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It's official - Durham is the Pub quiz capital of the UK.



  • Durham is the pub quiz capital of the UK, offering the highest number of pubs holding quizzes, with 70.73 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people.


  • Chichester placed second, with 54.97 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people.

  • Wakefield ranks third with 44.33 pubs that offer quiz nights per 100 thousand people, with Salisbury fourth, with 37.38.


New analysis reveals that Durham is the pub quiz capital of the UK, with the highest number of pubs offering quizzes per 100 thousand people.

The study by online gaming platform Hearts-Challenge examined the number of pubs that offer quiz nights in more than fifty of the biggest areas of the UK, to calculate the number of pub quizzes in each area per 100 thousand people and determine the pub quiz capital of the UK.

The study revealed that Durham has the highest number of pubs offering quizzes, with a whopping 70.73 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people. The cathedral city has approximately 24 pubs offering quiz nights, combined with its population of an estimated 50 thousand people, making the city the pub quiz capital of the UK.

Chichester ranked second in the findings, with the second-highest number of pub quizzes, 54.97, per 100 thousand people. Chichester ranked so highly due to its relatively small population of approximately 30 thousand people combined with a high number of 17 pub quizzes in the area.

Wakefield placed next in the ranking, with the third-highest number of city pubs offering quiz nights. The West Yorkshire city ranked highly due to having a total of 44.33 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people.

The research found that Salisbury has the fourth-highest proportion of pub quizzes. The cathedral city has 17 pubs that offer quiz nights and therefore a total of 37.38 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people.

Closely following Salisbury, Preston has the fifth-highest number of pubs offering quiz nights, with 36.75 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people.

Sunderland placed sixth in the ranking with 29.26 pub quizzes per 100 thousand people, while Carlisle placed seventh, with 26.47.

A spokesperson for Hearts-Challenge.com commented on the findings: “Pub quizzes are a fun and thought-provoking way to keep people entertained, but most notably a fantastic way to engage with the local community. Whether you remember trivial facts or not, quiz nights allow you to enjoy yourself while working out your brain and socialising with your peers.

This study provides a great guide into the most prominent quiz cities across the UK, with Durham taking the top spot by a landslide.”

The study was conducted by Hearts-Challenge, an online gaming platform for the popular card game.

Areas in the UK with the highest number of pubs offering quizzes per 100 thousand people Rank City Pub quizzes per 100 thousand people 1. Durham 70.73 2. Chichester 54.97 3. Wakefield 44.33 4. Salisbury 37.38 5. Preston 36.75 6. Sunderland 29.26 7. Carlisle 26.47 8. York 25.25 9. Chester 22.07 10. Portsmouth 21.94