppers in the run up to Christmas shopping Leicester The Edge. Dalby Road..
I hate working in groups. (@ The Light in Leeds, West Yorkshire) https://t.co/dCkQDvclSM Leeds UK-Kuwait.
Hot choccy from our tassimo Watching aldershot Pompey on the box. Reminds me of fa youth cup for leatherhead against the shots! #memories Leatherhead stamford bridge.
@StevenRedCircle will be in conversation with @RaithRovers_FC former player Gordon Dalziel 27 Nov Kirkcaldy Galleries @FifeFreePressEd Kirkcaldy Fife.
I'm at @CostaCoffee in King's Lynn, Norfolk https://t.co/v4sA9jWL5J King's Lynn norwich & manchester.
It's a foggy night here at Borderville for first team training before the FINAL game at Kettering Road on Saay. http://t.co/Aimaimprhk Kettering Peterborough, UK.
I'm at the fantastic, wonderful, world beating Kendal Mountain Festival. So much talent and enthusiasm. #KMF14 http://t.co/dCUqSs8Wkj Kendal Longsleddale.

Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, City of Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, Cheshire, Cleveland, Cornwall, Cumberland, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, East Suffolk, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire (County of Southampton), Hereford and Worcester, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Huntingdon and Peterborough, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Ely, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, City of London, Merseyside, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, North Humberside, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Soke of Peterborough, Rutland, Shropshire (Salop), Somerset, South Humberside, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Westmorland, West Suffolk, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire, East Riding, Yorkshire, North Riding, Yorkshire, West Riding.

Similarly for Scotland:

City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus (Forfarshire) , Argyll , Ayrshire , Banffshire , Berwickshire , Bute , Caithness , Clackmannanshire , Cromartyshire , Dumfriesshire Dunbartonshire (Dumbarton) , City of Dundee , East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) , City of Edinburgh , Fife , City of Glasgow , Inverness-shire , Kincardineshire , Kinross-shire , Kirkcudbrightshire , Lanarkshire , Midlothian (County of Edinburgh) , Moray (Elginshire) , Nairnshire , Orkney , Peeblesshire , Perthshire , Renfrewshire , Ross and Cromarty , Ross-shire , Roxburghshire , Selkirkshire , Shetland (Zetland) , Stirlingshire , Sutherland , West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) , Wigtownshire.

And finally Wales:

Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire Cardiganshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Clwyd , Denbighshire, Dyfed , Flintshire, Glamorgan, Gwent, Gwynedd, Merionethshire, Mid Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Monmouthshire Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Radnorshire, South Glamorgan, West Glamorgan.

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  • Leatherhead
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  • Rhyl
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Keighley
  • Tamworth
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  • Brighouse
  • Middlesbrough
  • Dunfermline
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Solihull
  • Gateshead