About the British history, monarchy, government and religion

About Britain

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Find out what makes us Brits tick. From the history of the monarchy to the role of government through the ages, dip into our About Britain section for a whistle-stop tour of our ancient traditions and rich culture...

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BRITAINFACTS

Population
61.4 million
Main airport
London Heathrow
Currency
Pound sterling
Language
English, Welsh, Gaelic, Scots
Main towns / cities
London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast

Countries

  • Britain

    Britain is full of contrasts; whichever direction you travel you will find a wide variety of landscapes and diverse cultures to explore. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own customs, cultures and tradition.

  • England

    Places to visit in England plus attractions, accomodation and more in Britain's largest country.

  • Northern Ireland

    Vibrant cities with shopping, nightlife and festivals, outdoor activities, fabulous food and unspoilt retreats where you can unwind, relax and recharge.

  • Scotland

    Scotland is everything you imagine - whisky, golf, romance of the clans and a wealth of castles and historic sites. The Highlands area is one of the last wildernesses in Europe.

  • Wales

    Wales is different from other parts of Britain and just 2 hours from Heathrow Airport. With 400 castles, yet only one official motorway, you have to take things at a gentle pace.

 

Cities & towns

  • Birmingham

    Birmingham is a diverse and dynamic city brimming with culture. This animated and lively metropolis is actually a former market town with a history stretching back 1,500 years. Today of course, Birmingham is one of Britain’s most exciting cities.

  • Glasgow

    Known as Scotland's style capital with its art deco brasseries, stylish shops and cultural centres, Glasgow boasts more than 30 museums and galleries and an annual programme of performing arts and festivals.

  • Liverpool

    Liverpool is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. Awarded European Capital of Culture 2008, it boasts more theatres, museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London.

  • Manchester

    Welcome to Manchester, the cool kid every city wants to be. This once industrial metropolis has transformed itself into England’s edgy northern capital – it’s the home of some of Britain’s biggest music legends, iconic landmarks, a thriving arts and culture scene and world-famous sports clubs.

  • Newcastle

    Expect something different in this fast-moving cultural city. Newcastle-Gateshead has an energy and excitement that is distinctly, uniquely its own, blending world-class attractions with a history that stretches back over 2,000 years.

 

History

'Britain' itself didn't exist as an island until around 6500 BC. Read how we came to represent a leading centre for world trade and finance.

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Religion

The official religion in Britain is Christianity as practised by the Anglican Church. However, Britain is a multi-faith society which seeks to promote religious tolerance and acceptance.

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Government

The UK is a constitutional monarchy that is a representative democracy. The three elements that make up Parliament are the Queen, the House of Lords and the elected House of Commons.

Britain Magazine

Discover Britain's rich history and heritage through the pages of its official magazine. Read fascinating articles and enjoy beautiful photography.

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