Britain – an ancient nation with a dynamic spirit
Learn everything about Britain from its unique history and traditions to its vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. You'll also find useful travel information such as a map of Britain, accommodation booking and information on famous attractions and events.
“The landscape is definitely romantic. It’s a completely different kind of wilderness than what I am used to. Even though I tend to complain about the weather whenever I get the chance, I don’t think this place would be as enigmatic without its climate. And the British sense of humour - Love it!
Britain is made up of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Britain is a diverse nation 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 traditions. There’s something for everyone in Britain – from the wealth of natural and historical heritage to the vibrant and cosmopolitan towns and cities.
Britain has a rich and fascinating history dating back to around 6500BC, and all over Britain you’ll find monuments marking its history – from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace. Britain is also home to over 25 cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sitesand 7 Heritage Cities: Bath, Canterbury, Chester, Durham, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and York.
In every corner of Britain you’ll find hundreds of great attractions, ranging from small local museums to world-famous attractions like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Britain’s great attractions cover everything from museums & galleries to food & drink, and there’s something for everyone – from families to budget travellers. Use our Attractions & Events search to find attractions near your destination.
Britain is the shopping hotspot of Europe, and wherever you are in Britain, the choice of shops is endless. Shop for vintage clothes at street markets; shop for bargains on the high street; discover unusual gifts and new designers at unique boutiques and shop for everything under one roof at fantastic department stores – you’ll find them all in Britain.
Discover Britain’s beautiful National Parks.
Have a celebrity cook for you at one of Britain’s top 10 celebrity chef restaurants.
Relax and unwind in Britain’s Spa towns.
Indulge in some star-spotting in London.
If you want to make a difference on your trip, try a volunteer break.
Dance the night away to your very own Soundtrack to Britain.
If you’re on a budget, have a great day out for under £10.
Try and visit all of the top nightclubs in Britain.
Take the kids for an unusual family day out.
Make your trip extra memorable by staying in a castle.
Britain is a huge sporting nation, and is home to some of the world’s greatest sporting events – Wimbledon, the London Marathon, and the Grand National to name a few. Football is Britain’s biggest spectator sport, and Britain also gave the world golf, tennis, cricket and rugby – where better to see your favourite sport than its original home?
You might already have your ideas about what British food is, and it’s safe to say that all tastes are catered for in Britain. You’ll find restaurants serving food from every corner of the world, traditional pubs serving real British ale and wine, celebrity chefs running pubs and restaurants and fabulous farmer’s markets.
Music is a living part of many of Britain’s towns and cities, and British music has had a huge impact all over the world. Liverpool – home of the Beatles – still has a fantastic live music scene, as do many of Britain’s towns and cities. There are also thousands of nightclubs all over Britain – something for all tastes.
If you’re coming to Britain and looking to see as much as possible you’ll definitely need a BritRail Pass to get around, so beat the queues and buy it online. For more great offers, go to VisitBritain Shop.