United Kingdom

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Travel information about United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a state made up of the historic countries of England, Wales and Scotland, as well as Northern Ireland is an island nation in northwestern Europe.

It is known as the home of both modern parliamentary democracy and the Industrial Revolution. Also, it is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles.

The United Kingdom remains an economic and military power with great political and cultural influence around the globe.

The total land area in United Kingdom is approximately 242,495 square kilometers, and with roughly 65.7 million inhabitants.

Capital city of United Kingdom: London

Closest neighbors to United Kingdom: The United Kingdom is located off the northern coast of France, and west of Sweden and Denmark, between the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. 

Best times to visit United Kingdom: For the most part, summer (early June to mid-September) should be fairly warm, quite dry and the best time to visit the UK if you are after consistent weather and an outdoor holiday. Seasonal attractions ought to be open, but not as hectic as high summer. It completely depends on what you hope to get out of the holiday, and also where in the UK you plan on visiting. For example, the South West of England is lovely all year round and tends to be slightly warmer if you’re going off to the peak.

How to get to United Kingdom: Flights from most countries will fly right into London Heathrow as that’s the major hub for U.K. And even Europe.

Visa requirements for United Kingdom: U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business travel to the United Kingdom for a stay up to 6 months.

Currency of United Kingdom: The currency in United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling

Official Language of United Kingdom: English is the official language of United Kingdom

UNESCO World Heritage sites in United Kingdom

  • Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (2000)
  • Blenheim Palace (1987)
  • Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church (1988)
  • Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd (1986)
  • City of Bath (1987)
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (2006)
  • Derwent Valley Mills (2001)
  • Dorset and East Devon Coast (2001)
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral (1986)
  • The Forth Bridge (2015)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire (1987)
  • Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast (1986)
  • Gough and Inaccessible Islands (1995)
  • Heart of Neolithic Orkney (1999)
  • Henderson Island (1988)
  • Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda (2000)
  • Ironbridge Gorge (1986)
  • Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (2004)
  • Maritime Greenwich (1997)
  • New Lanark (2001)
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (1995)
  • Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church (1987)
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (2009)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2003)
  • Saltaire (2001)
  • St Kilda (1986)
  • Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (1986)
  • Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey (1986) )
  • Tower of London (1988)
  • The English Lake District (2017)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.
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