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While travelling from the southern lowlands to the northern highlands of the UK, you will discover modern cities safeguarding long-time traditions. Along the way, travellers traverse regions designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty, charming villages, large lakes and historic castles. You may also wish to cross the Irish Sea to explore hilly Northern Ireland. Well-maintained roads connect attractions scattered throughout the country, which is why most travellers consider renting a car in the UK to make their visit comfortable and easy.

It's your choice: Where to go in the UK

London is the cultural and entertainment centre of the UK located in the south-east of the country. Admire old and modern landmarks, such as the Westminster Abbey and the 20 Fenchurch, dotting the skyline and visit first-class British and Natural History museums. Heathrow is the main airport of London. Fly to Edinburgh to see the Edinburgh Castle perched atop a high rock, attend festivals and admire the Gothic architecture. Great museums, such as the Birmingham Museum and the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, are icons of Birmingham. A synonym for the industrial revolution, the city features grand architecture and beautiful mansions. For screenings of classic and modern films, visit the Electric Cinema. To enjoy delicious food, attend first-class football matches (Manchester United and Manchester City) and benefit from great cultural opportunities, catch a flight to Manchester.

Things to do in the UK

Hadrian’s Wall, commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian in the second century AD, used to be the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Take a Hadrian's Wall walk to observe its turrets and fortifications along a long-distance hiking route. Enjoy biking, walking and water sports in the Helix parkland. The highlights of the Helix are two adjoined 30-metre tall horse heads known as the Kelpies. Falkirk, the place where a big battle between the Scots and the English took place in 1298, is nearby. Surrounded by hills and flanked by groves, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, traversed by the famous Hogwarts Express, has 21 arches and is a great photo spot of the highlands in Scotland. Take the train in Fort William to experience the scenic ride. Chester Zoo, some 40km south of Liverpool, is one of the best zoos in the UK by many. Its verdant gardens are home to over 20,000 animals, including tigers, elephants and gorillas.

Important info about the UK

The geography of the United Kingdom comprises the lowlands in the south and highlands in the north. Ben Nevis in Scotland, about 1,350 metres high, is the highest mountain in Great Britain. Loch Ness must be the most famous lake in the world, home to the mythical Nessie creature. The rugged coastline in the north features bays, inlets and groups of small islands, while hilly seasides of the south boast the world-famous white cliffs of Dover. Forests cover around 15% of the surface of Great Britain. The local cuisine preserves a great deal of authenticity, albeit foreign influences have changed the UK gastronomy since colonial times. Being an island nation, the UK is one of the best places in the world for having fish and seafood. Great Britain produces some of the world's finest cheeses while drinking tea is a cultural activity among the Brits, the English in particular.

Weather in the UK
Country the United Kingdom
Language English
Currency Pound sterling
Time-Zones GMT
Country Code +44

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If you wish to rent a car in the UK, note that signposts denote speed limits in miles per hour. General speed limits are 30mph in populated areas, 70mph on motorways and 60mph on other roads. The price of fuel is around £1.2 per litre. Allow pedestrians to cross the zebra crossing and stop at the pelican and puffin crossings if a red or amber traffic light flashes. To drive in the United Kingdom, foreign travellers need to be older than 17. Visitors travelling by car may take the Channel Tunnel connecting Coquelles in France to Folkestone in England. Ferry services operate from Dunkerque and Calais to Dover. Drive on the left-hand side in Great Britain, have passengers fasten their seat belts and don't use a cell phone while driving unless you have hands-free equipment. Calculating the blood alcohol level is complex, and it would be best if you don't drink at all before you drive.

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Our tour suggestion for the UK

There are many scenic drives you can enjoy by a car you rent in the UK. The road connecting Stratford upon Avon and Cheltenham spans the Cotswolds, designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route is over 50km long, spanning hills, flowery meadows, forests and quaint villages. While you are in Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, visit the Warwick Castle, some 15km to the north-east. Seeing kings and nobles rise and fall, the Warwick Castle is a strong fortification that played an important part in the history of England. The route from Glasgow to Fort William, about 175km long, traverses the Scottish Highlands. It spans large volcanic rocks, lakes and offers views of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain. Discover Trossachs NP and Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Scotland, along the way. Visit the Stirling Castle, a former seat of Scottish royals, while you are around.

What to taste in the UK

Fish & Chips is a popular meal throughout Great Britain. Cod and Haddock are types of fish most people like eating with golden-crust chips (French fries) made of Maris Piper and King Edward potatoes. Travellers visiting Scotland shouldn't miss the Haggis, Neeps and Tatties dish. While Neeps and Tatties refer to turnips and potatoes, Haggis is a mixture comprising heart, lungs and liver of sheep, porridge and onions. Cheddar cheese, produced in Cheddar Gorge, is a hard artisan cheese made of cow's milk whose flavour is creamy and sharp. For a dessert, try sticky toffee pudding, a cake commonly served with custard or ice cream.