Why does Britain not have major coastal cities?

  VNAM75 01:49 24 Jun 2008

Why is it that a lot of the major/richer countries locate their more affluent cities along the coast but not here? China, USA, Australia & India come to mind. Just something I have always wondered about.

  jakimo 02:37 24 Jun 2008

They will probably get washed away

  Coffee Adict 04:54 24 Jun 2008

Perhaps because they didn't have trouble with those pesky vikings.

  wolfie3000 05:18 24 Jun 2008

Technically London is coastal.

  Earthsea 05:29 24 Jun 2008

Depends what you mean by 'major'. Plymouth is on the coast and has a long naval history.

  Taff™ 05:56 24 Jun 2008

Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol, Southampton, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen - I think they`re all cities.

  laurie53 07:34 24 Jun 2008

Glasgow, Belfast,

  jack 08:31 24 Jun 2008

is a city now.

  Quickbeam 08:43 24 Jun 2008

Coastal settlements on new land are the norm, then you move inland when you run out of space or discover mineral wealth or the like.

  dms_05 08:53 24 Jun 2008

And Exeter. It isn't now but it was 1,000 years ago. Our coastline changes constantly.

In any case for many years Liverpool was the busiest/richest port in the world and is definitely a City. It's also 2008 European Capital of Culture.

  sunny staines 09:30 24 Jun 2008

the countries you mention are old colonial lands where the ports were built to handle all the shipping traffic, these ports later developed into cities. where as in europe civiliastion was established long before this era and settlements grew up by fresh water [rivers] these later grew into cities.

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