Visit the United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Overview

Formally known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or more commonly as the United Kingdom, UK or Great Britain, this island monarchy is actually comprised of four separate countries: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
 

A constitutional monarchy, the UK has both a parliamentary government as well as a Queen.
 

The British Empire was the world's leading superpower throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Its global role has since diminished due to two world wars and the nationalization of many of its colonies.
 

The UK is currently the world’s sixth largest tourism destination.


Sites to See

There are plenty of sites to see when visiting the UK – including 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
 

Some of the more famous ones include Stonehenge (located in Wiltshire, England), the City of Bath, Durham Castle and Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey.

 

Culture

Sports are huge in the UK, especially for spectators.  The most popular ones include association football, cricket, rugby, tennis and golf.  Catch a game or concert in Wembley Stadium, if you can.
 

Famous People

The UK of course is well-known for huge musical acts such as the Beatles, Elton John, Led Zepellin, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones to name but a few.
 

British literature also has more than a few famous names headed of course by William Shakespeare, and including Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas More, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Agatha Christie, and J. R. R. Tolkien.


Casinos in the UK

There are different types of casinos in the UK, as defined under the Gambling Act.  They are generally known as small casinos, large casinos and the most recent addition super casinos (which are similar to the Vegas style destination casinos).  Legal gambling opportunities can be found throughout the UK, so make sure to inquire wherever you go.

Map of The United Kingdom

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.