The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles. This Union is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It occupies all of the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the remaining British Isles.
The UK today is a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures, possessing a fascinating history and dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential in the wider world. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, the UK is still a popular destination for many travellers. The capital and largest city of the United Kingdom is London.
Attractions in United Kingdom
- Although most if not all visitors will probably visit London at some point, it is well worth getting out of the capital to get a real taste of the region and important to not forget the diversity one can find in barely 50 miles.
- Whether it’s the countryside, coast, historic towns or vibrant cities you are after, there’s something for everyone.
- For some of the best countryside, head for the National Parks such as the Yorkshire Dales or Dartmoor, perhaps on a day trip or a longer stay.
- The coasts are varied and interesting with pretty beaches at places such as St Ives, traditional fishing towns like Whitby or seaside resorts such as Blackpool and Bournemouth.
- Many of the cityscapes that were not destroyed by the Luftwaffe have suffered the urban blight of multi-storey car parks and the sort of insensitive shopping mall developments that Prince Charles moans about, but some cities have managed to preserve their heritage relatively intact, such as Edinburgh, Chester, Bath and York.
- Shoppers looking beyond the capital may want to head to Manchester in the North, Bristol and Exeter in the West or Glasgow in Scotland.
Destinations in United kingdom
- London – the world-renowned capital city of the United Kingdom
- Belfast – capital of Northern Ireland and becoming a popular tourist destination, undergoing major renovations and improvements
- Birmingham – The UK’s second largest city, features great shopping, and is home of the famous Balti and a strong industrial heritage
- Bristol – a historical city famed for its Georgian architecture and nautical heritage, home of trip-hop music too
- Cardiff – capital of Wales, host to a proud coal-shipping past, modern architecture, Dr. Who and one of the most successful urban regeneration projects in the country
- Edinburgh – capital of Scotland, home to the largest arts festival in the world and numerous tourist attractions as well as being the second most visited city in the UK
- Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city, new cultural hotspot, former European City of Culture
- Liverpool – Buzzing city, famous for its prominence in music, sport, nightlife and Irish influence. Capital of Culture 2008.
- Manchester – Thriving bohemian music scene, gay quarter and home to the world’s only new work arts festival as well as being the third most visited city in the UK.