Learn About the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is a place of infinite diversity, from the legendary megalithic structures of Stonehenge to old fortresses and castles, and from modern exciting cities to tranquil traditional villages, combined with some of the most charming green landscapes in the world, a great deal of it open to explore.
The United Kingdom is one of the most influential and developed countries in Europe; it is also a top tourist destination in the world. It is and has been for a long time a world economic power, the birthplace of the industrial revolution and home of many key inventors. It also inherits one of the richest and most diverse cultures of the world; it created a colonial empire that spread to the four corners of the Earth and influenced much of the world as we know it today.
Great Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales; whilst the United Kingdom further includes Northern Ireland. As a tourist destination, this is the place of infinite diversity, from the legendary megalithic structures of Stonehenge to old fortresses and castles, and from modern exciting cities to tranquil traditional villages, combined with some of the most charming green landscapes in the world, a great deal of it open to explore.
The most popular destinations within Great Britain are the cities and there are plenty worth visiting, starting of course with London, one of the most loved cities in the world. Seeing London is a unique experience, discovering the history and culture of this millennial city. There are too many attractions and landmarks in London to name them all, but the most important and interesting include the Parliament Building, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, London Bridge, British Museum, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, St. James Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Garden, but there are many others. You can easily get around the city using the efficient and reasonably priced Underground train system.
Many other British cities are attractive, including Birmingham and its old industrial heritage, Manchester the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Liverpool with its vibrant world-famous culture, Edinburgh the capital of Scotland with its old castles and cathedrals, and on the south coast you must visit Brighton, the archetypal English seaside town and hangout of the fashionable young.
Beyond the major cities, Great Britain has a tremendous amount to offer, with no less than 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a combination of unforgettable landscapes throughout the territory. The rolling green hills and dry-stone walls that best describe the countryside are definitely a symbol. There are also small towns and villages that feature a rich historical heritage, with old castles and fortresses, including such destinations as Bath, Norwich, Windsor, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, York and many others.
But maybe the most famous and visited landmark is Stonehenge, 2 miles from Amesbury, a Neolithic and Bronze Age complex of monuments that has inspired travelers for centuries.
Nature is also outstanding in Great Britain, with some amazing destinations and attractions, from the surreal landscape of Giant's Causeway (located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland) to the dramatic and charming hills and forests of the Yorkshire Dales, from the rugged and wild coast to the mysterious Loch Ness lake crossing Scotland, or the fairytale lands of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, and not least the beautiful walkers' paradise that is the Lake District... there are plenty of things to discover.
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