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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A destination steeped in historical buildings, Royal Family heritage and picturesque green pastures, the United Kingdom and its various destinations have long been travel hotspots for tourists from around the world. Multicultural, cosmopolitan buzzing cities, and quiet, quaint villages all combine to form a tourism mega-destination. Whether it’s shopping, cultural or historical exploration, relaxation or country retreats that you desire, The United Kingdom can keep you busy for weeks, months or even longer.
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Bath is a historic town to explore west of London in the county of Somerset. A beautiful city, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city due to its considerable historic attractions. Dating back to Roman times, Bath is steeped in English history. A visit here will take you away from the city to an enchanted era.
The capital and largest city of Northern Ireland has experienced a significant turnaround since the political troubles in the 1990’s. Today, the city boasts the title as one of the UK’s safest cities, and regarded as a great, cheap quick-getaway destination. Great nightlife, shopping and family attractions make it a well-resourced tourist gateway.
For a change of scenery, a trip to Brighton in East Sussex is a breath of fresh air. A popular seaside resort town, Brighton is on the British south coast, a perfect spot to relax, explore and be entertained. Surrounded by renowned Sussex countryside, Brighton offers tourists the benefits of the city and the country, all in a picturesque waterside location. Known for its party atmosphere and cosmopolitan vibe, it is especially effervescent in Summer.
The capital city of Wales is highly regarded for its castles, museums, beautiful nearby countryside, and a great waterfront area. There’s a lot to explore for couples and families, and while there are plenty of museums and tourist centres, most enjoyment comes from exploring the city’s old-standing buildings and natural wilderness.
Officially named ‘Londonderry’, Derry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland towards the north-west of Ireland. The city was named ‘The UK City of Culture 2013’, and offers a combination of ancient and contemporary attractions. Famous for being ‘The Walled City’, in Derry you’ll find the preserved walls which aimed to protect the city from Irish chieftan invasion since 1618.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s busy and beautiful capital city, surrounded by hills and overlooking the sea. Gifted with distinct tower and castle-like architecture, and possessing a culture of education, the arts and science, Edinburgh has a medieval vibe. Picturesque and historic, Edinburgh also has a catchy energy that will uplift you. Numerous festivals and celebrations bring the city to life and the people together. It’s a city that you’ll want to explore over and over again.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and a culturally evolving town steeped in maritime history. Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and is known for its sense of fun, friendly locals, and edgy attitude. Regarded as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK (excluding London); Glasgow is also a live-music haven, a quirky-bar capital, and a foodie’s delight. With a bit of everything on its plate, Glasgow is in fierce rivalry with Edinburgh, and believes it has the best of Scotland in its borders.
With countless attractions to name, it’s a matter of what not to do when you reach this flamboyant mega-city. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the Royal Family attractions- Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, or Windsor Castle. The London Eye and Tower Bridge are perfect ways to explore the magnitude and scale of this historical city and marvel in its beauty. With trendy neighbourhoods and historic buildings, London has a variety of characters and moods. A culturally uplifting city, there are always new exhibits or performances to see.