England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales
Until recently United Kingdom was generally thought of as a gentle, fabled land freeze-framed sometime in the 1930s, home of the post office, country pub and vicarage. It's now better known for vibrant cities with wonderful restaurants, nightlife and attractions, contrasted with green and pleasant countryside.
The UK is an incredible destination with historic monuments to world-class museums, great cities where you can shop to your heart's content and a staggeringly beautiful countryside, there's more than enough to keep you entertained here.
The UK is relatively easy to get around as well, with most sights, cities and adventures always less than a day's drive away.
England, Scotland & Wales all have rich histories and there are hundreds of sites across the countries that simply should not be missed. There are the obvious favorites like Stonhenge and Hadrian's Wall (which has a National Trail all the way along it for the active!), and these are certainly well worth a visit. There are a huge amount of other sites however, from fine country houses like Chatsworth (which is the setting for the new film of Pride and Predjudice),to lesser-known prehistoric sites like the barrow at Wayland's Smithy on the Ridgeway. Contact the English Heritage and The National Trust to find out more.
London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. An important settlement for nearly two millennia, London is an international leader in finance, and its involvement in business , politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
London is also one of the largest and most populated cities of Europe. Its population is very cosmopolitan, drawing from a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages. Residents of London are referred to as Londoners.
The City is an international transport hub and a popular tourist destination, counting iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace amongst its many attractions, along with famous institutions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.
Busy urban areas sit comfortably alongside traditional rural areas, and the whole place is brimming with sites of heritage and historical significance. From hiking along the Downs following the pilgrims path to Canterbury, to racing superbikes at Brands Hatch, there is a whole spectrum of sights and experiences to turn into memories you will cherish forever.
Whether you're looking for action and adventure, or to relax and escape from it all, you're sure to find it within easy reach of the capital.
Close to mainland Europe, it benefits the continental influence, yet retains the quintissential UK atmosphere.