Top events in United Kingdom

August
29

The ISPS Handa Wales Open offers a great chance to see many of The European Tour’s brightest stars return to The Celtic Manor Resort to compete...

September
06

Science is not all white coats, test tubes and bubbling retort vessels, as the Orkney Science Festival demonstrates. Themes linking ancient...

September
09

Hundreds of visiting mountain bikers descend on the island every year for this prestigious race, which involves cyclists riding from one end of...

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United Kingdom Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

242,514 sq km (93,635 sq miles).

Population

63.4 million (2013).

Population density

261.4 per sq km.

Capital

London.

Government

Constitutional monarchy.

Head of state

HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952.

Head of government

Prime Minister David Cameron since 2010.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England's southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England's Lake District. True British wilderness remains - stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far north of Scotland. Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon's jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland's countryside is green and rolling.

Travel Advice

Most visits to the UK are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country.

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