List of twin towns and sister cities in England

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This is a list of twin towns and sister cities in England. In most cases, the association, especially when formalised by local government, is known as "town twinning" (though other terms, such as "sister cities" are sometimes used instead), and while most of the places included are towns, the list also comprises villages, cities, etc. with similar links. Most of England's twin towns are those found in France and Germany, with places in the West Midlands mostly twinned with those from the United States.

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Bedfordshire[edit]

Germany Bamberg, Germany[1]
Italy Rovigo, Italy[1]
Germany Erlensee, Germany[2]
France Bourgoin-Jallieu, France[3]
Germany Porz, Germany[3]
France Coulommiers, France (1958)[4]
Germany Titisee-Neustadt, Germany (1991)[4]
Germany Bergisch Gladbach, Germany[5]
France Bourgoin-Jallieu, France[5]
Sweden Eskilstuna, Sweden[5]
Germany Spandau, Germany[5]
Germany Wolfsburg, Germany[5]

Berkshire[edit]

Germany Leverkusen, Germany (1973)[6]
France Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France[7]
Germany Braunfels, Germany[7]
Belgium Eeklo, Belgium[7]
Italy Feltre, Italy[7]
Republic of Ireland Clonmel, Ireland (1994)[8]
Germany Düsseldorf, Germany (1975)[8]
Nicaragua San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua (1994)[8]
Barbados Speightstown, Barbados (2003)[8]
France Montreuil, France (1988)[9]
France Cuincy, France (2018)[10]
Germany Bad Godesberg, Germany (1960, Maidenhead)[11]
Italy Frascati, Italy (1972, Maidenhead)[11]
Belgium Kortrijk, Belgium (1981, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead)[11]
Germany Goslar, Germany (1969, Royal Borough of New Windsor)[11]
France Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (1955, Royal Borough of New Windsor)[11]
France Saint-Cloud, France (1957, Maidenhead)[11]
Germany Erftstadt, Germany (1977)[12]
France Viry-Châtillon, France[12]

Bristol[edit]

Mozambique Beira, Mozambique[13]
France Bordeaux, France (1947)[13]
China Guangzhou, China[13]
Germany Hannover, Germany[13]
Portugal Porto, Portugal[13]
Nicaragua Puerto Morazan, Nicaragua[13]
Georgia (country) Tbilisi, Georgia[13]

Buckinghamshire[edit]

Germany Bensheim, Germany (1977)[14]
France Bourg-en-Bresse, France[15]
Netherlands Almere, Netherlands[16]
Germany Kelkheim, Germany (1985)[17]
Spain Archena, Spain (1995)[18]
Germany Friedrichsdorf, Germany (1980)[18]
France Houilles, France (1986)[18]

Cambridgeshire[edit]

Germany Heidelberg, Germany (1957)[19]
Hungary Szeged, Hungary (1987)[19]
Denmark Ribe, Denmark (1956)[20]
Italy Gubbio, Italy[21]
France Salon-de-Provence, France[21]
Hungary Szentendre, Hungary[21]
Germany Wertheim am Main, Germany[21]
Italy Gubbio, Italy[21]
France Salon-de-Provence, France[21]
Hungary Szentendre, Hungary[21]
Germany Wertheim, Germany[21]
France Saint-Jean-de-Braye, France[22]
Spain Alcala de Henares, Spain[23]
France Bourges, France[23]
Italy Forli, Italy[23]
Germany Viersen, Germany[23]
Ukraine Vinnitsa, Ukraine[23]
Slovenia Medvode, Slovenia[24]
Germany Stadtallendorf, Germany[24]
France Faches-Thumesnil, France (1990)[25]
France Arles, France[26]

Cheshire[edit]

Germany Lörrach, Germany[27]
Italy Senigallia, Italy[27]
France Sens, France[27]
Germany Bischofsheim, Germany[28]
Poland Dzierżoniów, Poland[28]
France Mâcon, France[28]
Germany Reutlingen, Germany (1959)[29]
Germany Bischofsheim, Germany[28]
Poland Dzierżoniów, Poland[28]
France Mâcon, France[28]
Germany Hilden, Germany (1968)[30]
Czech Republic Náchod, Czech Republic (1993)[30]

Cornwall[edit]

