United Kingdom Destination Guide and Cruise Finder

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United Kingdom destination guide and cruise finder

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles.

Regions

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a union made up of the following regions, home nations and territories:

Great Britain

 

Map of the United Kingdom

England
The largest home nation, in terms both of size and, by far, population.
Scotland
The second largest home nation and occupies the northern third of Great Britain. The four archipelagos of Orkney, Shetland, and the Inner and Outer Hebrides are also part of Scotland.
Wales
Located within the largely mountainous western portion of Great Britain.

 

Ireland

 

Northern Ireland
Located in the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, consisting of six of the nine counties of the ancient Irish province of Ulster.

 

Crown Dependencies

 

Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark)
Technically not part of the UK, the Channel Islands consist of a number of small islands off the coast of France.
Isle of Man
Technically not part of the UK, the Isle of Man is a small island in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland.

 

Overseas Territories

 

Anguilla
Located within the Caribbean.
Bermuda
It is the UK’s oldest overseas colony. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, closer to North America than Europe.
British Antarctic Territory
Located in Antarctica, it is the UK’s largest overseas territory.
British Indian Ocean Territory
Located in the Indian Ocean, it is limited to Military personal.
British Virgin Islands
Located in the Caribbean as part of the Virgin Islands, it is the closest British territory to the United States, due to its proximity to the US Virgin Islands.
Cayman Islands
Located in the western Caribbean.
Falkland Islands
Disputed territory located in the South Atlantic Ocean, next to Argentina.
Gibraltar
Located in Southern Europe, and is bordered by Spain to the north.
Montserrat
Located in the Caribbean part of the Lesser Antilles.
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
A Group of spread out islands, Located in the Atlantic Ocean.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Located in the South Atlantic.
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Located in the Mediterranean both areas border Cyprus.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Located in the Caribbean part of the Lesser Antilles.

 

Cities

Many cities and towns in the United Kingdom are of interest to travellers. Here’s an alphabetical list of just nine, headed by the UK’s capital – others are listed under their specific regions:

  • London – world-renowned capital of culture, history and finance, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet
  • Belfast – capital of Northern Ireland and becoming a popular tourist destination, undergoing major renovations and improvements
  • Birmingham – the UK’s second largest city, features great shopping, home of the famous “Balti Triangle” and a strong industrial heritage
  • Bristol – historical city famed for its Georgian architecture and nautical heritage
  • Cardiff – capital of Wales, host to a proud coal-shipping past, modern architecture, Dr. Who and one of the most successful urban regeneration projects in the country
  • Edinburgh – capital of Scotland, hosting the largest arts festival in the world and numerous tourist attractions as well as being the second most visited city in the UK
  • Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city, new cultural hotspot, former European City of Culture
  • Liverpool – buzzing city, famous for its prominence in music, sport, nightlife and Irish influence. Capital of Culture in 2008
  • Manchester – thriving bohemian music scene, gay quarter, and home to the world’s only new work arts festival

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