Experience The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential center of finance and culture. England is also the site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa, and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.
Few countries inspire quite like England, home to iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and even bigger expanses of the gorgeous natural landscape.
If you’ve come in search of the patchwork fields and elegant country gardens you’ve seen on screen – in Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey – you’ll find them and more. As you travel through villages and towns, listen for the country’s rich tapestry of dialects, which seem to change in the space of a few miles!
Discover the eye-opening diversity that makes modern Britain – from global cuisine to urban culture. And at the heart of it all, find London. This cutting-edge city is as into its new trends as its old traditions. You could spend weeks seeking out its hidden treasures, but to experience England in all its glory, you’ll want to venture further afield.
United Kingdom (Britain) is home to a wealth of bustling cities. With the stunning architecture of historic cities such as York or Oxford, the coastal vibe of Portsmouth and Bristol, and the musical buzz of Liverpool, these cultural hotspots are waiting to be discovered.
For each city, you’ll find a suggestion of key places to visit, as well as those that even regular visitors may not yet have discovered. And for visitors looking to head beyond the city, check out our “Just a stone’s throw away” pick of things to see and do.
London, the cosmopolitan capital of England, is a city rich with history, ground-breaking architecture and culture. With over 200 museums and galleries, 30,000 shops, 3,800 pubs, 143 parks and gardens, and countless dining and entertainment options throughout the city, there has never been a better time to visit this vibrant metropolis. London is very accessible; it has five international airports and extensive Underground, train, bus and taxi services.
Scotland is renowned for its stunning scenery – with 40 designated National Scenic Areas from mountains to islands and gentle countryside. Beyond this natural beauty, Scotland’s cities offer a wide range of cultural attractions, including a wide range of castles and museums, as well as some of the best shopping and dining in the UK.
Scotland is home to almost 800 small islands grouped into four main clusters: Shetland, Orkney, the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides. With wind-swept beaches, unspoiled scenery, and unrivaled wildlife, these idyllic isles are a dream come true for those seeking the escapism of the great outdoors.
Just a 1 hour 20 minute flight from London takes you into the heart of Northern Ireland, with its vibrant city life and historical attractions. Head outside the capital, Belfast, to explore stunning scenery, in one of Northern Ireland’s eight designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or one of the other beautiful landscapes.
Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands are home to wonderful waterways, beautiful countryside and fascinating landmarks. From kayaking, to hiking or a gentle stroll, there is a landscape and activity to suit all tastes and energy levels.
Delve into this fascinating country that has retained a distinct cultural identity, while sampling traditional Welsh cuisine along with a myriad of activities. Spend a day foraging on their rugged coastline, take a Wildlife Boat excursion, all interspersed with visits to a micro-brewery, a winery, and a cheese tasting. An itinerary for both the serious and the not-so serious foodies; you'll journey through some of their historic cities and countryside, replete with extraordinary landscapes and astounding castles, and maybe pick up a few words in Welsh!
A short and scenic drive or rail journey from London, this small country magically boasts 641 castles, 3 national parks, 750 miles of stunning coastline, and 11 million sheep. Easily combine Wales with tours in the English countryside, sightseeing in bustling London, or a trip to Ireland — with Dublin just 90 minutes away from North Wales via ferry.
Best Time to Visit
The United Kingdom can be visited at any time of year, as its climate is relatively temperate and, in general, doesn't experience extremes during either summer or winter. Overall, spring (late March to early June) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit, when it's usually warm and dry.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: No. Visa not required with stays up to 90 days
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: June to August
This Destination is Best For: Historical Exploration, Cultural, Scenic Countryside, Cuisine and Arts
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Recommended Vaccinations: Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), and Polio Shingles.