UK place names you’ve been saying wrong, and how to really pronounce them

“The English language can be challenging at best. Not only do we have words that are spelled and pronounced the same but have different meanings – read, bank, bat and bear are good examples – to complicate things further, some words contain heaps of letters that just aren’t needed!”

Take a look at the UK towns that are mispronounced the most…

Marylebone (London)
Wrong: Ma-ree-lee-bone
Right: Mar-lee-bone

Teignmouth (Devon)
Wrong: Tane-mouth
Right: Tin-muth

Bicester (Oxfordshire)
Wrong: Bi-ses-ter
Right: Bis-ter

Hunstanton (Norfolk)
Wrong: Hun-stan-ton
Right: Hun-ston

Cholmondeley (Cheshire)
Wrong: Chol-mon-de-lee
Right: Chum-lee

Godmanchester (Cambridgeshire)
Wrong: God-man-ches-ter OR Gum-ster
Right: God-munch-ester

Southwell (Nottinghamshire)
Wrong: South-well
Right: Suth-ul

Magdalen College (Oxford/Cambridge)
Wrong: Mag-de-lain
Right: Maud-lin

Leominister (Herefordshire)
Wrong: Lee-o-min-ster
Right: Lemster

Shrewsbury (Shropshire)
Wrong: Shrews-bury
Right: Shroos-bree

Happisbrugh (Norfolk)
Wrong: Happ-is-bruh
Right: Hays-bruh

Gloucester (Gloucestershire)
Wrong: Glos-es-ter
Right: Glos-ter

Belvoir Castle (Grantham, Leicestershire)
Wrong: Bel-vwar Castle
Right: Beaver Castle

Ruislip (Greater London)
Wrong: Roo-i-slip
Right: Ry-slip

Gateacre (Liverpool)
Wrong: Gate-acre
Right: Gatt-a-ker

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Frome (Somerset)


Frome, a town in easter Somerset is thought to have derived from the ancient Brythonic word “ffraw”, meaning fair, fine or brisk, and described the flow of the river that runs through the town! No, it’s not pronounced from, but in fact pronounced froom!


Omagh (Northern Ireland)


Omagh is the county town of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and we can completely understand where people may not know where to begin with this one. Well, we can tell you… it’s Oh-ma – pretty simple!

Ynysybwl (Wales)


Ynysybwl is a village in Cwm Clydach in Wales, and again it’s pretty difficult to spell so we understand why it may be difficult to pronounce! An-is-abull is the correct way to pronounce the village, so if you ever visit please use that pronunciation.

Quernmore (Lancashire)

Quernmore is a village in the City of Lancaster in Lancashire and is home to some unusual pronunciations, with the correct pronunciation being Kwor-mer!