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Flights from the United Kingdom

If you’re up for a pronunciation challenge, try “Llanfair¬pwllgwyn¬gyllgo¬gery¬chwyrn¬drobwll¬llanty¬silio-gogo¬goch”. No, that is not gibberish but in fact a village in Wales, one of the longest names for any place in the world!

Besides eye-catching names, there are many other interesting sights that you’ll encounter in the United Kingdom. Comprising of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK encompasses a host of cultures that contribute to its rich heritage. The country is also home to many dreamy landscapes and architecture that will be etched in your memories. The following are some places that you should absolutely see before leaving the UK:

London

London, the capital of England, impresses on many counts, from its elegant buildings to its sophisticated museums. Learn more about British history at the British Museum, British art at the Tate Modern and the ecological history of the region at the National History Museum. Also, you cannot omit London’s world famous landmarks, so get your cameras ready for Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Tower. Then at Regent Park, you’ll find the main mosque of London, the London Central Mosque, which can be identified from afar by its golden dome.

Glasgow

Glasgow in Scotland is a lively city that’s bursting with art. Some of the best art collections can be found in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow culture is also captured in the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, which documents life in the city from the mid-eighteenth century to date. Scotland’s largest mosque, Glasgow Central Mosque, can also be found along the River Clyde.   

Cardiff

Wales is a city of castles that take you back in time to the Middle Ages. In Cardiff, see the Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch and St. Fagans Castle. Don’t miss out on Cardiff Bay either, where you’ll find the Wales Millennium Centre – the city’s premier venue for art performances, and the Cardiff International Sports Village – a modern facility for many water and ice sports.

On leaving the UK, you can fly to one of these countries to check out a whole new set of attractions:

Norway

Norway is in the north eastern direction of the UK and it is home to a breath-taking natural display known as the northern lights. See the magical phenomenon between late autumn and early spring in Northern Norway or the Svalbard Islands for the best view. Norway also has many other scenic regions such as the Aksla Mountain and Briksdalsbreen Glacier.

Iceland

Iceland sits northwest of the UK and as its name suggests, there are plenty of ice sceneries to be seen. These include the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Jokulfirdir Glacier Fjord and Skaftafell Ice Caves. Iceland is also high on geothermal activity, so you can warm up in the Blue Lagoon, whose heat comes from the blazing magma miles below earth.

Sweden

Sweden is the largest Scandinavian nation, where natural sceneries are aplenty, making it the perfect spot to chill out and relax. Ride a bike through the hilly grounds of Dalarna, read a book in one of the many tree houses in Urnatur and catch a lobster in the fishing town of Everts Sjobod.

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