It may seem hard to believe that this small, cold, wet island
once held dominion over three quarters of the globe. The pomp and
circumstance of previous centuries may have dwindled, and the
monarchy takes daily batterings in the local press, yet the UK and
its people remain a fiercely proud nation. The past 100 years have
seen a vast transformation as the country has come to terms with
its diminished role on the world stage, from colonial empire to a
member of the EU.
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland, and the geography sweeps from mountainous
highlands, to green and pleasant rolling countryside and vibrant
cities. The country is jam-packed with two millennia of heritage,
so despite its seemingly small size, holidays in the UK of any
length of time feel too short.
London is the UK's biggest city, a fantastic and frenetic
metropolis teeming with people of all races, creeds and walks of
life. Here the old contrasts spectacularly with the new, offering
some of the world's most famous sights and an unrivalled nightlife.
Travelling through the country reveals its diversity, from quiet
country lanes and inland waterways to majestic stately homes and
castles. Thatched cottages in the Cotswolds region paint a picture
of perfect quaintness, where life appears to revolve around the
The medieval cathedral cities of York and Durham reveal a rich
history of a bygone age, while the industrial cities of Liverpool
and Newcastle both harbour an exciting nightlife. The beauty of the
Lake District remains almost untouched, and Edinburgh's
International Arts Festival draws talent from around the world.