Germany Bederkesa, Germany[31]
France Le Relecq-Kerhuon, France[31]
France Ergué-Gabéric, France[31]
Germany Barsbüttel, Germany (2004)[32]
France Guipavas, France (1982)[32]
France Saint-Thuriau, France[31]
France Sainte-Anne-d'Auray, France[31]
France Porspoder, France[31]
France Pont-Croix, France[31]
France Douarnenez, France[33]
Germany Rotenburg, Germany[33]
France Hôpital-Camfrout, France[31]
France Pleumeur-Bodou, France[31]
Australia Port Augusta, Australia[31]
Italy Sasso Marconi, Italy[31]
Germany Achim, Germany[31]
Australia Launceston, Australia[31]
France Plestin-les-Grèves, France[34]
France Quimperlé, France[31]
France Landévennec, France[31]
France Quiberon, France[31]
France Pleyber-Christ, France[35]
France Primelin, France[31]
France Dinard, France[31]
France Audierne, France[31]
Germany Cuxhaven, Germany[31]
Australia Bendigo, Australia (1996)[36]
France Concarneau, France (1982)[36]
Germany Cuxhaven, Germany (2009)[36]
United States Nevada City, California, United States (1991)[36]
France Guisseny, France[31]
Mexico Mineral del Monte, Mexico[37]
United States Mineral Point, Wisconsin, United States[37]
France Plumergat, France[37]
Germany Dithmarschen, Germany[31]
France Plougastel-Daoulas, France[31]
France Calan, France[31]
France Ploulec'h, France[31]
France Plouguerneau, France[38]
France Camaret-sur-Mer, France[39]
United States Laguna Beach, California, United States[39]
Japan Mashiko, Japan[39]
France Malguénac, France[31]
France Ploërdut, France[31]
France Bénodet, France[40]
Germany Boppard, Germany[41]
France Morlaix, France[41]
France Langueux, France[31]

County Durham[edit]

Cumbria[edit]

Derbyshire[edit]

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Sweden Laholm, Sweden
United States Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island, United States
Poland Głogów, Poland
United States Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
Ukraine Chernobyl Children's Project
Germany Bad Nauheim, Germany
France Oignies, France
Germany Darmstadt, Germany
France Troyes, France
Namibia Tsumeb, Namibia
China Yangquan, Shanxi, China
France Onzain, France
Germany Osnabrück, Germany
South Africa Mamelodi, South Africa
China Shanxi Province, China
China Yangpu District, Shanghai, China
Japan Toyota City, Aichi, Japan
Germany Vogelsbergkreis, Germany
Germany Sindelfingen, Germany
Germany Bad Vilbel, Germany
Germany Wetterau, Germany
France Châlons-sur-Marne, France
Germany Langen, Germany
France Romorantin-Lanthenay, France
France Eaubonne, Val-D'oise, France
Germany Alsfeld, Germany
Germany Darmstadt-Dieburg, Germany
France Elancourt, France
France Château-Renault, France
Romania Babadag, Romania
Poland Tymbark, Poland
Italy Monterubbiano, Italy
France Die, France
Germany Frankenau, Germany

Devon[edit]

France Rennes, France (1950s)[44]
Germany Bad Homburg, Germany (1965)[45]
Italy Terracina, Italy (1988)[46]
Russia Yaroslavl, Russia (1989)[47]
France Brest, Brittany, France (1963)[48]
Poland Gdynia, Poland[48]
Russia Novorossiysk, Russia[48]
United States Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States[48]
Spain San Sebastián, Spain[48]

Dorset[edit]

Bermuda St. George's, Bermuda[49][50]
France Cherbourg in France (since 1977)[51][9][52]
Germany Lindlar, Germany[53]
France Brionne, France[53]
Member of a unique twinning association (called the Douzelage) that includes one member town from each of the European countries. They are shown below with the date they joined the organisation.
Spain Altea, Spain (1991)
Germany Bad Kötzting, Germany (1991)
Italy Bellagio, Italy (1991)
Republic of Ireland Bundoran, Ireland (1991)
France Granville, France (1991)
Denmark Holstebro, Denmark (1991)
Belgium Houffalize, Belgium (1991)
Netherlands Meerssen, Netherlands (1991)
Luxembourg Niederanven, Luxembourg (1991)
Greece Preveza, Greece (1991)
Portugal Sesimbra, Portugal (1991)
Finland Karkkila, Finland (1997)
Sweden Oxelösund, Sweden (1998)
Austria Judenburg, Austria (1999)
Poland Chojna, Poland (2004)
Hungary Kőszeg, Hungary (2004)
Latvia Sigulda, Latvia (2004)
Czech Republic Sušice, Czech Republic (2004)
Estonia Türi, Estonia (2004)
Slovakia Zvolen, Slovakia (2007)
Lithuania Prienai, Lithuania (2008)
Malta Marsaskala, Malta (2009)
Romania Siret, Romania (2010)
Cyprus Agros, Cyprus (2011)
Slovenia Škofja Loka, Slovenia (2011)
Bulgaria Tryavna, Bulgaria (2011)

East Riding of Yorkshire[edit]

