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A Few Words about Great Britain

Centuries may pass, epochs may change along with people, cities and life itself, but in Great Britain, one thing is unchangeable: traditions. British traditions are unwavering, just like its centuries-long history, the majestic Tower, the Parliament with Big Ben, the leisurely Thames and the position of the English Queen.

Britain consists in the must-have “five o’clock” tea and meetings with friends in a casual atmosphere of the favorite pub; in the elegant strictness of the Victorian style and the pretty and cozy “sweet home”, preferably by Laura Ashley; in the external self-restraint often perceived as primness, and in the subtle, self-deprecating English humor.

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Best Places to Visit

Natural Landmarks and Lakes

Natural Landmarks and Lakes

Snowdonia National Park and Mount Snowdon

Snowdonia National Park and Mount Snowdon

The Snowdonia National Park was named after Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. There are no higher peaks in the southern part of Great Britain; higher mountains can only be found in Scotland, to the north of the Scottish Highlands. The mountain's height amounts to 1,085 meters above the sea level. Its name translates from Old English as "snow hill". Snowdon is covered with snow only in winter; it is not high enough to maintain a permanent snow mantle in summer.

The Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast

This is a picturesque, quiet, and ecologically-clean place though the same may be said virtually about the entire coastline of Great Britain. These famous sedimentary rocks depict 185 million years of the Earth's history. The local landscape formed to show numerous layers of sedimentary rocks that had been piling up during three geologic periods: the Triassic, the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. These rocks contain the remains of various ancient creatures.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a lake that needs no introduction; it is famous all over the world. This is one of Britain's most visited natural landmarks; annually, more than half a million local and foreign tourists come to explore it. Loch Ness is located in the north of Scotland, near the city of Inverness. There is a fault line between the western and the eastern parts of the Scottish coast; different waterbodies may be found along this line.

The Seven Sisters Cliffs and the Beachy Head Cape

The Seven Sisters Cliffs and the Beachy Head Cape

The Seven Sisters are a group of sea cliffs formed by chalk deposits over one hundred million years ago. The cliffs were named after the seven Pleiades from Greek mythology. They are clearly visible from Seaford Head: it provides the view of the six cliffs while the seventh one is somewhat harder to find. There are pedestrian routes in the cliffs. The paths climb the rocks and descend into valleys stretching over dozens of kilometers. These are uneasy routes, but the fascinating views unfolding along the way are worth the challenge.

Sights

Sights

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is famous for the abundance of important aircraft carriers including HMS Illustrious, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth. Here, one can get into the old ships, visit the passenger rooms, fish from aboard the ship and climb the mast as a ship boy.

Oxford University

Oxford University

In this place, one can receive a higher education that will be highly valued in any country of the world. The university's motto is "The Lord is my light". Besides, it served as a filming location for many "Harry Potter" movie scenes.

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle

The well-recognized masterpiece of military architecture in Great Britain. This majestic building is not only one of Wales’s largest castles but also the most impregnable fortress in the entire country.

Corfe Castle, England

Corfe Castle, England

The ruins of Corfe Castle are located on a hill high above the similarly-named village; for some time, the deserted fortress served as a source of building stone for the village. Today, Corfe Castle is considered one of the most important still-standing buildings erected during King Henry I's reign and one of the most beautiful historic sites in the south of England.

Cities

Cities

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion is a piece of Italy in the heart of Wales. It was being built from 1925 to 1975. Clough Williams-Ellis, an architect and the creator of this village, used to say that he wanted to reproduce the Mediterranean scenery; and he succeeded. Today, Portmeirion is a touristic village with hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants occupying the majority of the houses. Many of them were designed as follies, pavilions created for the sole purpose of entertaining guests.

Belfast, Northern Island

Belfast, Northern Island

In recent years, the capital of Northern Island has experienced an inrush of tourists who finally became aware of its eventful history, varied local culture and unbelievable food scene. One should also note the local Botanic Gardens founded in the early 19th century.

Isle of Muck, Scotland

Isle of Muck, Scotland

Muck is the smallest of Scottish islands but it still could compete with several larger ones in terms of pristine natural beauty. According to 2011 data, it was inhabited by only 27 people. This is an excellent place to enjoy nature and watch birds and seals.

Norwich, England

Norwich, England

Norwich, one of the first large medieval cities in Great Britain, used to be the second most important city in the country (after London) up to the Industrial Revolution. The Old Town of Norwich is a must-visit: this is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the medieval Britain and see how the everyday life of that epoch differed from what we have today. It is also worthwhile to visit the gothic Norwich Cathedral founded in the 11th century and famous for its delicate interior.

Children's Entertainment

Children's Entertainment

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

This British tourist destination does not require any special description. The garden occupies an area of 25 hectares. Apart from the rockery, visitors are also attracted by the ericaceous garden, demonstration department, arboretum, conifer garden and palm tree greenhouse.

