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Attractions in the United Kingdom

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Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales – three countries on one island and several small islands. The United Kingdom (UK) combines Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland with England, Scotland and Wales.

The capital of the UK is London.

There are 69 official cities in the UK – 51 in England, six in Wales, seven in Scotland and five in Northern Ireland. In the UK a city is created by a charter granted by the monarch establishing a municipality as a city – a system first established in the middle ages. UK cities usually have a cathedral.

The longest river in the UK is the Severn (354km) which rises in Wales and flows through England to its estuary in the Bristol Channel.

The highest peak is Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,345 metres).

Poole on the south coast of England is the UK’s largest natural harbour and second largest in the world (Sydney in Australia is the largest).

The Bristol channel on the west coast of England has the UK’s longest tidal reach, 14.5 metres (48ft) and second longest in the world to Canada’s Bay of Fundy. The river Severn has the third highest tidal range in the world, after the Bay of Fundy and Ungava Bay in the Hudson straits. People travel from all over to surf the Severn’s river Bore: a tidal wave that travels along the river.

There are more than 2,500 museums in the UK and many of them are completely free to visit.

Attractions in England

Attractions in England

Attractions in Scotland

Attractions in Scotland

Attractions in Wales

Attractions in Wales

Attractions in N.Ireland

Attractions in N. Ireland

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