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21 Southern England quizzes and 220 Southern England trivia questions.
  A Passage to Hampshire   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The county of Hampshire, on England's south coast, provides a wealth of interesting and historic places to visit. Let's take a journey around the area to see how much you already know about this intriguing part of the country.
Average, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Sep 18 14
Fifiona81 editor
528 plays
  A Geographical Tour of Thomas Hardy's Wessex   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Thomas Hardy, the Victorian writer and poet, gave many of the locations in his works a 'Wessex' name. This quiz looks at some of the features, towns and villages that exist and at the Wessex place names that Hardy used in place of their real names.
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Dec 07 13
SisterSeagull gold member
250 plays
  The Historic County of Wiltshire   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Wiltshire is a rural landlocked county that is steeped in history. I have lived there for most of my life, and have attempted to compile a few of the more interesting facts in my first quiz.
Easier, 10 Qns, moonraker2, Jan 14 12
moonraker2 gold member
797 plays
  The City Of Oxford    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We've all heard of Oxford University, and the aptly-named Frideswide has an excellent quiz on it. But Oxford isn't just an academic centre, and so here is a quiz about the city and its history which has little connection with its famous seat of learning.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Apr 27 18
TabbyTom gold member
Apr 27 18
777 plays
  All About Dorset   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My first quiz! How much do you know about the beautiful English county of Dorset
Average, 10 Qns, Daddy19, Jul 29 07
871 plays
  Hampshire and Wight for Visitors   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Head south to discover the heart of ancient Wessex: Hampshire, home to historic ports, protected countryside and the former capital of England, and the Isle of Wight, a mecca for holiday-makers since the Victorian age.
Average, 10 Qns, riotgrrl, Oct 08 16
1707 plays
  Berkshire and Oxfordshire for Visitors   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Berkshire and Oxfordshire form the Thames Valley west of London. No visitor should miss the fascinating cities of Windsor and Oxford, but it would be a mistake to neglect the smaller historic towns and rolling countryside that surrounds them both.
Average, 10 Qns, riotgrrl, Apr 02 04
801 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is about my adopted county. With lots of historic sites in it there is plenty to see.
Average, 10 Qns, transtar1954, Nov 06 16
1003 plays
  Abingdon, Oxfordshire   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on my home town. Many of the questions will be answerable without knowledge of the town.
Average, 10 Qns, al99, Jul 02 22
Jul 02 22
647 plays
  High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The questions in this quiz all relate to the historic town of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England.
Average, 10 Qns, nicolek, Sep 18 23
Sep 18 23
450 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-1897) developed what?

From Quiz "Wiltshire"

  Dorset   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dorset is the home of my forefathers and a beautiful county, well worth a visit whether for its coastal attractions or historical sites.
Average, 10 Qns, transtar1954, May 25 07
944 plays
  Beautiful Dorset - Yer Tiz!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
With stunning landscapes and beautiful bays and beaches, Dorset is a favourite UK holiday destination. What do you know of the history and character of my favourite county?
Average, 10 Qns, baldricksmum, Apr 18 05
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1343 plays
  More about Dorset   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How did you do first time round? Alright? OK - so have a go at another 10 questions about the South of England's picturesque county of Dorset.
Average, 10 Qns, Daddy19, Nov 25 08
700 plays
  Oxford, City and County    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz about the city of Oxford and the county of Oxfordshire.
Average, 15 Qns, romeomikegolf, May 30 12
romeomikegolf gold member
619 plays
  Last Wights    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Isle of Wight is a beautiful part of England. This quiz explores this beautiful county.
Average, 10 Qns, clevercatz, Aug 16 18
clevercatz gold member
Aug 16 18
276 plays
  Do You Know the Isle of Wight?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the Isle of Wight? I will describe a place or attraction on the Isle of Wight and you try to guess which one I am describing. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, -flo-13-, Jul 18 13
852 plays
  Portsmouth, UK    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Shouldn't be too difficult, unless you've never been here!
Average, 10 Qns, nutter2002, Aug 14 20
Aug 14 20
1653 plays
  Oxford- The 'City of Dreaming Spires'    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Interesting facts both about 'town and gown'.
Average, 15 Qns, mgeigert, Jul 10 20
Jul 10 20
670 plays
  The New City, Milton Keynes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about Milton Keynes, one of the last of the post-war new towns constructed?
Average, 10 Qns, fadagaski, Feb 23 07
536 plays
  Oxford - city and university    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Oxford is home to Oxford University and a magnet for tourists. How much do you know about it?
Average, 10 Qns, bridget3, Jan 14 13
784 plays
  The County of Buckinghamshire    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten questions about the county of Buckinghamshire, in south-east England.
Tough, 10 Qns, mtorfull, Jun 17 20
Jun 17 20
356 plays

