When people think of British cuisine, they think of staples such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and the Sunday roast (roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding). Not only do England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have their own traditional dishes, the dishes of the Commonwealth nations have found their way to the UK as well. Today, it is considered just as quintessentially British to go to an Indian restaurant as it is to go to "the chippy". Britain's culinary scene has grown exponentially in the past few decades; nearly 200 restaurants across the country have been Michelin-starred, and many chefs have become celebrities. Read more about what British cuisine has on offer for the traveler by clicking here.
Explore all the best Wales has to offer with this flexible self-drive package! Explore Cardiff (Wales' capital; the most important administrative, shopping, and cultural centre), Swansea, Pembroke Coast (it is known for its breathtaking coastal scenery, quaint little towns and picturesque village, perfect for outdoor activities) with a rental car. Stop by National Parks: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Snowdonia National Park (gateway: Betwys y Coed), and Brecon Beacons National Park (gateway: Brecon) as well as the popular seaside resort towns like Aberyswyth and Llandudno. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Cardiff-Swansea: 55 mins. approx.
Swansea- Pembroke Coast: 1 hrs 32 min.
Pembroke Coast- Aberystwyth: 2 hr. 11 mins. Approx.
Aberystwyth- Betws y Coed: 1hr 45 min approx.
Betws y Coed- Llandudno: 34 min approx.
Llandudno - Brecon: 3 hr. 14 min approx.
Belfast- Lough Neagh: 34 mins. approx.
Lough Neagh- Belfast: 36 min approx.
Glasgow - Dumfries and Galloway: 1 hr. 40 mins. approx.
Dumfries & Galloway - Edinburgh: 2 hrs. approx.
From bangers and mash to steak and kidney pie to Indian takeaways and innovative fusion cuisine, England has a lot to offer to those wanting a foodie tour.
Scotland's culinary tradition is quite delicious (yes, even the haggis!) and you will find high-quality dishes from restaurants and cafés across the entire country, from the city to the islands.
Welsh cuisine is more than just cawl and Welsh rarebit: this country of the United Kingdom offers legendary flavors and dishes you simply cannot find anywhere else.
Northern Ireland offers a mix of British and Irish cuisines, perhaps most famously seen in the addition of soda bread and potato farls to breakfast to make an "Ulster fry".
The British Isles, a geographic region comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, has a rich history of literary excellence. The history, fantasy, politics, romance, and tradition of the isles have been brought to life, historicized, and evaluated by authors who span centuries. On the whole, the canon of literature produced by authors who hail from the British Isles illuminates historical narratives and literary innovations – and will no doubt continue to be an important cultural phenomenon.
Over two dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in the British Isles, ranging from Neolithic monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury and Newgrange, to testaments of Britain's might in the Industrial Revolution in places like New Lanark, Blaenavon, the Derwent Valley, and Ironbridge, to such historic sites as Westminster Abbey, Skellig Michael, and Canterbury Cathedral. Telling the overarching story of five millennia of British and Irish history, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the British Isles are visited by millions of people each year.
The fifteen national parks of the United Kingdom are very popular tourism draws, and it is estimated that over 100 million visitors from Britain and abroad flock to the parks each year. Each national park is home to gorgeous natural splendor and unique sights, and no matter where you are on the island of Great Britain, you are most likely within two hours` drive of a national park. From the Cairngorms in the north to the South Downs and Dartmoor in the south, the United Kingdom is home to some of the world`s most picturesque national parks.
London - Manchester: 4 hrs. 20 mins aprox.
Manchester - Windermere: 1 hr. 45 mins. approx.
Windermere - Glasgow: 2 hrs. 25 mins. approx.
Glasgow - Edinburgh: 1 hr. 5 mins. approx.
London - Oxford : 1 hr. 55 mins. approx.
Oxford - Cambridge: 2 hrs. 20 mins. approx.
Cambridge London: 1 hr. 50 mins. approx.
London - Stratford-upon-Avon: 2 hrs. 20 mins. approx.
Stratford-upon-Avon - Bath:1 hr. 55 mins. approx.
Bath - Brighton: 3 hrs. 5 mins. approx.
Brighton - London: 1 hr. 5 mins. approx.
In the United Kingdom, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a conservation area, just below the status of a national park, that was selected for conservation because of its significant landscape value. There are 33 such sites in England, located in every region of the country, and these areas are conserved in the hope that the natural beauty that they possess can be further enhanced. Below you will find a sampling of 20 important Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that you should see, with photographs accompanied by links to the nearest gateway city or area.
When people picture what England means to them in popular culture, they might think of a multitude of things. They might think of historical legends such as Lady Godiva and Robin Hood. They might think of tea and crumpets, and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. They might think of iconic scenes from books, movies, and television series, ranging from Pride & Prejudice to Downton Abbey to Harry Potter. On our accompanied map you will find all of these important tourist sites, and many more.
Medieval England corresponds to the era between the mass adoption of Christianity among the Anglo-Saxons, in the 600s CE, and the end of the War of the Roses in the late 15th century. During this time England saw attacks from the Vikings, the Normans` invasion in 1066, and the Black Death. Even with the struggle and strife present during the Middle Ages, this era ushered in new achievements in technology, warfare, religion, arts, and architecture. Below are 20 sites integral to Medieval English history that we think you should see, with links to the closest gateway cities or regions.