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The United Kingdom (UK) never fails to amaze visitors, with each of its four states, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, bringing to the table a flavour that is uniquely their own. From London’s red buses to Scotland’s strong sense of culture, the United Kingdom’s brilliance simply cannot be explored in a just a day or two.

Numerous tourists start their journey in the cosmopolitan city of London. Visit the famous Tower of London and listen to the fascinating stories of queens and kings, as well as a little about the torture and deaths that occurred in the past. For fans of the current royal family, visit the Westminster Abbey, the location of Prince William’s wedding to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Wander into the National Gallery, featuring displays from across the centuries, including the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh. Then, move on to visit the St Paul’s Cathedral and marvel at the intricate interior or take in the view of London from the Golden Gallery in the dome.

For a sense of modern London, clamber aboard the London Eye and head to West End to enjoy a few musicals. Film buffs can also visit the Warner Bros Studio and take a tour inside the brain of one of the best studios in the world. Purchase pricy, sophisticated gifts at Harrods and Oxford Street for your friends back home or head down to Camden Market to experience street-side stalls, featuring amazing British food and artwork from local artists.

Travelling around London is efficient via the Tube, the city’s subway system. It has many lines which take you to all parts of Britain. Don’t forget to head to King’s Cross station to view the monument of Platform 9 ¾, in honour of the successful Harry Potter series. Alternatively, you can get around on the London bus. Most attractions in London are also accessible on foot, so get your walking shoes ready!

Be sure to go to Edinburgh as well, Scotland’s beautiful, medieval capital. Hop on an Edinburgh bus tour to take in the best attractions in the country, such as the Scottish Parliament or the Scott Monument. The latter offers a great view as a reward for those who make the 287-step climb. Step into the St Giles’ Cathedral to go back to the 12th century, or enter the Museum of Scotland for free to get a clearer picture of the country’s history. After that, visit the famous Edinburgh Castle, home to many generations of Scotland’s royalty. Be sure to visit the dungeons as well for an intriguing experience.

Arguably the most popular city in Wales, Cardiff is Europe’s youngest capital. Nevertheless, the city has much to offer, like the National Museum or the Millennium Centre.

Head to the South and visit Cardiff--one of the most popular cities of Wales. Europe’s youngest capital has much to offer. Go into the National Museum, which houses top-notch art pieces. Visit the Cardiff Castle, a grand testament of 19th century Gothic architecture, or wander the streets of local farmers markets for a taste of fresh produce. If you are a sport lover, head down to the Millennium Stadium, where top class rugby and football matches are held throughout the year.

Getting to Cardiff is easiest by plane. If you are coming from major UK cities, you can take the rail as well. Once there, transport options are vast: you can choose to take the taxi, bus, open top bus or even cycle through Cardiff’s flat plains. However, the city is small enough to go on foot around all the attractions, unless you are travelling to the outskirts.

To experience a cosmopolitan Irish city, put Dublin on your list. Start your experience at the Guinness Storehouse to see how the famous beer is made. The whole building is quirkily shaped like a giant pint of Guinness, and you get to finish the tour with a free drink at the Gravity Bar on top of a stunning view of Dublin. Animal lovers or families can head to the Dublin Zoo to see a variety of exotic wildlife, including those from the African savannah, while thrill seekers can head to the National Aquatic Centre for one the best waterpark experiences in the world.

For something more tranquil, walk through the National Gallery of Dublin, which features works by Monet and Picasso, or visit Ireland’s largest church, St Patrick’s Cathedral, for a lesson on its fascinating history and its importance to the people today.

Travelling around Dublin is simple via coastal train (DART), public bus or the LUAS tram system. Bicycles are also available for hire around the city, but the coastal train is especially useful for exploring the towns and villages. Take the bus or tram if you are exploring the city or suburbs.

There are numerous cities in the United Kingdom worth visiting--do take the effort to travel to as many of them as you can. From cities to suburbs to small towns, one should make several trips in order to fully embrace what the UK has to offer.

Flights to the UK

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