Southern England Trivia Questions

1. What is the county town of the Isle of Wight?

From Quiz
Last Wights

Answer: Newport

Newport is the principle town of the Isle of Wight and is often referred to as its capital. It is located in the centre of the island and has fine examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture. The largest town on the island is Ryde.

2. From the top of the Spinnaker Tower, which opened in 2005, it is possible to get a panoramic view across about 23 miles of southern Hampshire and neighbouring West Sussex. In which city is this modern landmark located?

From Quiz A Passage to Hampshire

Answer: Portsmouth

The Spinnaker Tower is a significant landmark in southern England, pinpointing the location of the city of Portsmouth from miles away. It is 170m (560 feet) high and stands on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour, within the Gunwharf Quays shopping and entertainment development. There are three observation decks (one with a suitably scary glass floor), the highest of which is 110m (360 feet) up. On a clear day it is possible to see along the coast from the New Forest in the west to Selsey Bill (in West Sussex) to the east. The name of the tower derives from the fact that it looks a bit like a large sail, an apt choice of design given Portsmouth's longstanding naval and maritime heritage. Although Portsmouth and Southampton are no longer considered part of Hampshire for administrative purposes, they remain within the borders of the ceremonial county. The city of Winchester is Hampshire's administrative centre or 'county town', while the city of Chichester serves the same function for the neighbouring county of West Sussex.

3. People born in Wiltshire have inherited a nickname that originates from local folklore concerning unusual activities at a village pond. What is this peculiar nickname?

From Quiz The Historic County of Wiltshire

Answer: Moonrakers

The legend originates from when a Government Revenue Officer came across smugglers who were trying to retrieve contraband barrels of brandy from where they had hidden them in a village pond. They were using long rakes. When asked by the Revenue Man what they were doing, they replied they were trying to rake a large cheese from the pond. The Revenue Man rode off laughing, seeing it was simply a reflection of the moon, and assumed they were simply ignorant country yokels! But we all know who were the most imaginative on this occasion.

4. The traditional county of Buckinghamshire borders how many other TRADITIONAL counties?

From Quiz The County of Buckinghamshire

Answer: 7

The historic county of Buckinghamshire borders seven other counties: Middlesex, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The border with Surrey is only a few miles long.

5. Where did Lord Baden Powell hold the first scout camp?

From Quiz More about Dorset

Answer: Brownsea Island

The camp took place in 1907 on the largest of the eight islands in Poole Harbour. Long, Furzey and Green are three of the other islands in Poole Harbour.

6. What is the name of the ruined castle in the Isle of Purbeck?

From Quiz All About Dorset

Answer: Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle was built in 978AD and stood for over 600 years. It was ruined in 1646AD by Parliamentarian forces during the English Civil War when it was betrayed by a member of its own Garrison.

7. Where is the administrative centre and county town of Wiltshire?

From Quiz Wiltshire

Answer: Trowbridge

Trowbridge was only a village at the time of the doomsday book and is situated on the river Bliss; it is believed it was being farmed long before this though. In the 13th century Trowbridge developed a clothing industry - there were 15 factories at one time, the last closing in 1982. Many companies opened in the wind down period: Airsprung Furniture Group, Ushers Brewing and Bowyers Pie Making are among just some of them

8. Which river runs through the town of High Wycombe?

From Quiz High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

Answer: The Wye

High Wycombe got its name from the River Wye and the word "combe" (the old English word for valley). The River Wey runs through the county of Surrey. The Isis and Cherwell (pronounced Charwell) meet in the county of Oxfordshire. Outside of the county's borders the Isis is known as the famous River Thames. (Information from

9. In 1834 six Dorset men, James Loveless, John Standfield, James Brine, James Hemmett, George Loveless and Thomas Standfield were transported to Australia for Trade Union Activities. How are these men now collectively known?

