The 20 places bidding to become the UK City of Culture 2025

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have officially announced a record 20 places from across the UK have submitted an expression of interest to become the UK City of Culture 2025 – an all time high.

The competition, delivered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) uses culture as a catalyst for ‘levelling up’ areas outside London and putting new parts of the UK on the cultural map internationally.

Entrants have been tasked with proving that they can put culture at the heart of their plans to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

The twenty bidders will be reduced to an initial long list of bidders in the coming weeks and then cut down further to a final shortlist in early 2022. The winner will be announced in May 2022.

The new winner will take on the baton from Coventry and be at the centre of the UK’s cultural spotlight for an amazing year. We wish all the towns and cities applying the best of luck!


The following towns, cities and regions officially in the running for the title are:

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

The City of Bangor and Northwest Wales

The Borderlands region, comprising Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Cumbria and Carlisle City


Conwy County



County Durham



City of Newport




The Tay Cities region

Torbay and Exeter

Wakefield District

City of Wolverhampton

Wrexham County Borough

Great Yarmouth & East Suffolk

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