East Sussex[edit]

France Varengeville-sur-Mer, France[54]

Essex[edit]

France Annonay, France[55]
Germany Backnang, Germany[55]

Gloucestershire[edit]

Greater Manchester[edit]

France Le Mans, France
Germany Paderborn, Germany
Germany Chemnitz, Germany (1983) [58]
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia (1962)
China Wuhan, China (1986)
Germany Geesthacht, Germany
Slovenia Kranj, Slovenia
Germany Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Germany Bielefeld, Germany
Ukraine Lviv, Ukraine
Pakistan Sahiwal, Pakistan
France Tourcoing, France
France Clermont-Ferrand, France
Germany Lünen, Germany
France Narbonne, France
France Saint-Ouen, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
France Béziers Blason Béziers.svg, France
Germany Heilbronn, Germany
France Armentières, France
China Bengbu, China
France Colmar, France
France Champagnole, France
France Chaumont, France
France Hem, France
Germany Kierspe, Germany
France Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France
Germany Ruppichteroth, Germany
France Villemomble, France
France Angers, France

Hampshire[edit]

Italy Montecchio Maggiore, Italy
France Authie, France
France Carpiquet, France
France Barentin, France
Germany Warendorf, Germany
Germany Duisburg, Germany (since 1950)[68][69][70][71][72]
France Caen, France (since 1987)[70][9][73]
Israel Haifa, Israel (since 1962)[74]
Japan Maizuru, Kyoto, Japan[75]
Oman Muscat, Oman[75]
United States Portsmouth, Virginia, United States[75]
Australia City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[76]
Italy Treviglio, Italy[77]
France Meudon, France
Germany Oberursel, Germany
Poland Sulechów, Poland

Herefordshire[edit]

France Vierzon, France, twinned since 1994.[79]
Germany Dillenburg, Germany, twinned since 1989.[80]

Hertfordshire[edit]

Isle of Wight[edit]

Kent[edit]

Germany Bad Münstereifel in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, since 1964.[81][82]
France Fougères in Brittany, France, since 1984.[81][82]
United States Hopewell, Virginia, United States, twinned since 1994.[81]
France Étaples, France[83]
Belgium Chimay, Belgium
France Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Denmark Frederikssund, Denmark
France Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, France
Germany Heusenstamm, Hesse, Germany
Germany Wiesbaden, Germany[86]
Denmark Albertslund, Denmark
France Dainville, France
Germany Grabow, Germany
Sweden Mölndal, Sweden
Czech Republic Říčany, Czech Republic

Lancashire[edit]

Germany Bottrop, Germany
China Sanya, China
Germany Altena, Germany
France Péronne, Somme, France
Poland Tarnów, Poland
Denmark Aalborg, Denmark
Poland Lublin, Poland
France Perpignan, France
Germany Rendsburg, Germany
Sweden Växjö, Sweden
Scotland Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
Netherlands Almelo, Netherlands
Poland Kalisz, Poland
France Nîmes, France[9]
Germany Recklinghausen, Germany
Germany Schleswig-Flensburg, Germany
Germany Bocholt, Germany
France Cergy-Pontoise, France
Germany Erkrath, Germany

Leicestershire[edit]

France Le Grand-Quevilly, France[97][98]
Germany Herford, Germany[99]

Lincolnshire[edit]

London[edit]

France Antony, France
Sweden Mölndal, Sweden
Nicaragua Matagalpa, Nicaragua
United States Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States[101][102]
As of 22 October 2015 Tower Hamlets has no status with other towns or cities[103]

Merseyside[edit]

Germany Moers, Germany
United States Birmingham, Alabama, United States (2015)[105]
Panama Panama City, Republic of Panama (2016)[106]
Indonesia Surabaya, Indonesia (2018)[107]
Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Poland Gdańsk, Poland[110]
Belgium Mons, Belgium

Norfolk[edit]

Nicaragua El Viejo, Nicaragua,[111] since 1996
Germany Koblenz, Germany,[112] since 1978
Serbia Novi Sad, Serbia,[113] since 1985
France Rouen, France,[9] since 1951

Northamptonshire[edit]

Northumberland[edit]

Norway Sarpsborg, Norway [114]

North Yorkshire[edit]

France Bagnères-de-Luchon, France
Canada Barrie, Canada
Italy Montecatini Terme, Italy
New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand
France Dijon, France
Germany Münster, Germany
China Nanjing, China
The sign on the approach to Stanley (Port Stanley) from the west.
United States Anchorage, USA
Falkland Islands Stanley, Falkland Islands

Nottinghamshire[edit]

Belgium Ghent, Belgium (from 1985)
Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe (from 1986)
Germany Karlsruhe, Germany (from 1969)
Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia (from 1963)
Belarus Minsk, Belarus (from 1966)
China Ningbo, China
Romania Timisoara, Romania

According to the official website only the relations with Karlsruhe and Ningbo are very active: two bridges on the NET tram system are named after these relationships.

