Counties In England

Your Guide to the Counties of England

48 ceremonial counties

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The counties of England offer a incredible diversity of countryside & experiences.

Here is an alphabetical list of the 48 ceremonial counties in England:

County Website Districts Location
Bedfordshire  -  Bedford, Central Bedfordhsire, Luton  -  Where is Bedfordsire? Bedfordshire borders Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the south-east.
Berkshire  -  West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough  -  Where is Berkshire? Berkshire borders Greater London to the East, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire to the North, Wiltshire to the West, and Hampshire & Surrey to the SOuth. The royal residence of Windsor Castle is in Berkshire.
City of Bristol  -  Bristol  -  Where is Bristol? Bristol is sandwiched between Gloucestershire to the north and Somerset to the south. Built around the River Avon, the city of Bristol is the most populous city in South West England.
Buckinghamshire  -  South Bucks, Chiltern, Wycombe, Aylesbury Vale, Borough of Milton Keynes  -  Where is Buckinghamshire? Buckinghamshire borders 6 counties including Greater London to the south-east, Hertfordshire to the east, and Oxfordshire to the west.
Cambridgeshire  -  Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Fenland, East Cambridgeshire, Peterborough  -  Where is Cambridgeshire? Cambridgeshire lies directly west of Norfolk and Suffolk and has a northen border with Lincolnshire. Cambridgeshire is home to the famous university and the magnificent Ely cathedral.
Cheshire  -  Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington, Halton  -  Where is Cheshire? Cheshire borders Wales to the east and Liverpool & Manchester to the North. Cheshire boasts the beautiful city of Chester, not to mention some very famous cheese.
City of London  -  London postcodes of EC, WC & E1  -  Where is the City of London? The Square Mile or City of London is in the middle of Greater London on the north side of the Thames between the boroughs of Westminster and Tower hamlets. It is England's smallest ceremonial county.
Cornwall  -  Cornwall, Isles of Scilly  -  Where is Cornwall? With Devon to its east, Cornwall is in the far south western corner of the UK and has the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain.
Cumbria  -  Borough of Barrow-in-Furness, District of South Lakeland, Borough of Copeland, Borough of Allerdale, District of Eden, City of Carlisle  -  Where is Cumbria? Cumbria is in the furthest north western corner of England, with the Scottish Border to the north and the Irish Sea to the west. Cumbria is predominantly rural and includes the Lake District, considered one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty.
Derbyshire  -  High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire, Erewash, Amber Valley, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover, Derby  -  Where is Derbyshire? Derbyshire borders Yorshire to the north, Nottinghamshire to the east, and Staffordshire to the south-west. Derbyshire & the Peak District offers a spectacular landscape in one of the most beautiful & inspiring parts of the British Isles.
Devon  -  Exeter, East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, Torridge, West Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Plymouth, Torbay  -  Where is Devon? Situated between Cornwall to the west and Somerset to the east, Devon is one of the largest English counties and boasts rolling countryside, beautiful beaches and hundreds of events & activities.
Dorset  -  Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole  -  Where is Dorset? With the English Channel to the south, Dorset's northern borders are with Somerset, Wilshire & Hampshire. Dorset's charming countryside and breathtaking views has been designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
Durham  -  County Durham, Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees  -  Where is Durham? County Durham is a north eastern county of England, bordered by North Yorkshire to the south and Northumberland to the north.
East Riding of Yorkshire  -  East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull  -  Where is the East Riding of Yorkshire? East Riding of Yorkshire is borderd by North & South Yorkshire and also the River Humber along its southern edge. Its county town is Beverley.
East Sussex  -  Hastings, Rother, Wealden, Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton & Hove  -  Where is East Sussex? The county of East Sussex is bordered by its western namesake to the west and Kent to the north & east.
Essex  -  Harlow, Epping Forest, Brentwood, Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, Maldon, Chelmsford, Uttlesford, Braintree, Colchester, Tendring, Thurrock, Southend-on-Sea  -  Where is Essex? Essex is an eastern county of England located to the northwest of London. It's bordered by Cambridge & Suffolk to the north and Hertfordshire to the west. The county town of Essex is Chelmsford.
Gloucestershire  -  Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Cotswold, Stroud, Forest of Dean, South Gloucestershire  -  Where is Gloucestershire? Gloucestershire is a western county of England bordering Herefordhsire & wales to the west and Somerset & Wiltshire to the south. Its county town is the city of Gloucester.
Greater London  -  The 32 London boroughs  -  Where is Greater London? Greater London is in south east England and is surrounded by the Home Counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Berkshire, Surrey, & Kent.
Greater Manchester  -  Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Salford, Trafford  -  Where is Greater Manchester? Greater Manchester borders Lancashire & West Yorkshire to the north, and Cheshire & Derbyshire to the south.
Hampshire  -  Gosport, Fareham, Winchester, Havant, East Hampshire, Hart, Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Deane, Test Valley, Eastleigh, New Forest, Southampton, Portsmouth  -  Where is Hampshire? Hampshire borders Sussex & Dorset to its East & West, and Wiltshire, Berkshire & Surrey along its northern edges.
Herefordshire  -  Herefordshire  -  Where is Herefordshire? Herefordshire is sandwiched between Herefordhsire to the east and the Welsh border to the west.
Hertfordshire  -  Three Rivers, Watford, Hertsmere, Welwyn Hatfield, Broxbourne, East Hertfordshire, Stevenage, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Dacorum  -  Where is Hertfordshire? Hertfordshire is one of the home counties and is bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west, and Greater London to the south.
Isle of Wight  -  Isle of Wight  -  Where is the Isle of Wight? The Isle of Wight is located in the English Channel about 4 miles south of the Hampshire coastline.
