It might be small, but UK packs a lot of scenery into its pint-sized shores: green fields and rumpled hills, chalk cliffs and breezy plains, ancient woods and moody moorland. There are 10 national parks, 34 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) and miles of craggy, beach-fringed coastline – 2795 miles, in fact, making England’s coast one of Europe’s longest, and the only one to have a public coast path the whole way round. Whether you’re tramping over the South Downs, climbing Lake District fells or wandering above Dover’s fabled White Cliffs, England is a never-ending feast for the eyes.
Most visitors to Great Britain arrive in London, the capital of the United Kingdom and a global financial centre. Its wealth of sites, stores, restaurants and theatres is world famous, offering the visitor countless iconic attractions to explore. The surrounding countryside of Southern England has a gentle landscape with country lanes, rolling hills and shimmering fenlands interspersed with historic cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Bath. The southern coast stretching down to Cornwall is known for its picturesque towns, beaches and resorts.
Further afield, Northern England and Wales boast historic towns, moorlands, dramatic coastlines and majestic National Parks. The largest park is the Lake District, which incorporates a landscape of jagged mountains, shimmering lakes and charming villages. Wales is a land of contrasts; often known as ‘the land of castles’, it contains some of the most varied scenery in Europe. Discover its rich historic culture based around the sensual Welsh language.
Best time to go to the UK
The months from April to October are the traditional time to visit the British Isles. As well as being the warmest time of the year, it is also when British Summer Time extends daylight long into the evenings. It is during this period that visitor attractions are fully operational, and when many social and sporting occasions take place.
During the months from April to June, the countryside bursts into bloom. Wild daffodils and bluebells herald the start of the season when gardens are at their most colorful.
July and August are the hottest months in the year, both in terms of temperature and events! The abundance of thrilling competitions, breathtaking festivals and plenty of other colorful events, some of which are detailed below, cater for all tastes. However, if you fancy a family vacation or a relaxing retreat from everyday life in one of the stunning resorts, there's a great variety to choose from.
During the winter months, days are short and the temperatures are often cold. Many attractions in the countryside close for the season. However, the city museums and sights remain open, and their restaurants and theatres will be in full swing.Visitors who travel over Christmas or New Year may enjoy these celebrations in the cities. But this is also a time when the country house hotels offer festive programs which make an excellent addition to a city break.