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United Kingdom

Travel Guide
St. Paul\'s Cathedral featuring street scenes, a city and religious aspects

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 featuring a city, a skyscraper and night scenes
London
Known for Museums, Theaters and Entertainment
Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and Abbey Road; every corner in London has a tale to tell.

Reasons to visit

  • London Eye
  • The Shard
  • Buckingham Palace
Victoria Square featuring a square or plaza, flowers and heritage architecture
Birmingham
Known for Friendly People, Dining and Poolside Bars
The second-largest city in the U.K. is known for its museums and shopping, canals, food and music.

Reasons to visit

  • Symphony Hall
  • International Convention Centre
  • Birmingham Hippodrome
Arthur\\\'s Seat which includes heritage architecture, a sunset and a city
Edinburgh
Known for Castles, Shopping and Tours
Scotland’s capital is filled with attractive landmarks, parks and gardens, and hosts cultural festivals that draw millions of visitors each year.

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
Thanks to some of Britain’s best bands, exciting museums and a rich maritime history, this compact northern city is one of England’s finest cultural destinations.

Reasons to visit

  • Royal Liver Building
  • Albert Dock
  • Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal
The SSE Hydro showing night scenes and mist or fog
Glasgow
Known for Friendly People, Shopping and Theaters
Experience the museums, art, and bars in Glasgow!

Reasons to visit

  • The SSE Hydro
  • University of Glasgow
  • Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
Cardiff showing a city, street scenes and night scenes
Cardiff
Known for Friendly People, Shopping and Castles
The capital of Wales is a lively port city, home to medieval castles, pristine parks, modern sporting arenas and a sparkling waterfront entertainment district.

Reasons to visit

  • Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Cardiff Castle

Popular places to visit in United Kingdom

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