Kent  -  Sevenoaks, Dartford, Gravesham, Tonbridge and Malling, Medway, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Swale, Ashford, Canterbury, Shepway, Thanet, Dover  -  Where is Kent? Kent is located in the far south east corner of England and borders Essex & London to the north, and Surrey & East Sussex to the west & south. To the southeast it also has a border with France which is halfway along the Channel Tunnel.
Lancashire  -  West Lancashire, Chorley, South Ribble, Fylde, Preston, Wyre, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen  -  Where is Lancashire? Lancashire borders Greater Manchester to the south, Cumbria to the north and North yorkshire to the east.
Leicestershire  -  Charnwood, Melton, Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, Blaby, Hinckley and Bosworth, North West Leicestershire, Leicester  -  Where is Leicestershire? Leicestershire is in the very heart of England and borders no fewer than 7 counties inlcuding Nottinghamshire to the north and Northants to the south.
Lincolnshire  -  Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Kesteven, South Holland, Boston, East Lindsey, West Lindsey, North Lincolnshire, North East, Lincolnshire  -  Where is Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire is on the East coast of England with the Humber and the Wash forming part of its northern and southern boundaries respectively.
Merseyside  -  Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral  -  Where is Merseyside? Merseyside is on the West coast of England surrounded by the counties of of Lancashire, Greater Manchester & Cheshire.
Norfolk  -  Norwich, South Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, Broadland, North Norfolk, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland  -  Where is Norfolk? Norfolk borders Suffolk to the south and Lincolnshire & Cambridgeshire to the west.
North Yorkshire  -  Selby, Borough of Harrogate, Craven, Richmondshire, Hambleton, Ryedale, Borough of Scarborough, City of York, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees south of the Tees)  -  Where is North Yorkshire? North Yorkshire is a large county in the north of England stretching almost from coast to coast.
Northamptonshire  -  South Northamptonshire, Northampton, Daventry, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, East Northamptonshire  -  Where is Northamptonshire? Northamptonshire is in the East Midlands region and is bordered by eight other counties including Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Lincolnshire.
Northumberland  -  Northumberland  -  Where is Northumberland? Northumberland is the northernmost county, bordering Cumbria to the west & County Durham to the south.
Nottinghamshire  -  Rushcliffe, Broxtowe, Ashfield, Gedling, Newark and Sherwood, Mansfield, Bassetlaw, Nottingham  -  Where is Nottinghamshire? Nottinghamshire is the northernmost county, bordering Cumbria to the west & County Durham to the south.
Oxfordshire  -  Oxford, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire  -  Where is Oxfordshire? Oxfordshire is in the South/Central region of England and borders Warwickshire & Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, and Gloucestershire & Wiltshire to the west.
Rutland  -  Rutland  -  Where is Rutland? Rutland is a small landlocked county of central England bordered by Leicestershire & Lincolnshire to the north and Northamptonshire & Cambridge to the south.
Shropshire  -  Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin  -  Where is Shropshire? Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands region of England bordering Wales to the west.
Somerset  -  South Somerset, Taunton Deane, West Somerset, Sedgemoor, Mendip, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset  -  Where is Somerset? Somerset is a county in South West England bordering Bristol & Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south, and Devon to the west.
South Yorkshire  -  Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley  -  Where is South Yorkshire? South Yorkshire is a county in central northern England, bordered by the rest of Yorkshire to the north and Derby, Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire to the south.
Staffordshire  -  Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire Moorlands, East Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent  -  Where is Staffordshire? Staffordshire is a county in central northern England, bordered by the rest of Yorkshire to the north and Derby, Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire to the south.
Suffolk  -  Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney, Mid Suffolk, Babergh, St Edmundsbury, Forest Heath  -  Where is Suffolk? Suffolk is a county in East Anglia and borders Norfolk to the north, The North Sea to the east, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south.
Surrey  -  Spelthorne, Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Woking, Elmbridge, Guildford, Waverley, Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge  -  Where is Surrey? Surrey is one of the Home Counties and borders Greater London & Berkshire to the north, Kent to the east, East & West Sussex to the south, and Hampshire to the west.
Tyne and Wear  -  Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland  -  Where is Tyne and Wear? Tyne and Wear Tyne is a county which borders Northumberland to the north, the North Sea to the east, and Durham to the south.
Warwickshire  -  North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick  -  Where is Warwickshire? Warwickshire is a county in the West Midlands region of England bordered by Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire & Staffordshire.
West Midlands  -  City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, City of Birmingham, Solihull, City of Coventry  -  Where is West Midlands? West Midlands borders Shropshire & Staffordshire to the north and Worcestershire & warwickshire to the south.
West Sussex  -  Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex, Adur  -  Where is West Sussex? West Sussex is a coastal county of southern England, bordering Surrey to the north, East Sussex to the south, & Hampshire to the west.
West Yorkshire  -  Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford  -  Where is West Yorkshire? West Yorkshire borders Lancashire & greater Manchester to the west & south.
Wiltshire  -  Wiltshire Council, Swindon  -  Where is Wiltshire? Wiltshire is in the west of England and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
Worcestershire  -  Worcester, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wychavon  -  Where is Worcestershire? Worcestershire borders Warwickshire to the east and Gloucestershire to the south.

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