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This friendly but competitive rally involves vintage and classic cars racing on closed public roads over three days and includes one sprint and...


The oldest drama festival in Ireland, this annual event first took place in 1934 and – save a break for WWII – has continued ever since. Local...


This 10-day festival is dedicated to the joy of books and literature and attracts a number of leading writers who participate in scheduled talks...

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United Kingdom Travel Guide

Key Facts

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


64.1 million (2013).

Population density

261.4 per sq km.




Constitutional monarchy.

Head of state

HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952.

Head of government

Prime Minister David Cameron since 2010.


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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country.