United Kingdom

Big Ben in LondonBig Ben in LondonThe United Kingdom (UK) is an island country situated in the North West of Europe surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Irish Sea and the English Channel. The UK is a European Union member state and has a constitutional monarchy. The country is diverse and unique and has much history and culture.
English and Welsh are the UK's official languages with English being most widely spoken.

England

Almost one hundred thousand visitors flock to London, the UK's capital city, every day. It is an important historical and political city with famous sites such as Buckingham Palace, the official home to Queen Elizabeth II and The London Eye, the largest  wheel in Europe. Other major attractions in London include; The Tower of London known for its historical prisoners, Westminster Palace with its world recognized clock tower Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussauds the wax work museum and the London Zoo. London is also famous for the River Thames which travels through the city, and its West End Shows where many renowned actors and actresses take to the stage.    

Southern England

Southern England has some dramatic coastlines and wonderful beaches. Popular tourist destinations include the South West counties of Cornwall and Devon, famous for their coasts, beaches and their local history of smuggling.
Visitors to the South East can enjoy the popular and cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton with its many sites including the Royal Pavilion, the pier, clubs and bars, shops and restaurants and the nearby South Downs countryside.
If you fancy a visit offthe mainland you can travel by ferry, catamaran or hovercraft across The Solent to visit the Isle of Wight. The island is popular with visitors for its unspoiled scenery, sandy beaches and water sports including sailing and yachting.

Stratford Upon AvonStratford Upon AvonIn the Heart of England, you can visit Stratford-upon-Avon also known as ‘Shakespeare Country'. Beautiful countryside surrounds the historic town, which has many attractions, including the houses of Shakespeare himself. You can also enjoy the Royal Shakespeare Company's latest adaptations at The Courtyard Theater, guaranteed to be a memorable experience.   

North of England

In the North of England, there are countless places for you to visit. The stunning Lake District is England's largest National Park and is home to the highest mountain in England. Other places that are worth visiting include the ancient Roman monument of Hadrian's Wall and Alnwick castle, which served as one of the settings for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. You may also wish to visit some of the metropolitan and historical cities and towns that are located in the North of England such as Manchester, Newcastle, Chester and Liverpool.

Scotland

Ben NevisBen NevisScotland borders England and is at the most Northern part of the UK. Its stunning landscape reflects its dramatic history.  Like the mainland, Scotland also has 790 surrounding islands.
The historical city of Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is the UK's second most visited city with Edinburgh castle being one of the many attractions.
Scotland has an impressive countryside with mountains, lochs and the famous highlands. The mountain Ben Nevis is a challenging climb, being the highest mountain in the UK and offers some outstanding views of the surrounding scenery.
Loch NessLoch NessThe Loch Ness in the highlands is a large freshwater lake, which is home to the mystical and elusive Loch Ness Monster with hundreds of monster hunters heading there to look for ‘Nessie' each year.  
The wildlife in Scotland is remarkable with whales, seals, bottle-nose dolphins, wildcats, golden eagles and puffins, to name but a few.  

Wales

Snowdon WalesSnowdon WalesThe country of Wales has a wealth of history, which is evident when you visit its many castles and fortresses.
With a varied and vivid countryside, no trip to Wales is complete without a visit to the Snowdonian mountain range in the North. In contrast to the mountains, it is also well worth visiting the cosmopolitan city of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, located in the South. Cardiff has many attractions including Marina Bay, the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle, not to mention the many shops, clubs, bars and restaurants.

As well as English, the Celtic language of Welsh is widely spoken.

Northern Ireland

Giant's CausewayGiant's CausewayNorthern Ireland has 200 kilometers of National Trust coastline with superb sandy beaches and many ‘must see' sites including Giant's Causeway, a world heritage site. Volcanic eruptions formed the basalt stone columns over 60 million years ago. Giant's Causeway is so incredible that some people still refer to it as ‘the eighth wonder of the world'.
The breathtaking countryside in Northern Ireland is rich in history with castles dating back to Norman times.
The vibrant city of Belfast has many bars, restaurants, shops, parks, gardens, museums and galleries.


Important historical figures from the UK: William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, William Wordsworth, Henry VIII, Jane Austin, Elizabeth I, Florence Nightingale, Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Charles Dickens, T.E. Lawrence, J.R.R. Tolkien.

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