Introducing the country
The island nation of the UK is a historically rich and pleasantly green country, with plenty of traditional towns, rolling hills and buzzing cities. Quaint traditions like the changing of the guard at...
The island nation of the UK is a historically rich and pleasantly green country, with plenty of traditional towns, rolling hills and buzzing cities. Quaint traditions like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch in old-fashioned pubs prevail, but there's also a vibrant student scene plus Tolkien-worthy natural scenery.
Home to 64 million residents, the UK is split in four countries - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - and is bordered by Ireland. The scenery is diverse; from the mountain peaks of the Scottish highlands to the quirky surf spots in picturesque Cornwall. In between are several spectacular national parks including the Lake and Peak Districts.
Those seeking some of the world's best nightlife, shopping and museums should head for London, the capital, although cosmopolitan northern hubs like Manchester and Liverpool also have plenty of after hours options. For iconic spires and ancient buildings try the university cities of Oxford or Cambridge, home to canals, petite pubs and ornate colleges.
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Best way to get around
The UK's rail network spans the nation and offers beautiful views.
Explore cities and country paths on foot.
Hop on a local bus - some offer all night services.