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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

St. Paul\'s Cathedral featuring street scenes, a city and religious aspects
London
Known for Museums, Theaters and Historical Buildings

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  • London Eye
    London Eye
  • The Shard
    The Shard
  • Buckingham Palace
    Buckingham Palace
Victoria Square featuring a square or plaza, flowers and heritage architecture
Birmingham
Known for Dining, Bars and Shopping

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  • Symphony Hall
    Symphony Hall
  • International Convention Centre
    International Convention Centre
  • The Mailbox
    The Mailbox
Royal Liver Building showing a city and heritage architecture
Liverpool
Known for Friendly People, Bars and Shopping

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  • Albert Dock
    Albert Dock
  • Royal Liver Building
    Royal Liver Building
  • Beatles Story
    Beatles Story
Laing Art Gallery Materials showing interior views
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Known for Friendly People, Dining and Family-Friendly

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  • Quayside
    Quayside
  • St. James' Park
    St. James' Park
  • Northumbria University
    Northumbria University
York Minster featuring religious aspects, a church or cathedral and a square or plaza
York
Known for Friendly People, Bars and Historical Buildings

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  • York Minster
    York Minster
  • Shambles
    Shambles
  • North York Moors National Park
    North York Moors National Park
Norwich Guildhall showing night scenes and heritage elements
Norwich
Known for Friendly People, Football and Historical Buildings

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  • Norwich Castle
    Norwich Castle
  • Norwich Cathedral
    Norwich Cathedral
  • The Forum
    The Forum

Popular places to visit in United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

London Eye
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London Eye

Climb aboard this observation wheel for the best bird’s-eye view of the British capital. 

The British Museum
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The British Museum

Originally created as a “cabinet of curiosities,” Britain’s oldest museum has grown into a treasure house of humanity’s greatest achievements.

Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge

An engineering marvel, this London icon spans both the River Thames and the ages.

Trafalgar Square
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Trafalgar Square

London’s great meeting place and the “front yard” of the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields church. 

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.