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Places to visit in the United Kingdom.

London is the capital and largest city in the UK, it has its own page - London

Bath - is located 150km west of London it is well known for its architectural heritage and thermal baths. It is a World Heritage Site. The Romans developed a large system of baths utilising the hot thermal springs that rise in the city - people are still using them today. Georgian architecture is the other notable feature of a visit to Bath -  the Royal Crescent is the prime example. 

Oxford - is the location of Britain's oldest university dating from the 13th century. there are around 40 colleges in the University so there is a lot to see. Principal buildings include Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera and the Ashmolean Museum which features artefacts from many ancient civilisations. There are plenty of cafes and pubs to try as well. 

Brighton - lies on the south coast of England around 80km from London. It is a quintessentially English seaside resort with a promenade, a pier, deckchairs and fish and chip shops - and the sun shines sometimes! 

Newcastle - is a city in north east England on the banks of the River Tyne. It was once part of Britain's industrial heartlands but fell on hard times from 1960 onwards but it has now reinvented itself. The dockland area has become full of trendy flats and the waterfront has become a tourist destination. The city is renown for its nightlife and bars, cafes and clubs are not hard to find. Don't forget to try the city's second most famous product - Newcastle Brown Ale (first one is coal!)

Liverpool - is located in north west England on the banks of the River Mersey. Liverpool is another maritime city that was prosperous in the 19th and early 20th century but which suffered a decline after around 1960. However the city is now under going renovation and the dockland area is thriving. 

Edinburgh - is the capital city of Scotland and has a population of around 480,000. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Owing to its spectacular, rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture, including numerous stone tenements, it is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. The city centre is a World Heritage Site. 

Cardiff - is the capital city of Wales and has a population of around 325,000. Cardiff is a lively city - helped along by the large student population. Highlights include the Cardiff Bay area, Cardiff Castle, the National Museum of Cardiff and the Millennium Stadium - home of Welsh rugby. 

Snowdonia - is a national park in north Wales and the highest peak in southern Britain at 1085m. There are several picturesque villages nearby including; Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert. 

Cairngorms - is a national park in the Highlands of Scotland and also one of the highest peak at 1245m - there are four other peaks which are higher. Cairngorms is also the largest area for skiing in Britain in the winter months. The nearest accommodation is in Aviemore which is around 10km away. 

National Parks - there are 13 national parks in England and Wales; these are Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor, Pembrokeshire Coast, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor, Northumberland, Brecon Beacons, The Broads, New forest, South Downs. And in Scotland there are two national parks; these are - Loch Lomond and Cairngorm. 

Coast and Seaside Resorts - the UK has a long coastline and there are many interesting places to visit along the whole length of coast. The main resorts tend to be in the south and west but not exclusively so. Here are a few suggestions - Newquay - surfing capital of the UK, St Ives - picturesque village and artists haunt,  Tenby - picturesque Victorian buildings in South Wales, Blackpool - giant roller coasters, amusements and spectacular lights, Bournemouth - traditional family seaside resort with miles of golden sand , a pier and good entertainment. Lindisfarne - also known as Holy Island is a tidal island off of the north east coast of England.

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Highlands - are the area in north west Scotland which are uplands and mountainous. Although the mountains do not compare with the Alps the area is rugged and remote in some places. And due to the northern location weather conditions can be very harsh. A good base for touring would be Fort William or Inverness. 

Castle Howard - not a true castle but a spectacular stately home, Castle Howard is located in North Yorkshire, England, 25 km north of York. One of the grandest private residences in Britain, most of it was built between 1699 and 1712.  Castle Howard has been the home of part of the Howard family for more than 300 years. It is familiar to television and movie audiences as the fictional "Brideshead". 

Castles - the UK has an abundance of castles which are located throughout the country of note are the following; Windsor Castle - a medieval palace still lived in by the Queen, Leeds Castle - is located near Maidstone in Kent, (not Leeds in the north) - a picturesque castle situated on two islands, Conwy Castle - located in north Wales on the coast, built between 1283 and 1289 on behalf of Edward I, Edinburgh Castle is located in the Scottish capital on the remains of an extinct volcano. 

 

Stonehenge - is located in south England around 100 km west of London. Stonehenge is a fine example of Neolithic architecture and is a World Heritage Site. 

York Minster - is a cathedral located in the city of York in northern England. It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe and dates from around the early 11th century. 

Cathedrals - there are notable cathedrals in the following places; Canterbury, Exeter, Wells, Salisbury, Durham, Ely, and Peterborough. 

Blenheim Palace - is located around 10km from Oxford, it a fine example of the baroque style with painted ceilings and grand furnishings. It was the birth place of Winston Churchill in 1874. 

The Giants Causeway - a natural feature in Northern Ireland coast - it consists of a large number of basalt columns which were formed after a volcanic eruption. 

Isle of Skye - is a large island off of the coast of western Scotland. The island is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, and its abundant wildlife including the Golden Eagle, Red Deer and Atlantic Salmon. It is linked to the mainland by a road bridge. 

Scottish Islands - Scotland has a large number of islands - these are arranged in four main groups; the Inner and Outer Hebrides off of the west coast. And off of the north coast are the Orkney Islands and further north still are the Shetland Islands. 

 

 

 
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