If I say United Kingdom or England most people think about London. Ok, it is the capital but is it the only thing that exists in the British Isles?
We are going to look at some places that people often forget but that are very beautiful parts of the British Isles.
I think that each country has something to offer. Do you recognise the places?
Capital City Belfast. Famous for its shipping industry. In Belfast the Titanic was built. George Best was born here. Places to see Queens University, City Hall, Big Wheel, Botanic Gardens in Queens Quarter, The Golden Mile (between City Hall and the University)
Where to go in N. Ireland.
Giants Causeway Country Antrim. It is the result of a volcanic eruption. There are more than 40,000 hexagonal columns of different heights.
Lough Neagh Central Northern Ireland. It is the largest lake in the British Isles. It is 392 square kilometres of Fresh Water. 30km long and 15km wide. It touches 5 of the 6 counties of N.Ireland.
Wales - Cymru
Wales has a population of over 3 million people and it is regarded as a bilingual country as Welsh is still widely used as well as English. Cardiff, in the south, is the capital. Wales is famous for its beautiful landscape, long beaches, soaring mountains, imposing castles and quaint little towns. There are many famous singers (Tom Jones / Bonnie Tyler etc) and athletes (Ryan Giggs /Joe Calzaghe) The national sport is widely believed to be Rugby Union.
Where to go in Wales?
Snowdonia. In the North West of the country the area is home to the highest mountains in Wales and the scenery takes your breath away.
Aberystwyth. Home of the National Library and a famous university. A beautiful coastline and fantastic fresh seafood complete your trip!
Scotland has a population of nearly 5 and a half million people. The capital is Edinburgh but the largest city is Glasgow. The national symbol is the thistle. The highlands are a very beautiful area but very sparce and here you will find Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. Scotland is famous for its whisky! Maybe they need it to keep warm!
Where to go in Scotland?
Loch Ness A freshwater lake in the Highlands. It is the second biggest lake but because of its depth it holds more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined! Maybe you might see Nessie!
William Wallace Monument In Sterling which is known as the gateway to the Highlands. Wallace led his very small army to victory against the English here before being caught and executed for treason.
England has a population of over 51million people. The capital city is London and nearly 10 million people live there. The country is famous for its architecture, its diverse landscape, its universities, the royal family and many famous people throughout history. (Robin Hood, William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton)
Where to go in England?
London Explore the busiest capital city in the world. Enjoy the parks, the museums, a trip down the river and a show at one of the many theatres! Need i say more?
Stonehenge located in Wiltshire and owned by the Queen. They are free-standing stone columns erected as early as 3000BC. Quite a sight!
The Islands! Isle of Man Isle of Wight Isle of Skye Orkney Isles
If you want to see more?
The United Kingdom has many beautiful towns and cities. There is something for everyone. If you like quiet places to go walking or busy cities. Here are a few places that you could visit
Cliffords Tower A stone tower built on top of a Norman motte It was the site of a massacre in 1190
Jorvik Museum Visitors are taken back to 975AD with all the sights and smells of Viking York.
The Shambles The most famous street in York with its medieval buildings that almost touch at the tops. Now home to many cafes and shops
Ilkley West Yorkshire
Ilkley was originally a spa town and was known for its healing waters.
Now it is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful moor walks.
The cow and calf are the famous rocks.
Wuthering Heights was written set on these moors.
The famous caf Bettys attracts people from all over the country for a pot of tea and a scone!
Whitby North Yorkshire
On the North East coast there are many beautiful fishing villages. Maybe the most famous is Whitby
It has an active harbour with fresh fish daily and a history of pirates! Best Fish and Chips in the UK!
The Abbey is a ruined Benedictine Abbey. It fell to the Vikings, was renovated and then was destroyed by Henry VIII in the dissolution of the monasteries. It was the inspiration for Dracula
Cardiff Glamorgan, Wales
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the UK
It has been made over in the past few years to make it more appealing to tourists and businesses.
The city hall is a beautiful building
The Millenium Stadium is one of the more recent additions.
Cardiff is know as a very gay friendly city and was voted one of the top 3 places to go out in the UK.
Edinburgh castle. In its elevated position on a volcanic rock it has amazing views over all the city. Listen for the 1 oclock gun Everyday apart from Sunday.
Princes Street Gardens. Created in the 1820s.In the shadow of the castle this park is next to the main shopping street and features a gothic monument in memory of Walter Scott a famous writer .
Cambridge - Cambridgeshire
The Boat Race, the first race was in 1829 between Oxford and Cambridge. The current overall results are 79-75 to Cambridge.
Kings College Chapel. The symbol of Cambridge used now as a place of worship and for college events. With its gothic design it is well worth a visit.
Lake District - Cumbria
The Lake District is in the north-west of England and is the only part of England that contains land over 3000m high.
Windermere. The largest lake in England, it is 10.5 miles long and up to 1 mile wide.
Derwent Water. With its picturesque setting and more tranquil atmosphere it has long been a popular place for tourists.