The United Kingdom is a relatively small group of islands but like New Zealand it offers a great diversity in landscapes, cultures and history. The people of the UK are passionate about their four individual nations. The kingdom is composed of Northern Ireland, which borders independent Republic of Ireland island, and Britain which includes the countries England, Wales and Scotland. There is also many smaller outlying islands, which are nice holiday destinations, such as the Isle of Man, found in the Irish Sea. Offering so much to see and do, the UK is one for every travellers bucket list.
Where to stayWhen visiting the UK it is important to get good accommodation. Having a base to explore the various regions, means you will only need one or two rentals during your stay. Be mindful of what you want to get out of your trip. If you only want to see London, then find a holiday apartment in the centre of the city, this will give you the best access to the attractions. If you would like to see more of the UK, look for rentals in the north, where there are more cities closer together. Those looking to go to holiday destinations, such as Cornwall, Devon and the Highlands should take the opportunity to try a beautiful holiday cottage. These are typical rentals for a real British holiday. Cottages in the UK are usually found in rural areas, but as the country is relatively small, a city is usually never more than an hour’s drive away.
- The Beatles found fame in their home city of Liverpool, UK, before becoming one of the most famous pop bands ever seen.
- The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, was born in the UK,
- Almost Contrary to popular belief that Big Ben refers to the world famous clock, it is actually the name of the thirteen ton bell. The tower itself is known as St. Stephen’s Tower.
- Britain's most popular chocolate bar, the Dairy Milk Today, is sold to 30 countries. Five hundred million are produced each year.
An overview of exploring the UK
EnglandAsk most people about England or the UK and the first thing they will reply is London! The capital of England is a hugely influential world city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth. Offering an amazing amount of cultural and historic sights, almost all visitors to the UK will end up spending some of their time in the capital. Attractions include including the Tower Bridge, London Eye, The Tower of London, Madame Tussauds and Oxford Street. It is impossible to do London in just a few days, even after months people are still discovering new places. England offers far more than just London though however, other famous cities around the country include Bristol, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool to be explored. Each region of the country offers its own unique culture, history and accent. The English countryside is also particularly famous, and throws up some of the best scenery in Europe! The county of Yorkshire is great for a rural excursion and was voted one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, activities include walking, camping and fishing there! Furthermore England is home to many National Parks are including the Peak District and the Lake District.
Wales is the smallest but perhaps prettiest country in Great Britain. Fantastic coastline, rugged hills and valleys and bright up-and-coming cities offers visitors to Wales a great range of attractions. Its capital Cardiff is the country’s most popular destination, a great student city, it was recently voted the best place in the UK to live for a young person. It has many attractions including Millennium Stadium where the Welsh rugby team play, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay and St David’s Hall. Cardiff is just one of the rejuvenated cities found on the South Wales coast, Swansea and Newport are also worth a visit. For a nice beach trip check out the seaside towns of Tenby and Barry to the west of Cardiff and Swansea. North Wales is home to the UK’s smallest city Bangor, which along with the other coastal towns of Conway, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno, offers a typically British seaside town experience. Inland Wales is very rural and it is here that you get some of the beast beauty. Snowdonia National Park in North-West Wales offers some of the UK’s best countryside .
Scotland is home to the UK’s second most visited city, Edinburgh, which is the country’s capital, the country is also home to other historic city’s and some of the finest rural landscapes in Europe.Edinburgh attracts over 5 million tourists a year, keen to see the city’s picturesque streets, amazing castle and historic Royal Mile. Ben Nevis is the UK’s tallest mountain and is popular with hikers who come from all over the British isles. Glasgow is also a popular tourist destination and Scotland’s best art galleries and museums can be found in the city, the city is regenerating and is at the forefront of much of Scottish popular culture. Other must-sees include whiskey distilleries, The Highlands, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye.
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland is becomingly increasingly popular as a tourist destination, and this is epitomized by the resurgence of its capital Belfast. One key attraction is the recently opened Titanic Belfast museum which tells the story of the Titanic beginnings and subsequent doomed voyage to America. The ship was built in the city and the museum has proved popular since it has opened. Derry is also a popular spot. This city has a strong heritage and its history has been intertwined by some defining moments in Northern Ireland’s recent history. Not only is the city beautiful and a great mix of Irish and British life, it is also a great base to have when discovering one of United Kingdom most iconic natural attractions the Giants Causeway .The natural phenomenon is about 40 miles away on the north coast of the country!