United Kingdom

Travel Guide
St. Paul\'s Cathedral which includes street scenes, a city and religious elements

Thousands of years’ worth of history, global cities and a rich variety of landscapes are some of the biggest draws of this four-nation European destination. 

The United Kingdom packs in a lot of culture, history and scenery into its component parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Nortshern Ireland. From energetic London to the wild Scottish Highlands, from sleepy fishing villages to magnificent royal palaces and castles, there is much to see and do.

Experience the United Kingdom’s diverse natural scenery. Go hiking in the Scottish Highlands or through the valleys of Snowdonia in Wales. Enjoy a cycling tour of England’s Lake District. In Northern Ireland you can walk across the volcanic rock forms of the Giant’s Causeway.

Take your pick of fascinating historic sights. Tour Stonehenge, the prehistoric circle of giant stones that stands in Wiltshire, England. In London, visit Buckingham Palace, home to the British Royal Family since 1837. Learn about the monarchs who lost their heads at the Tower of London. In Scotland, find Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Wales offers medieval castles and the remains of Roman fortresses.

With cutting-edge theater, world-class museums and concert venues, the United Kingdom will thrill those who are in search of culture. In London, book seats for a farce or a musical in the West End or watch international artists at the O2 Arena. Enjoy hands-on activities at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Browse the extensive collections at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The Titanic Experience in Belfast is where you can learn about the historic passenger liner at the place where it was constructed. If you are in Cardiff, book tickets for a concert at the Wales Millennium Center.

If you feel like a day at the sea, the United Kingdom has many excellent beaches. Popular resorts include Blackpool in England and Sandwood Bay in Scotland. Wales has a coastal path that follows its entire coastline.

For those who want a busy nightlife, stay in the main cities such as London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff. For a quieter time, book a room in a castle or a secluded lakeside cottage.

Come to the United Kingdom for its scenic beauty, exciting cities and fascinating history.

Popular cities in United Kingdom

London showing night scenes, skyline and a skyscraper
London
From Buckingham Palace to Abbey Road, London has a rich history and culture ready and waiting to be discovered.

Reasons to visit

  • London Eye
  • Globe Theatre
  • The Shard
Victoria Square featuring heritage architecture, a city and a square or plaza
Birmingham
Britain’s second largest city is an exciting mix of museums, music, food and a vast canal network.

Reasons to visit

  • Symphony Hall
  • Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Library of Birmingham
Arthur\'s Seat showing a castle, a city and a sunset
Edinburgh
The capital of Scotland combines ancient architecture and fascinating history with a vibrant cultural scene and world-famous festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle
Royal Liver Building featuring a city and heritage architecture
Liverpool
Catch a show at the Beatles’ first venue, tour the port where the Titanic was registered and see one of Europe’s best soccer teams battle their rivals in this north England city.

Reasons to visit

  • Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Albert Dock
Cardiff showing street scenes, night scenes and a city
Cardiff
The capital of Wales is a lively port city, home to medieval castles, pristine parks, modern sporting arenas and a sparkling waterfront entertainment district.

Reasons to visit

  • Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Cardiff Castle
The SSE Hydro showing mist or fog and night scenes
Glasgow

Reasons to visit

  • The SSE Hydro
  • University of Glasgow
  • Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

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