The United Kingdom wraps all the sundry charms of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island into one tidy constitutional monarchy, tucked between the North Atlantic and the North Sea. The vast treasure trove of experiences available to travelers within these lands is enough to occupy a lifetime’s worth of holidays.
In England, the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge share the stage with the cutting edge of modern art at the Tate museum. Places like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey are drenched in the pomp and circumstance of royal traditions. London throbs with one of the world’s most vibrant pubs and music scenes. Northern Ireland is a rugged expanse of tall mountains and taller tales. Mythology and folk culture pervade the smaller villages, while contemporary urbanity presides over the city of Belfast. In Scotland, pub proselytizers, prehistoric ruins, legendary lake serpents and green golf courses adorn a land of heather fields and craggy mountains. Wales is a wonderland of ancient sites and modern culture, where rugby is king and the Millennium Stadium is his castle. The climate is temperate over the lands of the United Kingdom, and though more than half the days are cloudy, the lively spirit of the people prevails.