WHY VISIT THE UNITED KINGDOM
The United Kingdom is at once close to the rest of Europe yet strangely apart.
Whether you choose it for cultural tourism or prefer nature holidays you will be seduced by its attractions as long as you are not going for a tan!
London is almost obligatory as a stopping point: a modern city with a dynamic vibrancy, it regroups over 50 nationalities and this diversity is simply fascinating. Add numerous monuments and the various museums such as the British Museum especially suited for Art Lovers or the Natural History Museum for history enthusiasts, its famous shops and the no less famous Hyde Park, the lungs of the City, and you have but a glimpse of the numerous attractions of this unique city that is definitely worth a few days stay.
However, the United Kingdom possesses magnificent, preserved natural areas and the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities in places such as the Peak District, in the centre of England, with its scattered and charming villages that will provide excellent stopping places when hiking or horse riding along the ancient paths. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is another such place worth exploring with its cliffs inhabited by Puffins and delightful creeks to discover.
Finally, enthusiasts of golf, which in England is considered more as popular than an elitist sport, will find dozens of fantastic courses in Wales, all in gorgeous settings.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Top destinations in the United Kingdom are:
WHEN TO GO TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
Weather in the United Kingdom
The best period to visit the United Kingdom is from June to September.
The United Kingdom benefits from an Oceanic climate: Gentle and fairly humid with few severe contrasts and little marked seasons.
The ocean winds bring more rain to the west and the Gulf Stream promotes cool winter temperatures.
Summer is generally warm but not hot and pullovers and rain garments should be kept handy all year round.
The best time to visit is generally at the end of spring with a good amount of sunshine, especially on the eastern coast, which will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the incomparable charm of the flowering plants.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of England
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Scotland
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Wales
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH THE UNITED KINGDOM
by plane, main airports:
- London Heathrow
- London Gatwick
- London Stansted
- London Luton
- London City
- East Midlands
- Belfast International
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE UNITED KINGDOM
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: Pound sterling
local time zone: GMT+0 (+1)
electricity: type G (230 V – 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
typical food in the United Kingdom
the best-known traditional dish is fish and chips – a plate-sized fillet of cod or haddock, battered and deep-fried until crispy, served with freshly fried chips (thick-cut French fries) and doused in malt vinegar and salt. For drink off course a pint of beer or, for breakfast a cup of tee.
souvenirs from the United Kingdom
- artisan jams and marmalades