From Quiz Beautiful Dorset - Yer Tiz!

Answer: The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Following huge countryside protests at the sentence, they were pardoned and returned to England two years later. All but James Hemmett later emigrated to Canada to escape the publicity. A Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally is held each year in Tolpuddle in the third week-end in July - a festival in their memory.

10. There used to be an Abbey in Abingdon. It was destroyed in 1538. Which King of England was responsible for the dissolution of the monasteries?

From Quiz Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Answer: Henry VIII

The Abbey was established in the 7th century. It was destroyed by the Danes in the 9th century and re-established in the 10th century. People from the town looted it in the 14th century, before its final destruction in the 16th century as part of Henry VIII's fight to take power from the church.

11. What is the name of the stretch of water separating the Isle of Wight from Hampshire?

From Quiz Hampshire and Wight for Visitors

Answer: The Solent

The Solent, thanks to the Isle of Wight, is sheltered and benefits from 'double tides'. This has led to the growth of maritime cities such as Portsmouth and Southampton, in Hampshire and led to the first hovercraft tests taking place in Cowes (Isle of Wight), while at Hayling Island in Hampshire, windsurfing is said to have been invented.

12. What is the Upper River Thames called in Oxford?

From Quiz Oxford- The 'City of Dreaming Spires'

Answer: Isis

Oxford is situated on a gravel terrace between the Isis and the smaller River Cherwell. The city is about 50 miles west-northwest from London and has about 100,000 inhabitants

13. Milton Keynes can be found in which county?

From Quiz The New City, Milton Keynes

Answer: Bucks & Bucks. & Buckinghamshire

During the English Civil War (1642-1649), Buckinghamshire was devoutly Parliamentarian. The county MP of the time, John Hampden, was a prominent leader in the opposition against Charles I.

14. From which London railway station would you catch a train to Oxford?

From Quiz The City Of Oxford

Answer: Paddington

First Great Western and Thames Trains run regular services to and through Oxford. Trains also run on the Chiltern Line from Marylebone

15. In which English county is Portsmouth?

From Quiz Portsmouth, UK

Answer: Hampshire

It's on the south coast of the county.

16. The Isle of Wight was a great favourite of Queen Victoria. What is the name of the royal residence she had built on the island as a summer home?

From Quiz Last Wights

Answer: Osborne House

As a child Queen Victoria spent holidays on the Isle of Wight and when she was queen she had Osbourne House built as a summer home and rural retreat where she could relax. She died in the house on the 22nd January 1901.

17. Hampshire has some stunning countryside including sections of two separate National Parks. One is the New Forest but what is the name of the other?

From Quiz A Passage to Hampshire

Answer: South Downs

The South Downs National Park was only given the designation in 2010, some 59 years after the first National Parks in England and Wales were created; although the idea for it was first put forward in the 1920s. It mainly consists of a chalk downland ridge that roughly follows the south coast of England from the famous cliffs of Beachy Head in the east, to the city of Winchester in the west - a distance of about 90 miles (or 145 km). About a third of the area of the National Park falls within the boundary of the county of Hampshire. Despite its name, the New Forest is actually ancient woodland. The 'new' part dates back to 1079 when William the Conqueror turned it into a royal deer hunting area. His son King William II (known as William Rufus because of his red hair) was killed while hunting in the forest in 1100. The supposed site of William's death is marked by the Rufus Stone, although since the stone was put up about 650 years later the chance of it actually marking the right spot is probably pretty slim. Dartmoor National Park is in Devon; Exmoor National Park straddles Devon and Somerset; and the Broads are located in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

18. What is the county town of Buckinghamshire?

From Quiz The County of Buckinghamshire

Answer: Aylesbury

Although the county is named after Buckingham, Aylesbury became the county town in the sixteenth century. Other than Aylesbury's more central location, one possible reason for this was Henry VIII's desire to please Anne Boleyn's father, Thomas Boleyn who was a prominent landowner in the town. Incidentally, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes and Slough are all larger than Aylesbury.

19. Which animal related tourist attraction is in between Wool and Bere Regis?

From Quiz More about Dorset

Answer: Monkeyworld

Some of my favourite places to take my little girl - Putlake at Langton Matravers, Farmer Palmer's at Organford. The Otter and Owl Centre is in the New Forest over the border in Hampshire. Monkeyworld is an Ape rescue centre, set up in 1987 to care for abused chimps and rehabilitate them.

