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Cheap flights to UK (United Kingdom)

Often referred to simply as ‘the UK’ or Britain, this great country located around northwestern Europe is actually known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in full. And even within the term ‘Great Britain’, there are more specifications; Great Britain actually refers to the countries England and Scotland, as well as the principality of Wales, altogether. As such, the official countries of the United Kingdom are: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The capital city of the UK in whole is London, though the countries within have their own capital cities too – Scotland’s capital city is Edinburgh, Belfast is Northern Ireland’s, and Cardiff is Wales’.

Luckily for tourists, though, the official language in the entire of UK is English (though there are also minority languages such as Welsh and Gaelic) – but do note that the accents of locals speaking plain English can differ so significantly that they’ve often been mistaken to be speaking a different language altogether!

Getting around

The United Kingdom is very large, covering more than 200,000 square kilometers and at parts separated by the Irish Sea, so if you want to visit many different cities all over the country the best way to do so would be to take domestic flights, to save yourself too long and arduous a journey by land.

However, if you are only intending to cover a specific area such as England, for example, you can also take the InterCity Rail (also called the British Rail) to get around fast and efficiently.

What to see and do

If you’re in the vast, diverse country of the United Kingdom, congratulations; your holiday is now what you make of it. Simply choose the type of sights you’d like to see, and the country will give it to you. If you’re a history buff, the beautiful city of Bath in England might be your destination of choice. With its 2,000-year-old Roman baths and many Georgian terraces, the whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the backdrop for many of writer Jane Austen’s stories. Boasting historic sites such as Bath Abbey as well as a Grand Pump Room where one can drink waters from an ancient spring that was once used to fill Roman baths, the immersive experience of Bath will take you back in time. Otherwise, another popular destination is Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. The birthplace of world-famous cruise ship, the Titanic, the city is home to the Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Go to the actual historic site of the doomed ship’s construction and learn about her behind-the-scenes story, revel in the pride of her makers, and find out intimate details about her maiden voyage and eventual tragic end.

Big sports fan? Well you can’t miss Manchester in Northwest England, then. The city is home to both Manchester United and Manchester City – household names in the football world – and houses the famous Old Trafford Football Stadium, which is as much woven into the tapestry of Manchester’s history and culture as any historical building is. Visit the Manchester United Museum and take the Stadium Tour to see the world through the eyes of a football celebrity, and witness how a simple game can work to draw people together and create a source of combined

But if you’re looking for gorgeous scenery, visit Glasgow – the largest city in Scotland – instead. Named European Capital of Culture in 1995, Glasgow offers some amazing natural beauty in the form of rolling hills and clear blue lochs and boasts a happening music and art scene.


Flights to the UK

Images by Flickr/Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It. World Tour