Manchester has been crowned the ‘rudest’ city in the UK

Not the nicest of titles, tbh.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th April 2024

A new survey has revealed a list of the rudest and most polite cities in the UK… and it’s pretty grim reading for us Mancs.

That’s because Manchester has claimed the not-so-coveted top spot.

We all know that England’s capital city has a reputation for not being massively accommodating to those who pay it a visit, but shockingly, London’s long-reigning title has been taken away from it this year, and has been handed over to the place we call home instead.

The British ‘stiff upper lip’ stereotype hasn’t come from nowhere, and there’s definitely truth to the fact that many of those living and working in our nation’s major cities can come across as pretty aloof from time to time.

But which UK cities are considered to be the rudest? Well, in an attempt to answer this question once and for all, language learning platform Preply decided to conduct a new study and analysed thousands of reviews on Tripadvisor that contained keywords relating to politeness, as well as the city’s safety index, and cleanliness score too.


Unfortunately, Manchester scored a low 3.6 out of 30 in the study overall, and came out with a politeness score of 1.5 out 10, and a safety score of 0.6 out 10.

The Top 10 Rudest Cities in the UK

  1. Manchester
  2. London
  3. Sunderland
  4. Wolverhampton
  5. Peterborough
  6. Plymouth
  7. Newport
  8. Birmingham
  9. Glasgow
  10. Nottingham

As many would expect, London claimed the second spot on the list with an overall score of 6.6 out 30, while some of the other cities in the top 10 included Sunderland, Peterborough, Newport, Nottingham, and Glasgow.


When it comes to the other end of the spectrum, the title of the most polite city in the UK, according to Preply’s study, has been given to Cambridge – with impressive overall score of 26 out of 30.

It was closely followed by Newcastle with 19.9 out of 30, and Sheffield with 18.2.

What’s your thoughts on this then? Do you think Manchester is the rudest city in the UK, or should somewhere else have been crowned instead? Well, if you ask us, we think it’s pretty rude we’ve even been called rude in the first place, to be honest.


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Featured Image – Manchester City Council