United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Cities

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Landmarks

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Currency

British Pound

Capital

London

Fun Foods

Fish & Chips, Bara Brith, Bread and Butter Pudding

Located in north-western Europe, the United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of Ireland, and many of the smaller islands within the British Isles. The UK is a Constituitional Monarchy. It has a reigning monarch (king or queen), currently Queen Elizabeth II, who is head of the state. The monarch doesn't make open political decisions as this is done by the government and Parliament.

The first known inhabitants date back about 30,000 years. It was conquered by the Romans in 43 AD. At its peak, the British Empire reached into North America, parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Today, it is the world's fifth larget economy and it remains one of the world's great powers.

Source: Wikipedia

Popular Cities

Bath

Bath

Named after its Roman-built baths, the city dates back to about 60 AD.

Cardiff

Cardiff

Now the capital of Wales, people have settled here since 6000 BC.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

With 112 parks, the city has more trees per person than any other UK city.

Glasgow

Glasgow

Visit Scotland's largest city and check out the fossilized tree stumps that date back to the dinosaurs.

London

London

Founded by Romans, the city is one of the most powerful and important cities in the world.

Popular Landmarks

Big Ben

This 150+ year old tower holds the world's most famous bell.

Bletchley Park

Learn about the Allied efforts to break the codes Germany used to keep their communications secret.

British Museum

The first public national museum in the world with a collection of over 8 millions works.

Buckingham Palace

The home and headquarters for the monarch of the United Kingdom.

Caernarfon Castle

Explore this grand medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century.

Caerphilly Castle

The surrounding artificial lakes make for an elaborate water defense making it difficult to attack.

Churchill War Rooms

The British government's underground command center during WWII.

Edinburgh Castle

Positioned on top of Castle Rock, the castle dominates the city skyline.

Goodrich Castle

A Norman medieval castle ruin near the village of Goodrich.

HMS Belfast

Commissioned in 1939, Belfast saw extensive duty during the Second World War, including the Normandy invasion.

Palace of Westminster

The meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of Parliament.

Royal Observatory

An observatory that sits on the Prime Meridian, marking Greenwich Mean Time.

Saint Paul's Cathedral

This enormous white cathedral is one of the tallest buildings in London.

Stonehenge

A Neolithic monument featuring a ring of 25 ton standing stones.

Tower Bridge

A beautiful, iconic suspension bridge spanning across the River Thames.

Tower of London

The Royal Palace and fortress has also been used as a prison.

Westminster Abbey

This 10th century church as been used for royal coronations since the 1066.

Windsor Castle

This iconic castle is home to the Queen of England.