UK’s most social city

Where should you live if you want a thriving social life?

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You’re never short of things to do in UK cities, from visiting museums, restaurants and theatres to experiencing vibrant nightlife. However, when it comes to keeping you entertained, not all cities are created equal and some lack the variety that adventure seekers are looking for on a Saturday night. Or any night of the week. We don’t judge.

For those of you who like to keep that little bit busier, we’ve done some research to find out which British cities are the most social to visit and live in.

We determined how sociable a city is by comparing the city’s population with how many pubs, museums, restaurants, concerts, venues and theatres it has.

Quick stats

  • Manchester is the UK’s most social city. It has a population of 548,991, but 3,250 venues to choose from, meaning that there is 1 venue for every 169 Mancunians.
  • The least social city in the UK is Perth, where 151,290 residents are fighting over a chair or a table at only 224 social venues, meaning there are 675 people per venue.
  • Unsurprisingly, London has more restaurants, museums and pubs than any other city in the UK. However, it places 27 (out of 38) in our rankings due to its population of 8 million and vast numbers of tourists.
  • To get the best of both worlds, you might want to pay Leeds a visit. Cheap pints and a fair amount of venues to visit means that Leeds takes fifth spot in our list of most social cities.

5 best cities for socialising

1. Manchester
2. Brighton
3. York
4. Edinburgh
5. Leeds

5 worst cities for socialising

1. Perth
2. Coventry
3. Poole
4. Birmingham
5. Reading

And the winner is…

Manchester!

This old cotton spinning town has much to offer for anyone who wants a fun night out. With over 2,827 restaurants, 360 pubs, 33 museums and 30 live venues and theatres, there are lots of things to do at any time of the week.

Brighton is close behind, with its 242,858 inhabitants enjoying a total of 1,424 places to go to have fun. This means there are 171 people per venue, making it the second most social city in the UK.

And bringing up the rear…

On the other end of the spectrum, the least social city award goes to Perth. With 151,290 inhabitants and merely 224 venues to socialise in, it can only offer 1 venue for every 675 people. But fear not, the city’s pint prices are only £3.07 on average, so at least the Perthians can have a reasonably priced drink while squeezing into 1 of the city’s 75 pubs.

The second worst city to live in if you like to be social is Coventry, where 362,690 people share 630 museums, pubs, restaurants, concert halls and theatres. This works out at 576 people for every venue.

The full results

For the full results, have a look at the table below.

City Population Number of pubs Museums Concert halls & theatres Restaurants People per location
Manchester 548,991 360 33 30 2,827 169
Brighton 242,858 245 36 22 1,121 171
York 161,875 190 42 11 655 180
Edinburgh 464,990 385 94 46 1,848 196
Leeds 500,155 450 22 23 1,646 234
Newcastle upon Tyne 282,708 195 27 16 935 241
Glasgow 591,620 385 62 39 1,876 250
Nottingham 308,273 185 22 15 996 253
Swansea 184,094 160 16 10 538 254
Exeter 124,180 70 6 7 388 264
Norwich 195,971 110 26 10 573 273
Oxford 170,350 100 19 13 491 273
Belfast 280,211 115 43 17 833 278
Cambridge 155,806 90 18 9 429 285
Preston 141,818 80 6 5 404 287
Bristol 567,111 285 35 31 1,561 297
Aberdeen 207,932 125 24 12 530 301
Liverpool 571,733 315 31 29 1,492 306
Cardiff 349,941 175 24 15 890 317
Portsmouth 229,907 150 20 9 486 346
Dundee 148,750 100 18 6 305 347
Sheffield 541,763 320 26 15 1,188 350
Stoke-on-Trent 274,810 135 12 10 626 351
Leicester 408,570 120 20 14 1,009 351
Southampton 271,173 100 12 13 632 358
Sunderland 175,595 145 9 2 323 367
London (+ city of) 8,746,122 3,700 416 437 19,277 367
Ipswich 147,522 55 17 9 318 370
Peterborough 174,102 70 6 5 375 382
Northampton 229,127 115 4 3 452 399
Gloucester 145,563 60 7 2 292 403
Plymouth 267,918 140 25 13 462 419
Hull 288,301 150 18 7 505 424
Reading 255,651 80 8 11 479 442
Birmingham 1,140,754 325 36 34 1,917 493
Poole 158,835 55 8 3 254 496
Coventry 362,690 110 12 5 503 576
Perth 151,290 75 6 3 140 675

Methodology

ONS
Zoopla
Tripadvisor

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