London Zoo

London Zoo

London Zoo is one of the largest and most interesting zoos in the world. It is better to dedicate an entire day to it: your child will be able to watch the animals to their heart's content. Among the various animals, there are some representatives of very rare species.

Science Museum

Science Museum

Do not let the serious name disturb you: the Science Museum in London is a proof that studying may indeed be fun. Numerous unusual exhibits and creatively designed installations serving as visual demonstrations of complicated scientific terms and physical processes, will not fail to fascinate your child.

Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor

The Drayton Manor family recreation park is situated in Staffordshire County. It comprises a zoo and numerous amusement rides the majority of which are intended for young children. The park is divided into 9 theme areas including pirates' bay, fishing wharf, active entertainment park, McCall farm, zoo, and dino route. The zoo accommodates over one hundred animals including reptiles and tigers.

Museums

Museums

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre

A must-visit place in York. This museum is popular with history enthusiasts and those interested in the Norman Conquest of England. It offers numerous exhibits and amazing discoveries.

Madame Tussaud's Museum in London

Madame Tussaud's Museum in London

One of the most popular museums in England. The realistic figures of celebrities, cartoon characters and royal family members will fascinate you with their vividness. Totally worth visiting!

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective and the fictional tenant of this house, is probably as famous as the Queen. He is known and loved not only by adults but also by children who will undoubtedly admire the amazing atmosphere of this house museum. Here, one can see a lot of peculiar gadgets and take photos with a 19th century policeman or maid.

Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh

Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh

The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is one of Britain's most enthralling museums for children. It boasts a huge collection of children's things and toys from different epochs.

Advice from the Expert

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The Underground in Great Britain

In order to quicker find your bearings and better familiarize yourself with London, try to examine the London Underground map. The London Underground is divided into 6 zones. The first and the second zones are the inner London, the very center of the city. Therefore, zones 5 and 6 span the suburbs and the Heathrow Airport area; this means that they encircle Greater London.

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Pedestrians Should Also Pay Attention to the Road

When crossing the road, you should first look right – not left like in other European countries. Many pedestrian crossings are equipped with a road sign reminding people of this rule.

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Parking in the Center of London Is Prohibited

A violation of this rule may lead to a hefty fine. In other parts of the city, parking is fee-based. The fee is charged for every 15 minutes of parking.

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Power Sockets in Great Britain

Tourists from other countries might be surprised at three-outlet power sockets at hotels and homes. For your convenience, pack an adapter in advance.

Airports in the Country

Luton Airport

Luton Airport

Fourth in terms of passenger traffic, the international London Luton Airport is situated in Bedfordshire, 56km to the north of the capital's center. London Luton Airport has passenger and cargo terminals, serves about 16 million people per year and boasts a tendency to an increase in passenger traffic.

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport

London's main international airport surrounded by built-up areas and situated in the western part of the city, 22km from its center. This air terminal complex is Europe's busiest in terms of passenger traffic: it serves over 70 million passengers a year.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport

This airport has an international status. It is the eighth largest airport in Great Britain. Edinburgh Airport is located 13km from the center of the city and belongs to the British company BAA Ltd. which also owns such famous airports as Heathrow and Gatwick. The modern terminal building was erected in 1977 upon the project of Robert Matthew, an architect.

Belfast Airport

Belfast Airport

It is often called Aldergrove since there is a similarly-named village nearby. The air strips are used not only by the civil airport but also by the Royal Air Force. This is the busiest airport in Northern Island. It serves 48 different flights.

Best Hotels

Sunridge Treehouse

Sunridge TreeHouse, Worston, Yealmpton, Devon, Plymouth PL8 2LN
Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews

This is my childhood dream come true, updated with an outdoor jacuzzi tub and a terrace overlooking the awning." The tree house has its own fully-equipped kitchen, a private forest, and access to a fishing lake. "We've had a wholehearted vacation!

Coombe Abbey

Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB
Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews

The building may resemble a rather conventional suburban hotel, but in fact, this is a modified 12th century Cistercian abbey." "A very mysterious place :) I recommend it!

No Man's Fort

Gunwharf Rd Canal Side, Gunwharf Quays, Seaview
Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews

If you are seeking true solitude, come to this uninhabited private island." Apart from its own lighthouse, cabaret bar, and laser tag arena, the fort has incredible views of the water surface, 23 bedrooms of individual design, and plenty of opportunities for water sports and boat rides. "Our whole family had a great vacation.

