Americans tend to think only of England when planning a vacation to the UK, but in fact the United Kingdom is made up of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, each with their own reasons to visit.
The region’s relatively small size means that it doesn’t take long to get around, and the rail system is an efficient way to explore. Thanks to budget airlines like Flybe and Ryanair, it’s also super easy to hop a short flight to Belfast.
No matter your fancy, there’s plenty to do in the UK. Outdoor adventurers will enjoy hiking in the Lake District or camping in Anglesey off the coast of Wales. Art enthusiasts should consider attending the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, which takes place for three weeks each August. The quirky Welsh town of Portmeirion, designed to resemble an Italian village, is a great place to spend a weekend away. The UK also has 29 World Heritage sites, including the Tower of London, Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and the Giant’s Causeway. Of course no visit to the UK is complete without an afternoon tea and a Sunday roast.
Spread over two islands, the UK is subject to ever-changing weather, which is usually a hot topic of conversation among locals. Be sure to bring your wellies and an umbrella no matter the time of year.