The United Kingdom today is known for an incredible diversity of native and immigrant cultures, possessing a fascinating history and dynamic modern culture. As a result tourist can find an incredible array of attraction, parks and monuments like Roman villas, medieval cathedrals and civic projects of the Industrial Revolution. The most popular attractions and landmarks are:
Edinburgh Castle is a magnificently situated royal fortress located on one of the highest points in the city. The castle has been continuously in use for 1000 years and is in excellent condition.
Stonehenge is an ancient stone circle located near the cathedral city of Salisbury.
The Georgian architecture and Roman baths in Bath.
York Minster Cathedral in the historic city of York.
Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the head of the Church of England.
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, is home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The ancient and world-renowned universities of Oxford and Cambridge
The Giant's Causeway 97km from Belfast on the north coast of Northern Ireland is a World Heritage site and a natural wonder.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to three of the most important ships ever built and 800 years of naval history.
From the bright red double-decker buses to Buckingham Palace and its trademark guards; from London Bridge to Shakespeare, when we think of Britain our minds are flooded with images that are both royal and rowdy. Historic Britain offers visitors a plethora of attractions, including museums, churches, palaces, theatre, festivals, soccer games, and a charming and welcoming countryside. London is the capital and is truly the focal point of all Britain. Its bustling streets, trendy shops, and grand buildings keep visitors going all day and into the night.
The United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It occupies the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the remaining British Isles. England accounts for just over half of the total area of the UK.
Things to know about United Kingdom Vacations
Currency: British pound
Electricity: 240 volts AC at 50HZ. Appliances generally use standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.
Time Zone: GMT. Daylight savings time is applied.
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Land size: 241,590 km2
Language: English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and Scottish Gaelic
Population: 60,000,000 approx
Religion: Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1%
A valid passport and a return or onward ticket required.
A valid driver's license from Canada is accepted. An International Driving Permit is recommended.
United Kingdom Vacation Tips
If you want to visit a number of sights during a short stay, The London Pass gives you free entry to over 50 attractions within the city, as well as free travel on all public transport. The card is available from tourist offices.
In general tipping is not compulsory but is appreciated, 10% being the standard tipping rate. The exception is restaurants where a 10%-20% service charge may be added to the bill.
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