Counties of Britain

InformationThe Countries of Britain (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland) are divided into smaller political regions known as Counties. The name arises from the Norman French influence where France was divided into regions ruled by a Count. Prior to the Normans, many of these areas were known as Shires and many still retain this older designation in their names, for example "Northamptonshire". These older counties are sometimes refered to as The Shire Counties and tend to be the more rural counties of Britain. London is also divided into smaller political regions and these are called Boroughs. For the sake of completeness we have also included the Channel Islands and The Isle of Man. Not strictly counties but political regions of the British Isles.


Click on the name of any County or Borough in the table below to see information on that area.



Bath and North East Somerset Bedfordshire Berkshire Bristol
Buckinghamshire Cambridgeshire Cheshire County Durham
Cornwall Cumbria Derbyshire Devon
Dorset East Riding of Yorkshire East Sussex Essex
Gloucestershire Greater Manchester Hampshire Hertfordshire
Herefordshire Isle Of Wight Kent Lancashire
Leicestershire Lincolnshire Merseyside Norfolk
Northamptonshire Northumberland North Somerset North Yorkshire
Nottinghamshire Oxfordshire Rutland Shropshire
Somerset South Gloucestershire South Yorkshire Staffordshire
Suffolk Surrey West Midlands Tyne and Wear
Warwickshire West Sussex West Yorkshire Wiltshire

London Boroughs

Barking and Dagenham Barnet Bexley Brent
Bromley Camden City of London City of Westminster
Croydon Ealing Enfield Greenwich
Hackney Hammersmith and Fulham Haringey Harrow
Havering Hillingdon Hounslow Islington
Kensington and Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Lambeth Lewisham
Merton Newham Redbridge Richmond upon Thames
Southwark Sutton Tower Hamlets Waltham Forest

Republic of Ireland

Carlow Cavan Clare Cork
County Meath Donegal Dublin Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Monaghan Offaly Roscommon
Sligo Tipperary Waterford Westmeath
Wexford Wicklow


Aberdeen City Aberdeenshire Angus Argyll and Bute
Clackmannanshire Dumfries And Galloway Dundee East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire East Renfrewshire East Lothian Edinburgh city
Falkirk Fife Glasgow city Highlands
Midlothian Moray North Ayrshire North Lanarkshire
Orkney Perth and Kinross Renfrewshire Scottish Borders
Shetland South Ayrshire South Lanarkshire Stirling
West Dunbartonshire Western Isles West Lothian


Anglesey Blaenau Gwent Bridgend Caerphilly
Cardiff Carmarthenshire Ceredigion Conwy
Denbighshire Flintshire Gwynedd Merthyr Tydfil
Monmouthshire Neath Port Talbot Newport Pembrokeshire
Powys Rhondda Cynon Taff Swansea Torfaen
Vale of Glamorgan Wrexham  

Northern Ireland

County Antrim County Armagh County Derry County Down
County Fermanagh County Tyrone  

The Channel Islands

Alderney Guernsey Herm Jersey

The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man