Although Britain is highly populated and urbanized country, it still can offer many unspoilt rural and coastal areas. Britain s ten National Parks (Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, the Peak District, Northumberland, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales in England and the Brecon Beacons, the Pembrokeshire Coastline and Snowdonia in Wales) are breathtaking. Britain is also home to a great variety of wildlife, with an estimated 30,000 animal species as well as marine and microscopic life, about 2,800 species of 'higher' plants.
Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its prime, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy; it currently is weighing the degree of its integration with continental Europe via European Union.
England is a country of great diversity both in the places you go to and in the people you meet with all its regions within easy reach of the exciting capital city,London, famous for first class culture, fascinating history and pageantry, its world-class restaurants and theatre. London offers over 300 museums and art galleries and around 6,000 restaurants. The other large English such as Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds or Liverpool each have their strengths: Birmingham has a resurgent arts scene, for example, while people travel for miles to sample Newcastle's nightlife. These days Manchester can match the capital for glamour in cafés and clubs, and also the home of the world's best-known football team, Manchester United.
Scotland is a country of whisky, golf, romance of the clans and a wealth of castles and historic sites. The Scottish Highlands area is one of the last wildernesses in Europe, while Glasgow and Clyde Valley are rich in architecture, museums and galleries, Glasgow being famous for its legendary warmth and generous hospitality. Scotland s Castle and Whisky Country stretches from the high Cairngorm mountains of Scotland s north east to a superb coastline. Edinburgh, Scotland s capital, is distinctive not only for its neo-classically inspired architecture, but also for its unrivalled cultural choice and is a World Heritage Site and the setting for the world s largest annual arts festival.
Wales just captivates its visitors with its rich character and landscapes. The Welsh speak their own Celtic language as well as English and have their own culture, poetry and song, which they celebrate in concerts and unique summer festivals known as 'eisteddfodau'. Wales consists of Snowdonia with breathtaking natural beauty of rugged mountains, long sandy beaches and majestic castles, contrasting wonderfully with a diversity of adventure sports; Caernarfon, a market town dominated by Edward I s impressive medieval fortress, its strong royal connections range from the ancient Celtic Chieftains to the royal family of today; Wye Valley and Vale of Usk, where Wales and England meet, these fertile valleys are peppered with castles a testament to ancient conflicts, which have now given way to perfect peace and Llangollen, perfectly situated beside the River Dee, it is an ancient market town, steeped in tradition, music, legend and natural beauty. In South West Wales, Swansea Bay encompasses the seaside resort of Mumbles and the beautiful Gower Peninsula, Britain's first designated AONB.
Northern Ireland offers vibrant cities with shopping, nightlife and festivals, outdoor activities, fabulous food and unspoilt retreats where you can unwind, relax and recharge. Belfast, Northern Ireland s capital city and a major port is a ideal location to spend a city break and is perfectly located to act as a gateway to the rest of Northern Ireland. Portaferry is full of character, with antique shops, pubs, restaurants and Northern Ireland s only aquarium adding to its appeal, while Derry, Londonderry is the historic walled city of Derry, also known as Londonderry, is the sparkle in the friendly eye of one of our most historic regions.... Book your short break to London, Edinburgh and Other UK Destinations