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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

St. Paul\'s Cathedral featuring street scenes, a city and religious aspects
London
Known for Museums, Theaters and Historical Buildings

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Reasons to visit

  • London Eye
    London Eye
  • The Shard
    The Shard
  • Buckingham Palace
    Buckingham Palace
Victoria Square featuring a square or plaza, flowers and heritage architecture
Birmingham
Known for Dining, Bars and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Symphony Hall
    Symphony Hall
  • International Convention Centre
    International Convention Centre
  • The Mailbox
    The Mailbox
Royal Liver Building showing a city and heritage architecture
Liverpool
Known for Friendly People, Bars and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Albert Dock
    Albert Dock
  • Royal Liver Building
    Royal Liver Building
  • Beatles Story
    Beatles Story
The SSE Hydro showing night scenes and mist or fog
Glasgow
Known for Shopping, Theaters and Live Music

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Reasons to visit

  • The SSE Hydro
    The SSE Hydro
  • University of Glasgow
    University of Glasgow
  • Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
    Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
St Fagans which includes street scenes and shopping as well as a small group of people
Cardiff
Known for Friendly People, Shopping and Historical Buildings

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Reasons to visit

  • Principality Stadium
    Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff Castle
    Cardiff Castle
  • Cardiff Bay
    Cardiff Bay
St. Peter\\\'s Square which includes railway items, a square or plaza and heritage architecture
Manchester
Known for Friendly People, Shopping and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Old Trafford
    Old Trafford
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    Museum of Science and Industry
  • Manchester Art Gallery
    Manchester Art Gallery

Popular places to visit in United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

London Eye
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London Eye

Climb aboard this observation wheel for the best bird’s-eye view of the British capital. 

The British Museum
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The British Museum

Originally created as a “cabinet of curiosities,” Britain’s oldest museum has grown into a treasure house of humanity’s greatest achievements.

Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge

An engineering marvel, this London icon spans both the River Thames and the ages.

Trafalgar Square
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Trafalgar Square

London’s great meeting place and the “front yard” of the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields church. 

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.