Incredible Variety in Landscapes
United Kingdom’s forces of nature – ice, wind and seas have combined very well to give this relatively smaller island kingdom a vast array of landscapes. Best part is that all of these are located at a relatively shorter distance from one another. Nowhere in the UK is ever more than 2 hours from the sea. You can find the wild heaths, exquisite lakes, lovely valleys and streams, ranges of majestic hills, towering mountains and rolling farmlands.
The Great Cities and Towns
There is no truth hidden when we say that one of the greatest cities of the world is London. However, believe us when we add to it that it is just the tip of the iceberg. The towns and cities of London have a lot to offer for the visitors. Right from the medieval passageways of York to the incredible art scenes of Glasgow; Indie and hip scene of Manchester to the lip smacking Balti food of Birmingham and dreaming spires of Oxford to the attractions of United Kingdom, there is so much to see along with an array of things to do that you’ll never have a dull day in UK. Besides this, beautiful Edinburgh Castle towers the vibrant capital of Scotland and the history of Liverpool besides Mersey is the talk of the town.
The Multi-Layered Great British History
Right from the prehistoric Picts, Britons, Celts and Gaels through Normans, Vikings and Romans, wave after wave, the migrants and conquerors have played a significant role in shaping the United Kingdom. Most of them have even left back fascinating traces for the visitors to explore.
The Great British Pub
Some of the most notable British pubs are more than just places to eat and drink. They are rather the landmarks of continuity which have been present on the same spot for several hundreds of years. The very names of the pubs tell their stories and are often linked to the customs, local history, wars and outlaws. Other highlight of these pubs is their architecture. Be it built of brick, half-timbered or thatch-roofed, each of them adds a unique character to their villages. However, not all pubs are same or equal. Some of them can be really dreadful especially if you aren’t a local. Make sure you check the reviews online before you head to any pub to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of United Kingdom.
Great World Class Festivals and Events
Some of the greatest set piece events of the world draw a number of visitors to the UK on annual basis. When it comes to England, everything just comes to a standstill for a fortnight during the Wimbledon which is the tennis's biggest grand slam tournament. On the other hand, when it comes to Scotland, during the entire month of August everything seems to be on the go 24/7. Thousands of guest reel from one event to the other during the time of the Edinburgh Festivals which is said to be the biggest performing arts party in the UK.
Great Traditions and Eccentricities
The British are actually the masters of wacky and weird. Right from fireball whirling in Scotland, hobby horses terrorizing villages on May Day, cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, Morris Men dancing and banging sticks, there is an array of phenomenal eccentric cultures and traditions prominent all across the British Isles. Most of these have also lost origins in antiquity.
Great Storybook Architecture
Stately mansions, thatched cottages, stately mansions and the soaring cathedrals – the UK has it all. Chester’s half-timbered streets look as if straight out of Disney but they are old and as real as it could get.
The Greatest Names in Literature
Visitors coming to the UK regularly make literary pilgrimages when it comes to the search of towns, villages and landscapes that has inspired the classic artists as well as the authors of the English language. From William Wordsworth to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Robert Burns and Jane Austen, each one of them have brilliantly contributed to the English literature.
The World's Greatest Gardens and Gardeners
Ever since the 17th century, the lady and gentleman horticulturalists of the British Empire have gone ahead and explored the distinct exotic locales to bring back the unusual plant species. This has very well contributed in the magnificence of the UK.
The Great British Royals
It is next to impossible for anyone to forget that the United Kingdom is a monarchy however the power of the Royal Family is only symbolic today. Not many notice but monarchy is the very part of the name of the county. You can love them or hate them, and in Britain you’ll find both sets of opinions on the same, sometimes even uttered in the same sentence. Monarchy is indeed woven in fabric of life here. The comings and goings, the events and the palaces, everything depicts royalty in some form or the other for the visitors or the locals to experience.