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The United Kingdom incorporates four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and with settlers of many generation from all corners of the globe the UK holds a truly multicultural society. A round the world experience can be achieved without crossing water. Not only diverse in culture, the UK has a landscape incomparable to any other European nation. Huge regional cities many of which are larger than most capital on the continent give way to craggy and sandy beaches alike, mountain ranges and lake land areas and vast forests.

London is the obvious starting point for any trip with huge points of interest, The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and London tower some of the more traditional attractions. London is a centrally important economic city with astounding options for entertainment.Scotland capital city Edinburgh's main attraction is Edinburgh castle but this university town deserves a weeks exploring in its own right. Cardiff for wales and Belfast the ruling city in northern island would both also be opportunitiestoo good to miss.

The best way to see the city centre is on foot. Witness the ‘Changing of the Guard' at Buckingham Palace , and then walk along The Mall to Trafalgar Square. Time your day to be in Covent Garden around lunchtime, and soak up the atmosphere in a pavement café whilst watching the bustling markets and street entertainment.

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In the afternoon, a trip on the London Eye will give you a bird's eye view of the city, and in the evening the lively bars and restaurants around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are the place to be. If you have more time, all the major London museums are free to enter. If you happen to be in London on the August Bank Holiday weekend, then the famous Notting Hill Carnival is a must. Second only to Rio de Janeiro 's carnival in size, it's a three day spectacular of music and colour.

Stretching along the south coast are traditional bucket and spade seaside towns with all the treats. Candy floss, fish n chips and some enviable surf are the catch of the day from Brighton to Lands end. The Cumbrian region stages the breathtaking lake districts populart with climbers walkers and weekend breakers. Famous market towns of Oxford, Durham and Bath serve up british snobbery at its best but with a smile. Cosmopolitan delight manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool all famously have thriving night scenes. Over the summer months the United Kingdom hosts no less than sixty live music festivals in muddy fields with seas of tents attracting a devoted crowd of happy revelers whose only aim is to avoid that British rain.

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Take time to admire the Roman remains in the city of Bath , before crossing the towering Clifton suspension bridge into Wales . Immediately the landscape changes and the mountains grow higher as you travel north towards Mount Snowdon. You can walk up from the nearby village in a few hours along a reasonable good path, or take the little mountain railway if you've booked early enough to get a seat.

The north of England also boasts some high peaks in the walker's paradise of the Lake District , but for the really dramatic scenery continue on to the Scottish Highlands. Here the landscape has been largely unspoilt since the Loch Ness Monster was still a baby. Scotland 's capital city, Edinburgh , is worthy of special note, and is best enjoyed during the three week long Edinburgh Festival. This brings all manner of arts and entertainments to fill every venue you can find, creating a wonderful party type atmosphere, and boosting the alcohol sales significantly.

From Scotland , it's a short ferry crossing to Ireland . With the exception of Dublin , which has much the same atmosphere all year round as the Edinburgh Festival, Ireland is probably the best place in Europe to visit if you want to sit back and relax. There is a warm welcome, and little to do except enjoy the pleasant green countryside, and enjoy a chat with the friendly locals. It has an endearing feel, and you'll leave with the impression that you are almost one of the family.

Britain 's other neighbour has a whole different feel. Head south-east from London through the county of Kent , known as the Garden of England . Follow the same road that the Roman army built when it invaded in 43AD, and you'll arrive at Dover . Famous for its white cliffs, and the towering castle overlooking the English Channel, its just 22 miles from France.

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