Strange UK Laws

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Can you name the zany but true current UK laws without picking any of the non-UK laws, urban myths or plain untruths?

Featured Jun 21, 2013

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Treason in England, Scotland and Wales is punishable with the death penalty.
It is illegal to capture an alligator, an alligator's skin or any part of an alligator, dead or alive.
It is illegal to stay on the London Underground's Circle line for over 5 hours unless there are 'extreme unavoidable' delays.
It is illegal for paddlesteamer or cruise liner to pass through Royal Leamington Spa without reciting a sonnet from Romeo and Juliet loudly enough for the town cryer to hear.
It is illegal to drive a car containing a dog that is not restrained using a safety harness, unless it is held in the arms of a passenger.
It is illegal to order or permit any servant to stand on the sill of any window to clean or paint it.
It is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day in England.
It is illegal to erect a washing line across any street.
It is illegal to drive any cattle through any street between the hours of 10am and 7pm.
It is illegal to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, unless it is a doormat and it is before 8am.
It is illegal for Scotch whisky to be produced with an alcohol content below 40%.
It is illegal to let your pet mate with any pet from the Royal House.
It is illegal to live and attend school in Wales and have not received lessons in the Welsh language by the age of 11.
It is illegal to fire a cannon within 300 yards of anybody's house.
It is LEGAL to shoot a Welshman in the city of Chester, as long as it is within the city walls and using a crossbow.
It is illegal to enter the hull of the RMS Titanic without permission from the Secretary of State.
Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London are required to provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.
It is illegal to be part of a group or movement which actively and vocally condone Nazi policies and viewpoints.
Any whale or great Sturgeon caught in the UK becomes the property of the Queen.
It is illegal to cause a nuclear explosion.
It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
It is illegal to mine or attempt to mine Plutonium without permission of the Home Secretary.
It is illegal to keep a pigsty in front of your house, unless it is hidden from public view.
It is illegal for a Frenchman to enter the city walls of Hastings without showing their passport or national ID card at the relevant checkpoints.
It is illegal to perform a homosexual act unless it is consensual, in private and limited to 2 people above the age of 21.
It is illegal to gamble in a library.
All English males over the age of 14 are to carry out two hours of longbow practice every week, supervised by the local clergy.
It is illegal for a woman to be topless in the city of Liverpool, unless they work in a tropical fish store.
It is illegal to have an abortion in Northern Ireland, apart from in 'exceptional circumstances'.
It is illegal to watch live television without a licence having been purchased for the television/device.
It is illegal to be drunk and in charge of a cow in Scotland.
It is illegal on the Welsh island of Anglesey to own or use a car, motorbike or milk float. Tractors however, are exempt.
It is illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purposes of gambling.
A pregnant lady is allowed to relieve herself anywhere she likes, including in the hat of a London policeman.
It is illegal to take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
A gentleman must remove his top hat when boarding and travelling on a London Underground train.
It is illegal in the city of Shrewsbury not to hold a door open for someone who is approaching the door and is less than 8 yards away.
London taxi drivers must ask all passengers if they have smallpox or the plague.
It is illegal to enter the Tower of London wearing a kilt or carrying bagpipes.
It is illegal to import potatoes into England or Wales if one has reasonable cause to suspect that they are Polish potatoes.

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