In the United Kingdom not every city has a cathedral and not all cathedrals are found in a city. For example, Brighton & Hove is a city but does not have a cathedral; Bury St Edmunds has a cathedral but is a market town, not a city.
To make matters more confusing, there is no official definition of a ‘cathedral city’ – although most people take it to be more than just a ‘city with a cathedral’. Liverpool is a large and dynamic city with not one but two cathedrals, yet few would call Liverpool a traditional ‘cathedral city’.
At Cathedral City Guide we focus on the ancient towns or cities that have a medieval cathedral at their heart, as these places all have a special atmosphere and a rich history that make them truly ‘cathedral cities’. But we can’t resist covering other exciting destinations on occasion too…
The cathedral cities of England
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