The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – to give it its full title – is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country revels in its own separate identity and can vary immensely within its official borders. Its long and dramatic history has helped to shape the landscape and its people. No one knows much about the original inhabitants, but more is known about the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans who have left behind a legacy of jewellery, weaponry, castles, fortresses and place names among other things.
Today, the United Kingdom is a wonderful place to explore with so much on offer, from historic cathedrals and palaces to more modern achievements, like the giant London Eye ferris wheel beside the Thames. While this modern nation is crammed with fascinating cities, you won’t have to go far to experience its famous rolling countryside.
Don’t confine yourself to just England though. Visit Scotland and you’ll be treated to moors, lochs, bagpipes and rugged scenery. Go to Wales and you’ll be entranced by its unique language, Norman castles, Roman remains and gorgeous countryside. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland showcases the Giant’s Causeway, as well as a variety of gorgeous lakes and coastal cliffs.