We have 48 wonderful counties in England, and we will cover days out in every one of them – in time.

Each one of England’s counties has it’s own foods to try, places to see, unique personality, and usually a few different accents too. We’re incredibly lucky in England to have one of the most diverse countries in a relatively small space, in the world.

Read on past the map to find out some fun English county facts to show you why our counties make up one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

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County Map of England

This county map of England is interactive – click on the counties coloured in red to see the best days out there. The grey ones are coming. Let me know if you have any requests to hurry up with certain counties and I’ll put them to the top of the pile!


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Fun facts about England counties

When you start learning more about England you realise just what a fascinating country it is. Here are some facts about England to inspire you to explore more, and to enjoy some great days out.

What are the three largest counties in England?

The biggest counties in England by space are:

  1. Yorkshire at 3,669,510 acres (14,850.0 km2)
  2. Lincolnshire at 1,663,850 acres (6,733.4 km2)
  3. Devon at 1,636,450 acres (6,622.5 km2)

The three largest counties by population are:

  1. Greater London at 8,778,500.
  2. West Midlands at 2,864,900.
  3. Greater Manchester at 2,782,1000
Tewkesbury at the junction of River Severn and River Avon is a market town in Gloucestershire.

Which is the smallest county in England?

Rutland is the smallest county in England with a total area of 382 sq km (147.4 sq miles). Sandwiched in between Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire, it’s totally landlocked. The only towns in Rutland are Oakham, the county town, and Uppingham.

Which is the richest county in England?

Approximately 16 out of the richest 20 towns in England are all in the south east of the country. According to Forbes Windsor is the richest town, with 250 multi-millionaires. Berkshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have the most millionaires in the country.

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Which is the prettiest county in England?

You can’t say for definite, but there’s a reason why Cornwall remains one of the most popular tourist spots for Brits. The pretty little villages make for a great day out, especially with the miles of coastline too. Northumberland and Norfolk are usually popular choices too.

If you want to know more about the prettiest villages in England, read this post. And the prettiest villages in the New Forest, in Hampshire, are all here.

Which England counties don’t have cities?

Fun English counties fact for you, the following 11 counties in England have no cities in them.

  1. Dorset
  2. Rutland
  3. Isle of Wight
  4. Bedfordshire
  5. Warwickshire
  6. Berkshire
  7. Buckinghamshire
  8. Suffolk
  9. Northumberland
  10. Surrey
  11. Northamptonshire

Which counties in England have no motorways?

There are nine counties in England with no motorways – London, Isle of Wight, Rutland, Cornwall, Norfolk, Dorset, Northumberland, Suffolk and East Sussex.

Which is the best county in England for a day out?

Only you can decide! Check out this list of the best day out in EACH of the 48 counties of England to make up your mind.


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What are the 48 Counties in England?

Here are all the counties in England in alphabetical order.

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


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The 9 official regions of England

  1. East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
  2. East Midlands: Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
  3. Greater London: Greater London and City of London.
  4. North East England: Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.
  5. North West EnglandCheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.
  6. South East England: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
  7. South West England: Bristol, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
  8. West Midlands: Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire.
  9. Yorkshire and the Humber: West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.