UK

Seeing Radcliffe Camera from St. Mary's tower is one of the top Oxford sights

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.

Buckingham Palace and its gates with gold crests seen on a long Heathrow Layover

Seeing London on a Long Heathrow Layover

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.

Seeing the city rooftops is one of the fun things to do in Oxford England.

27 Fun Things to Do on a Weekend in Oxford

Oxford was the place that made me want to become a traveler. It took me 20 years to return, and I spent two days both wandering in my old footsteps and doing some things for the first time.

Walking along the River Avon is one of the great things to do on a weekend in Bath England

From Bubbles to Buns: Things to Do in Bath, England

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.

Medieval Conwy Castle above the town, one of the best places to visit in Wales

14 Must Visit Places in Wales

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.

The open-air rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa at sunset

Soaking Royally at the Thermae Spa in Bath

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.

Lanterns in Chinatown, a stop on the London food tours

A Rocking London Food Tour

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.

A view of Parliament on the Thames River at dusk

A London Walking Tour Along the Thames

“The history of the city is permanently linked to the river,” our guide Emily explained. On our London walking tour of the South Bank of the Thames River, we realized that the best way to enjoy and appreciate this city is from the banks of the Thames.