United Kingdom

Travel Guide
St. Paul\'s Cathedral which includes street scenes, religious elements and a city
The land of long-held traditions packs a lot into a small space, including a famous metropolis and scenic landscapes, from the cliffs of Dover to remote Scottish isles.

The United Kingdom, composed of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is really four countries in one. Each country has its own unique atmosphere and culture. Journey to England to see the home of the Queen, visit Scotland for its rugged highlands, go castle-hopping in the Welsh hills and discover the story of a famously ill-fated ocean liner in the Northern Irish shipyard where it was constructed.

Visit London, the nation’s capital, to discover a fast-paced world of booming business and instantly recognizable attractions such as Buckingham Palace. Take a spin on the London Eye Ferris wheel overlooking Big Ben, walk along Southbank to listen to street performers and watch boats cruise by on the Thames. Go shopping in Covent Garden and see a musical or play in the West End.

To the north of England is Scotland, known for its friendly locals, delicious whisky and incredible scenery. Explore the former royal residence of Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the country’s capital, Edinburgh, and immerse yourself in the art and music scene of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. In the winter, take a trip to the north of Scotland’s mountainous region for thrilling skiing in Glencoe.

Wales occupies the westernmost portion of the island of Great Britain and is a playground for nature lovers. Go hiking in national parks such as Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast. Signs may be in both Welsh and English, with Welsh dominating in northern Wales and English being more popular in the south.

A trip to the United Kingdom isn’t complete without exploring Northern Ireland. Visit the Titanic Experience in the capital of Belfast to learn more about the cruise vessel that tragically sunk after hitting an iceberg in 1912.

To get to the U.K., fly into any of the country’s international airports. London is home to several airports, though other cities, including Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol, also have international airports of their own.

After exploring the mainland, head to one of the smaller offshore islands such as the Isle of Wight for unparalleled natural beauty and remote wilderness.

Popular cities in United Kingdom

London which includes skyline, a city and a high-rise building
London
Known for Museums, Theatres and Historical
One of the elite few that can legitimately call itself a global city, London is rich in history, packed with places of interest and truly somewhere where there is a story to discover around almost every corner.

Reasons to visit

  • London Eye
  • The Shard
  • London Bridge
Victoria Square which includes a city, a square or plaza and flowers
Birmingham
Known for Dining, Poolside bars and Shopping
Birmingham, the second largest city in Britain, is known for its museums, shops, canals, fine food and music. The concert venues attract some of the biggest bands from around the world, just like the shopping, art exhibitions, curry houses and chocolate factory attract the visitors.

Reasons to visit

  • Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Symphony Hall
  • Library of Birmingham
Arthur\'s Seat which includes views, a city and a sunset
Edinburgh
Known for Historical, Castle and Tours
The ‘Athens of the North’ is an excellent choice for a traveller seeking variety. Edinburgh is a bustling city, full of history, with countryside tranquillity on its doorstep.

Reasons to visit

  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre
  • National Gallery of Scotland
Royal Liver Building showing a city and heritage architecture
Liverpool
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Shopping
Home to some of the biggest and best British bands in history, top museums and with a rich maritime history, this compact northern English city is one of Britain’s finest cultural destinations.

Reasons to visit

  • Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Royal Liver Building
Cardiff which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes
Cardiff
Known for Friendly people, Shopping and Historical
Cardiff is a young capital, the capital of Wales since only 1955, and it is a city with all the energy, vibrancy and vigour of the young. Since the new millennium regeneration projects have seen Cardiff emerge as one of the most exciting cities in Britain. There is no end of swish eating out choices, plenty of places to enjoy a night out, impressive sporting stadiums hosting world class events, shopping options from sleek contemporary malls to beautifully decorated Victorian arcades and, of course, there’s the ultramodern waterfront development and the ancient castle as well.

Reasons to visit

  • Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Cardiff Castle
The SSE Hydro featuring mist or fog and night scenes
Glasgow
Known for Shopping, Theatres and Live music
Experience the museums, art and bars in Glasgow!

Reasons to visit

  • OVO Hydro
  • University of Glasgow
  • Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Popular places to visit in United Kingdom

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