An Introduction To The United Kingdom
Four Nations With So Much To Offer...
Visiting the United Kingdom gives you variety at every turn as whether it’s the iconic cities, the landmarks and their history and heritage or the beautiful countryside, the rugged coastline, the inspiring peaks, the ancient woodland, the vast moors and then all the activities within – there will always be something for you to enjoy.
The United Kingdom is divided into four very different nations – England – the home of Shakespeare, Sherlock Homes and football. Scotland – for Edinburgh, the Lochs, the Highlands and its finest export – Whisky. Northern Ireland for Giants Causeway and the Titanic Visitor Attraction. Wales for the Celtic Welsh language, the rugged coastline and national parks, Tom Jones and rugby.
Each nation offers the visitor something truly special.
The best way to explore the UK is out on the open road allowing you to head off the beaten path and discover hidden coves and pretty little welcoming villages.
The train services are pretty good throughout the country if a little expensive particularly in London and the South East.
The bus network is wide and on the whole excellent in the main cities although in some of the outlying villages and in the country they are infrequent hence why the freedom of car hire is recommended.
Cycling is very popular in the main cities where cycling lanes are becoming more usual or out in the country which is popular for those seeking adventure health and activities.
Regional flights are common from the 20+ airports dotted around the United Kingdom. As always the earlier you book the better the prices.
12 Top Sights & Attractions...
When visiting the UK a visit to London is a must with a wealth of attractions for all. The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and a number of world class museums of different interests.
A beautiful city with at its heart Edinburgh Castle and then the Old Town’s Royal Mile with its fine architecture, boutique shops, cafés, restaurants, and art galleries, plus Holyrood house and Princes Street for the shopping.
The mountains of the Snowdonia are a popular attraction for those seeking nature and hiking. The mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the park’s estuaries, lakes, rivers, slate mines and villages.
Belfast & The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Famous all around the world for its columns of layered basalt, the Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture, this beautiful city has been luring visitors to its healing waters for more than 2,000 years.
The medieval city of Salisbury has one of the countries most iconic cathedrals and then 12 miles out of town the World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge.
Home to Windsor castle which is one of the finest royal castles the town also has beautiful gardens, top shopping, the Thames walks and is not far from Royal Ascot, one of the UKs top horse racing courses.
The Cotswolds and Lake District, England
The Cotswolds provide visitors with a true taste of rural English life and is ideal for hiking, walking and biking. The Lake District National Park is an area with 12 of the country’s largest lakes and again a great place to explore and hike including Scafell Pike – the tallest mountain in England.
York and its Minster, England
York Minster is one of the UKs oldest and most celebrated churches while visitors can also explore the ancient city walls and a town famous for its welcoming tearooms and restaurants.
The University Towns of Cambridge & Oxford, England
The two most famous university towns in England are Cambridge and Oxford. Each has plenty of attractions and a rivalry in the annual boat race held on the Thames every spring
Liverpool and Manchester, England
The North West of the UK gives us two cities that are an ideal gateway to the North and Scotland. Manchester is popular for its well-preserved Victorian houses, canals, and Roman ruins, as well as the many old warehouses now serving as trendy shops, hotels, and restaurants. Liverpool offers cultural sights and through its association with the Beatles an opportunity for 60’s music lovers to visit the famous Cavern Club. Both cities also come with a fine history of football success.
just an hour from London, Canterbury has been a draw for pilgrims for more than 1,500 years. The pedestrianised centre of the town with its many preserved, historic, timber-framed buildings and the Canterbury Tales where you can uncover the life of the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer