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.

The Hogwarts Castle Model on the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

Feeling the Magic on the Harry Potter Studio Tour

The magical world of Harry Potter has captured the world’s attention, including ours. From the very first book, we were captivated by the story of the little boy wizard. When we learned we were coming to London, there was no question that we’d visit Warner Brothers for a Harry Potter studio tour.

The iconic basalt columns of The Giant's Causeway, a highlight of the Causeway Coastal Route

Driving the Thrilling Causeway Coastal Route

The rolling hills of the Emerald Isle become more pronounced as you reach the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. Carved into the cliffs and perched on the hills, the Antrim Coast Road links castles, sandy beaches, small towns and amazing geological formations. The Causeway Coastal Route is one of the most thrilling and beautiful drives anywhere in the world.

The spa pool at the Sofitel hotel at London's Heathrow Terminal 5.

Travel Insider Tip – Getting a Shower at London’s Heathrow Airport

Long haul travel can really take its toll on the traveler. Transiting multiple continents can be a grind and the airlines don’t make it any easier for travelers – even their most loyal frequent flyers. London’s Heathrow airport is one of the busiest transit hubs in the world, but getting a shower at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 is not as obvious as one might expect. Here is our definitive guide to Heathrow showers.

Big Ben and Parliament building complex in England at dusk

Quick Trip to London, England

Over a decade ago, I had the opportunity to spend a month at Oxford University in Oxford, England. As part of my program, we spent a few hours in London, seeing a play at The Globe Theater, taking a cruise on the Thames, and generally getting quite lost. With so little time in the big …

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