Old Course Hotel St Andrews

Old Station Rd, St Andrews KY16 9SP
Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews

The room was nice and spacious, and the staff was admirable and very accommodating." The breakfast was wonderful, and the spa and massage were excellent. "I also highly recommend Road Hole Restaurant

An Approximate Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Edinburgh

Car rental (approximate price: $1,400)

Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay The Dunstane Houses
1 night, 1 adult $397
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 2

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Walk along the lower part of the Royal Mile

13:00

Lunch at New Chapter (average check: $65-80)

14:00

Tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse

16:00

Climb to the top of Edinburgh Castle

17:30

Tasting of any of over 300 Scotch whisky brands at Bow Bar in Old Town's West Bow

19:00

Dinner at Purslane Restaurant (average check: $90-100)

20:00

Return to the hotel, overnight stay The Dunstane Houses
1 night, 1 adult $397
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 3

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Ride to the Forth Bridge

11:38

Arrival

12:00

Walk through the historic center

13:00

Lunch at Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian (average check: $65-80)

14:00

Ride to the Hawes Pier viewing deck in Queensferry

15:00

Falkirk Wheel boat ride (price: $2)

16:00

Tour of Stirling Castle

17:30

Dinner at The Prahna Indian Grill Edinburgh (average check: $65-80)

18:30

Ride to Stirling City, check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Stirling Highland Hotel – Part of the Cairn Collection
1 night, 1 adult $185
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 4

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Ride to Balmoral Castle,
tour of the Queen's private summer residence el, overnight stay

13:00

Lunch at The Rowan Tree Country Hotel Restaurant
(average check: $45-60)

14:00

Ride to Tomintoul through the Snow Roads

16:35

Walk through the Tomintoul town market

17:35

Tour of Urquhart Castle

19:00

Dinner at The Clockhouse Restaurant
(average check: $45-50)

20:00

Check-in at the hot Garth Hotel
1 night, 1 adult $190
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 5

10:00

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Ride to Eilean Donan Castle

13:10

Ride to the town of Fort William

14:10

Arrival, lunch at Ben Nevis Bar and Restaurant (average check: $50-60)

15:10

Ride to Loch Lomond

17:30

Arrival to Tarbet Village, Loch Lomond viewing platform

18:30

Dinner at Slanj Bar & Restaurant (average check: $50-60)

19:30

Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Lochside Guest House
1 night, 1 adult $140
Taxes included
Breakfast included

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel

Return of the rental car

Departure

The Country's 5 Jewels

Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Humanity's greatest mystery. The name of this British landmark means "a stone circle". The megalithic stone monument was included into the List of World Heritage Sites; it was being built for 300 years.

The Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

The Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

In the northeast of Northern Ireland, one can find a unique natural landmark known as the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast which translates into Russian mostly as "the Path of the Giants". These are numerous basalt columns interlocking so closely that they form huge areas seemingly paved with beautiful and flat hexagonal tiles.

Cheddar Gorge and Cheddar Caves

Cheddar Gorge and Cheddar Caves

Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in England and also one of the most picturesque places in Great Britain. It is situated in Somerset County in the southwest of England. The gorge formed about one million years ago as a result of erosion by meltwater flowing down from glaciers. The flat ground surrounding it was divided into two parts. The height of cliffs in Cheddar Gorge amounts to 137 meters.

St Michael's Mount, England

St Michael's Mount, England

The island abbey of St Michael's Mount was founded in the 12th century by the Benedictine monks. This is a tidal island: during the low tide, one can walk to it along a special road paved upon the sea bottom; during the high tide, the island is totally inaccessible. St Michael's Mount is called the jewel in Cornwall's crown and is often compared to the French abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

The Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

The Glenfinnan Viaduct in the northwest of Scotland became famous thanks to the Harry Potter movies. This is unsurprising: the view seems to have been made for the big screen. The viaduct is located on the northern tip of Loch Shiel and stretches over a thickly wooded valley. A train ride through the place is a marvelous experience. From the outside, however, the longest viaduct in Scotland looks just as impressive.

Cuisine

Toad-in-the-Hole/Sausage Toad

Toad-in-the-Hole/Sausage Toad

Notwithstanding its unusual name, this typical English dish does not include toads. Nobody really knows why it is called "toad-in-the-hole". Some even suppose that the funny name is linked to how the sausages peek out from the dimples in the dough.

Trifle

Trifle

It is difficult to imagine the traditional dishes of the English cuisine without trifle, the world-famous dessert. It was first mentioned in culinary books in the 16th century. Since that time, the recipe of this famous and now-popular treat has been changing and improving.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Be sure to go to this restaurant if you ever find yourself near Chelsea Physic Garden. Visit Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and try British and French cuisine. At this place, you should definitely taste amazing lobster ravioli, consommé and scallops. You will be also offered exquisitely prepared vanilla ice cream, apple tart and lemon parfait. The establishment provides a wide selection of wines. At the restaurant, one also should order marvelous chocolate frappe, mint tea or lemonade. According to the customers, the staff here is obliging.

The Cellar

The Cellar

If you would like to try Scottish cuisine, reserve a table at this restaurant. The Cellar is well-known for good halibut, ox meat and beef tongue. You will spend a nice evening here enjoying appetizing pudding, strawberry cheesecake and petit fours. At the restaurant, you can order good home-made wine, beer or gin. You will also like tasty chocolate frappe, tea or tonic.

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