United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Tower Bridge in London, United Kingdom.

“There’ll always be an England, while there’s a country lane. Wherever there’s a cottage small, beside a field of grain… There’ll always be an England… England shall be free if England means as much to you as England means to me.”

– Vera Lynn, an English singer, songwriter and actress

The United Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland, is generally referred to as the United Kingdom, the U.K., Britain or England, is an island country that sits northwest of the European continent.

Travel UK as there is so much to explore. England is known as the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles and to boasting the Neolithic site of Stonehenge, the Roman spas of Bath and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.

Historically, indigenous British people descend from the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Norse and the Normans, pre-12th Century. It is believed that Welsh people are the oldest ethnic group in the UK.

Travel UK and know more about it’s unique culture that goes way beyond just the original British culture. The culture of the United Kingdom has been influenced by many factors including it’s island status and the cultural influences that were imported from it’s former colonies such as India, Pakistan, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

The United Kingdom is much more than fish and chips, pubs and thatched roofs. From London to Edinburgh, the Isle of Wight and other territories, see the United Kingdom through the eyes of other travelers.

  • The United Kingdom is a country with a long and varied history, so it’s no surprise that it has a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • An ancient wonder of the world, Stonehenge is a classic example of Neolithic engineering and one of the best-preserved monuments of its kind in Europe.

  •   On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist who pioneered the concept of vaccines, administered the first smallpox vaccination to 8 year old James Phipps. The basis for smallpox vaccination began in 1796 when the English doctor Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had gotten cowpox were protected from smallpox. Jenner also knew about variolation and guessed that exposure to cowpox could be used to protect against smallpox. To test his theory, Dr. Jenner took material from a cowpox sore on milkmaid Sarah Nelmes’ hand and inoculated it into the arm of James Phipps, the 9-year-old son of Jenner’s gardener. Months later, Jenner exposed Phipps several times to variola virus, but Phipps never developed smallpox. In 1977, with assistance from the World Health Organization, the smallpox virus became the first disease in the world to be eradicated from the global population as a result of smallpox [...]

  • For people looking for something really unique to do this Christmas season, Booking.com suggests its edible London booking – the Candy Cane House. The Candy Cane House is located in the Soho neighborhood and is being offered for two guests for two nights. It’s designed for people who love sweets and want a unique vacation getaway location. Guests, upon their arrival, will receive several wreaths they can eat. The whole comes across as the home from Hansel and Gretel, without the evil witch lady, with its sugar-snowy frontage and candy cane windows. Guests will be given a complimentary gift box that includes sparkling wines with holiday treats that can be enjoyed in the Candy Lounge. If guests feel up to it, they can enjoy many of the home’s décor. The home is lined with eatable candy canes and baubles. Its Christmas tree also includes some edible treats. When guests have [...]

  • As the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and the current home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Kensington Palace is a place of fascinating insight into the British Royal Family.

  • Coventry doesn’t feature much on most people’s travel bucket lists. It’s a city that is known predominantly for being razed to the ground during the Second World War and then rebuilt in questionable design.

  • On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing was born into privileged English society. From the beginning of her life, Florence felt a calling for the nursing profession and this posed a scandal with her privileged family because nursing was considered a profession for the poor and ill-educated. Nightingale was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She spent many hours in the wards, and her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded established her image as the “Lady with the Lamp.” During the Crimean War, Florence is credited with saving many lives that would have otherwise died on the battlefield. She revolutionized the nursing profession and trained nurses as they tended to fallen soldiers using techniques of triage, sanitation and organization.  Her efforts to formalize nursing education led her to establish the first scientifically based nursing school—the Nightingale School of [...]

  • On May 9, 1671, a parson visited the Tower of London. A parson is an ordained Christian person responsible for a small area, typically a parish. Talbot Edwards, the 77 year old Master Keeper of the Jewels, was very fond of this parson, and hoped that his niece would someday marry the parson's nephew. However, the parson was Colonel Thomas Blood, an Anglo-Irish officer under Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads. He did not have a nephew to marry off and he had been cultivating a relationship with Edwards over previous months. On his May 9th visit, Blood dressed as a parson brought "friends" with him and asked the elderly Edwards if he could provide a private showing of the famous crown jewels. Edwards showed Blood and his henchmen the jewels, upon which the thieves covered the keeper with a blanket and struck him with a mallet. They flattened King Edward's crown with [...]

  • Whether you are a historian who has long been fascinated by the controversy surrounding Richard III’s life and death or someone who has been intrigued by the recent developments regarding his remains, an exciting tour of medieval England can help you learn more.

  • London has always been a city of change, but its transformation over the past decade, particularly in the culinary scene, has been remarkable. Once known primarily for its shopping streets and high-end fashion, London is now celebrated as a top culinary destination.