Oxfordshire[edit]

France Argentan, France (1956)[9][123]
Belgium Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas (1967)[123]
Germany Schongau, Germany (1970)[123]
Italy Lucca, Italy (1972)[123]
France Ermont, France (1982)[124]
Germany Hennef, Germany (1981)[124][125]
Twinning in Banbury began on 26 October 1978, at a public meeting held at the Post-Graduate Education Centre, and called on the initiative of the late Councillor Ron Smith, the then Town Mayor of Banbury. Initial visits between Banbury and Ermont in 1979, and for a long time after there was a period of informal relationship before a formal agreement was signed in 1982. Contact was first made with Hennef about a possible agreement in October 1980 and within a year the formal agreement was signed.[126] Two roads in Banbury (Hennef Way and Ermont Way) have been named after the two towns. Likewise a former Railway station square in Hennef has been named Banburyplatz.
Germany Planegg, Germany[127]
France Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe, France (1990)[9]
France Falaise, France (1973)
Germany Leichlingen, Germany (1979)[128]
Somalia Borama, Somalia (1981)[129]

Rutland[edit]

Shropshire[edit]

France Thiers, Puy-de-Dôme, France
Germany Schrobenhausen, Germany
France La Ferté-Macé, Orne, France
Wales Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Italy San Pietro in Cariano, Veneto, Italy
France Cysoing, Nord, France
France Combs-la-Ville, France
France Machecoul, France
Netherlands Zutphen, Netherlands
France Châtenay-Malabry, France

Somerset[edit]

France Aix-en-Provence, France[9][138]
Netherlands Alkmaar, Netherlands[138]
Germany Braunschweig, Germany[138]
Hungary Kaposvár, Hungary[138]
Japan Beppu, Ōita Prefecture, Japan[138]
Germany Homberg, Efze, Germany
France La Ciotat, France
Malta Marsa, Malta
Czech Republic Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic

South Yorkshire[edit]

Ukraine Horlivka, Ukraine[140]
Germany Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany[140]
France Avion, France
China Dandong, China
Poland Gliwice, Poland
Germany Herten, Germany
United States Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Staffordshire[edit]

Germany Datteln, Germany[142]
United States Western Springs, Illinois, USA
France Saint-Pryvé-Saint-Mesmin, near Orleans, France
Italy Este, Italy.
Germany Limburg an der Lahn, Germany
France Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France
France Ablon-sur-Seine, France[146]
France Belfort, France[147] [148]
Germany Dreieich, Germany[148]
Poland Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland[148]
United States Stafford, Virginia, USA[148]
Spain Tarragona, Spain[148]
Germany Bad Laasphe, Germany
Australia Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
France Vaujours, France

Suffolk[edit]

France Arras, France (1993)[150]

Surrey[edit]

France Chantilly, France (1995)[151]

Tyne and Wear[edit]

Japan Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan (1991)[152]
France Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, France (1974)[153]
United States Atlanta, Georgia, United States (1977)[154]
Norway Bergen, Norway (1968)[154]
Germany Gelsenkirchen, Germany (1947)[154]
Netherlands Groningen, Netherlands (1946)[154]
Israel Haifa, Israel (1988)[154]
France Nancy, France (1954)[154]
Australia Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (1987)[154]
Germany Essen, Germany (1949)[155]
France Saint-Nazaire, France (1953)[155]

Warwickshire[edit]

West Midlands[edit]

Scotland Fort William, Scotland[156][157][158]
China Changzhou, China
France Cholet, France
Germany Main-Taunus-Kreis, Germany.
France Drancy, France

West Sussex[edit]

France Bondues, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Germany Traunstein, Bavaria, Germany

West Yorkshire[edit]

Republic of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Pakistan Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany
France Roubaix, France
North Macedonia Skopje, North Macedonia
Belgium Verviers, Belgium
Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic
Germany Dortmund, Germany
South Africa Durban, South Africa
China Hangzhou, China
France Lille, France
Germany Siegen, Germany
Germany Hamm, Germany
Germany Alfeld (Leine), Germany (1958)[165]
Russia Belgorod, Russia (1991)[165]
France Castres, France (1953)[165]
Germany Castrop-Rauxel, Germany (1949)[165]
Spain Girona, Spain (1990)[165]
France Hénin-Beaumont, France (1972)[165]
Germany Herne, Germany (1956)[165]
Poland Konin, Poland (1996)[165]

Wiltshire[edit]

Worcestershire[edit]

Notes[edit]

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