England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland or collectively known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has an abundance of amazing cities and landscapes to fulfill any trip. From bustling cosmopolitan cities to quiet Coastal towns, amazing lakes to high snow peaked mountains, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Visit some of the most amazing UNESCO world heritage sights and take in the atmosphere from some of the best Music venues and concerts available. If you are looking to visit a country that has it all, surely the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has to on your list.
The Shetland Isles lie 600 miles (960km) north of London. More than a hundred islands, just 15 of them inhabited, span the hundred miles (145km) between Fair Isle and Out Stack, the northernmost point of Britain. In the past Shetlanders’ lives were bound to the ocean. Most men became fishermen, seafarers or whalers. Hardship & frequent loss of life at sea made Shetlanders self-sufficient & close-knit people. Those qualities endure in the community to this day
The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Sea birds can be seen off the coast around the Causeway, with species such as fulmar, petrel and razorbill. Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.
Liverpool, the city has a glorious maritime history, a world famous musical heritage, two of the Premiership’s biggest football teams, two magnificent Cathedrals, a wealth of world heritage sites, the most famous ferry in the world, first class shopping and entertainment and a warm, friendly welcome, what more could you ask for? There is so much to do in and around Liverpool that it makes for a great day away or even better a few days away
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of Scotland, close to the town of Fort William and is affectionately known as ‘The Ben.’ or climbers and mountaineers the main attraction lies in the 700-metre (2,300 ft) high cliffs of the north face. Among the highest cliffs in the United Kingdom, they harbour some of the best scrambles and rock climbs at all levels of difficulty, and are one of the principal locations in the UK for ice climbing.
Conwy Castle, with its eight towers, is one of the most impressive castles in Wales. It overlooks the Conwy estuary and one of the finest examples of a medieval walled town in Europe. The views from the battlements are breathtaking looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the castles 125ft Great Hall. It is from these battlements that visitors can best appreciate Conwy’s other great glory, its ring of town walls. Conwy is the classic walled town. Its circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, is one of the finest in the World.
Bath has been listed as a ‘Cultural Site’ with outstanding universal and cultural significance by UNESCO since 1987. It is the only destination in the UK to have the whole city designated a ‘World Heritage Site’. Explore the history behind the city’s spa culture by discovering the 2,000 year old Roman Baths, filled with ancient mystical artifacts and thermal water that still steams today. One of the best things about Bath is that the city’s three main attractions, the Roman Baths, the Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Bridge, are all within walking distance of each other.
The Cotswolds area is one of England’s favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting. In summer time, the Cotswolds offers fantastic walking and cycling, beautiful gardens, bustling farmers’ markets and a delightful cafe culture. The Cotswolds is home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous towns and villages in England. Beautiful villages such as Snowshill and Painswick nestle in the Cotswold Hills, sure to delight any visitor. Historical market towns such as Cirencester, Tetbury, Stroud and Tewkesbury offer excellent local shopping with thriving markets bursting with local produce. For those visitors looking to enjoy the coutryside from a more urban base the larger towns of Gloucester, with its historic waterfront, and Regency Cheltenham Spa offers impressive architecture, stylish shopping and world-class horse racing.
The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains. Historically split between Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, the Lake District is now entirely in Cumbria. All the land in England higher than three thousand feet (914.4 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest lakes in England, Wastwater and Windermere.
Edinburgh. Past and present collide in Edinburgh & The Lothians. Visit and you’ll find a wonderfully-balanced combination of energy and heritage in the capital city of Edinburgh, regularly voted a must-visit destination, and the serenely rolling countryside and stunning coastline of the Lothians. Expect history, world-famous cultural landmarks, outstanding green spaces, an abundance of wildlife and sumptuous food and drink. Edinburgh & The Lothians certainly ticks all the boxes!
London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, 30 St Mary Axe (“The Gherkin”), St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions including the British Museum, National Gallery, British Library, Wimbledon and 40 theatres. London’s Chinatown is the largest in Europe.
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