The United Kingdom (UK) and the British Empire was one of the world’s great colonial powers, and ultimately superpowers, for centuries. Collectively comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, its sphere of influence was vast and impressive. From its homeland in England, to outposts in America, The Caribbean, India and Africa, the U.K. ruled supreme. These days, the scope of the UK is more limited, but it is still an incredible place to visit.
Visitors are drawn to Scotland’s castles, the birthplace of golf and the impressive Scottish highlands. The rough and independent spirit is pervasive through Wales and along its storied coastline. Northern Ireland’s complicated history of the Troubles makes for an interesting educational experience (not to mention its incredible whiskey). And mother England with its many historical sites, makes any U.K. visit complete. From the Tower of London to the Dark Hedges, the UK is a great destination. Here are some articles on our favorites.
Over 25 years ago at summer camp, I met a young woman from Bath. She told me stories about a beautiful town in the west of England that had hot springs and looked like it was right out of a movie set. It turns out she wasn’t lying.
Oxford is full of world-class museums, fun pubs, and great sites to explore. Every time we return, we discover something new.
With grand stone castles, colorful villages, and rivers and hills that thrive in the bounty of Welsh rain, a trip to Wales is packed with both man-made and natural beauty.
There are plenty of options for Bed and Breakfast in Ireland and Northern Ireland, but standards vary wildly. Here’s how to chose the right Irish B&B.
Imagine you’ve booked a vacation and end up with a connection through London’s Heathrow airport – resulting in a 13 hour layover. How much of London can you see on a long Heathrow layover? As it turns out, the answer is a lot.
The Christmas market in Oxford is often mentioned as one of the best Christmas markets in England.
With candy-colored homes, great restaurants, and one of the most famous markets in the world, there are lots of fun things to do in Notting Hill.
For two weeks each year, the squares and streets of Bath transform into the city Christmas market—a festival of food, entertainment, gifts, and holiday decorations.
Many cities claim a heritage of thermal baths, but Bath delivers on that history. These days, the Thermae Spa in Bath has been completely re-envisioned as a modern palace of relaxation.
We know what you’re thinking: London food tours? Yes, British cuisine has long had a negative reputation. Ask anyone to name a dish from England and you’ll probably get a unanimous answer: fish and chips. But we discovered there’s a lot more to British cuisine than beer batter.