20. What is the county town of Dorset?

From Quiz All About Dorset

Answer: Dorchester

There is evidence of settlements around the Dorchester area dating back to prehistoric times. You can still see the remains of the walls built by the Romans when they were in Britain. Dorchester became Dorset's county town in 1305 and is mentioned in Daniel Defoe's 18th century book "Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain"

21. This main town is near the centre of the Island. It has a church in the town square and there are lots shops all around the centre of the town. The river Medina also runs through this town. What town is it?

From Quiz Do You Know the Isle of Wight?

Answer: Newport

Newport was apparently named Newport when people sailed up the River Medina to the centre of the Island and built a port there, hence 'New-Port'. There is also a Roman Villa here which was discovered in 1926.

22. Which famous person was killed in a motorbike at Clouds Hill in Dorset?

From Quiz Dorset

Answer: T.E. Lawrence

T E Lawrence (1888-1935) known as "Lawrence of Arabia", was killed in a motorbike accident near his Clouds Hill home. He was buried at Moreton near by. the National Trust now manage his cottage and it's open to the public. All the other people were also born in Dorset. Thomas Hardy 1840 - 1928. Novelist, poet and dramatist Anthony Blunt Born 1907-1983 - Art historian and Soviet spy John Le Carre Born 1931 - English novelist

23. Which Wiltshire city has a cathedral with a famous spire?

From Quiz Wiltshire

Answer: Salisbury

The original Cathedral was at Old Sarum. 1075 New Cathedral started on Salisbury Water Meadows. The Foundation Stone was laid by Bishop Poore. Britain's tallest spire (123m/404ft) was built between AD1310-1333 adding another 6,500 tons.

24. Which British Prime Minister made his home in Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe?

From Quiz High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

Answer: Benjamin Disraeli

Hughenden Manor is a three-story red-brick Gothicised Georgian house. It is now run by the National Trust and is a popular tourist attraction. Disraeli acquired the manor in 1847 and lived there with his wife, Mary-Ann until he died in 1881. (Information from

25. During summer months particularly, Dorset towns and villages are filled with visitors. How do residents refer to these holidaymakers?

From Quiz Beautiful Dorset - Yer Tiz!

Answer: Grockles

This is not a derogatory term: Grockles (and their money) are always welcome. The term seems to be applied to visitors in many English seaside resorts.

26. Abingdon is in the south of England, between Oxford and Henley. So what river is it on?

From Quiz Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Answer: The Thames

The Thames flows from its source in the Cotswolds 346 Kilometres until it passes through London before flowing into the sea. The Tay and the Clyde are both in Scotland and the Tyne is in the north of England, where it flows through Newcastle.

27. How are the three precipitous rock stacks off the west coast of Wight known?

From Quiz Hampshire and Wight for Visitors

Answer: The Needles

Other than the scenic stacks, the west of the island known to the Romans as 'Vectis' offers the attractively multicoloured sands of Alum Bay, and a Tudor castle in the resort of Yarmouth. In the centre of the island lies the capital of Newport, and the Norman fortress of Carisbrooke Castle.

28. Compared to other major towns in England, what is Oxford the farthest from?

From Quiz Oxford- The 'City of Dreaming Spires'

Answer: Sea coast

A glance at any map will reveal this. This central location was Oxford's strategic importance and attracted scholarly clerics from the Early Middle Ages onwards.

29. Who gave his name to Oxford's main hospitals (Clue - same first name initials as "Dallas" TV villain)?

From Quiz Oxford - city and university

Answer: John Radcliffe & Radcliffe

John Radcliffe gave his name to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington and the Radcliffe Infirmary in Summertown.

30. What was the Roman name for the Isle of Wight?

From Quiz Last Wights

Answer: Vectis

The Isle of Wight was conquered by the Vespasian, the future emperor of the Roman Empire. It was a peaceful surrender and the Roman occupants appeared to have lived peacefully with the local inhabitants. There is evidence that at least seven Roman villas existed on the island. Two of these villas exist today and are open to the public. These are called Newport Roman Villa and Brading Roman Villa.

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