United Kingdom

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Additional Information
Capital london
Currency
Timezone Europe/London
Total States 4
Airport City London City Airport, Heathrow Airport, London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH - EGKB), Gatwick Airport, London Oxford Airport
Ruling Type Queen Ruled
Offical Languages English, German, Roman,
National Animal Lion
Food Salt Beef Bagel, Bara Brith Bread (Welsh Tea Bread), Pork Pie
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


Destination



1 ) London
Popular - High Tech City     Location - London, -England, -United Kingdom

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.
London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.


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2 ) Manchester
Popular - Metropolitan City     Location - Manchester, -England, -United Kingdom

Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and visitors can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now house the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre.
It is a major city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 534,982 as of 2018 (4th most populous English district). It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous urban area, with a population of 2.9 million, and third-most populous metropolitan area, with a population of 3.3 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority for the city is Manchester City Council.
The city is famous for the rivalry between its football clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United, whose stadium, Old Trafford, has a museum and tours. Many of the city’s 19th-century, red-brick warehouse and factory buildings now house shops, boutique hotels and nightclubs. Major shopping areas include the Arndale Centre, King Street and St Ann’s Square. The city is known as the birthplace of pop bands like The Smiths, New Order and Oasis, and the music scene is still prominent in clubs and venues of the Northern Quarter.


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3 ) Edinburgh
Popular - Architecture     Location - Edinburgh, -Scotland, -United Kingdom

Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.
The Royal Mile, lined with shops selling souvenirs, clan tartans and whisky, leads from the castle to 16th-century Holyrood Palace, an official royal residence. The Scottish National Galleries display Scottish and European art, including portraits of many famous Scots. Princes Street, the main shopping area, is home to 19th-century Jenners Department Store and its skylit grand hall. The summer arts festival season, a city institution, includes the internationally renowned Edinburgh International Festival and its quirkier sibling, Fringe. Restaurants in waterside Leith serve high-end local seafood to traditional fish and chips.


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4 ) Glasgow
Popular - Architecture     Location - Glasgow, -Scotland, -United Kingdom

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.
Glasgow's grand Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum fills a red-sandstone Victorian castle. The Burrell Collection, in Pollok Country Park, shows art and antiquities donated to the city by a local shipping magnate. Art nouveau buildings by local architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh include Sauchiehall Street’s Willow Tearooms, Bellahouston Park’s House for an Art Lover and the Glasgow School of Art. The Clyde Waterfront incorporates the futuristic Glasgow Science Centre with interactive displays. Pedestrianised Buchanan Street has upmarket boutiques, and the East End is home to the sprawling ‘Barras’ weekend flea market


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5 ) Scotland
Popular - Scenic Area     Location - Scotland, -Scotland, -United Kingdom

Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also famous for golf, the game first played at the Old Course at St Andrews in the 1400s.


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6 ) Birmingham
Popular - Museum & Galleries     Location - Birmingham, -England, -United Kingdom

Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region, with multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars. In the city centre, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter tells the story of its namesake neighbourhood and the jewellery workshops that thrived here in the early 1900s. At Birmingham Back to Backs, visitors can admire surviving examples of the cosy, terraced homes that filled the city’s 19th-century working-class neighbourhoods. Contemporary attractions include the futuristic-looking Library of Birmingham, with a significant Shakespeare collection, and the Thinktank, an interactive science museum. Just outside town lie Cadbury World, which celebrates the famous confectionery maker, and Bournville Village, built for former Cadbury factory workers.
 


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7 ) Brighton And Hove
Popular - Arts and Cultural     Location - Brighton And Hove, -England, -United Kingdom

Brighton is an English seaside resort town. About an hour south of London by train, it's a popular day-trip destination. Its broad shingle beach is backed by amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings. Brighton Pier, in the central waterfront section, opened in 1899 and now has rides and food kiosks. The town is also known for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.
The Royal Pavilion, once a residence of King George IV, is a striking landmark with its Indo-Saracenic domes and ornate interiors. In its garden, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has wide-ranging collections, from decorative to fine art. Behind the seafront, The Lanes is a collection of alleyways lined with antique shops, cafes and pubs. Nearby is the North Laine bohemian and cultural quarter, with secondhand shops and brightly coloured houses. Brighton Dome is home to the Brighton Philharmonic, and the Theatre Royal Brighton, founded in 1807, presents musicals, plays, opera and ballet.
 


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8 ) Oxford
Popular - Historical     Location - Oxford, -England, -United Kingdom

Oxford, a city in central southern England, revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city’s medieval center led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the 'City of Dreaming Spires'. University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower (with city views) to the Botanic Garden on the River Cherwell.
The Cherwell and Thames rivers meander through town, and are popular for punting on flat-bottomed riverboats and collegiate rowing. The Oxford University Parks and Christ Church Meadow are expansive green areas beside the water. Off Broad Street are Balliol and Trinity Colleges, and the university’s main Bodleian Library complex, including the circular Radcliffe Camera building. The Ashmolean Museum is home to Greek and Egyptian archaeological finds and a wealth of fine art, including pre-Raphaelite paintings. The Pitt Rivers Museum offers anthropological displays, while the Museum of Natural History features dinosaur skeletons.
 


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9 ) Liverpool
Popular - Museum & Galleries     Location - Liverpool, -England, -United Kingdom

Liverpool is a maritime city in northwest England, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, it's also, famously, the hometown of The Beatles. Ferries cruise the waterfront, where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the "Three Graces" – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier Head.
Also on the waterfront, the contemporary Museum of Liverpool traces city history, and the Tate Liverpool gallery houses international modern art. The Albert Dock wharf complex features the Liverpool ONE shopping center and the Beatles Story museum. Beatles heritage tours take in sites like the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and the musicians' childhood homes. Walker Art Gallery shows European fine art and sculpture. Other notable museums include the World Museum (science and natural history) and the International Slavery Museum. North of the center, Liverpool F.C. plays its home games at the Anfield stadium.
 


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10 ) Inverness
Popular - Culture     Location - Inverness, -Scotland, -United Kingdom

Inverness is a city on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. It's the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its Old Town features 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces local and Highland history.
On a hill above the city, 19th-century Inverness Castle has gardens that are open to the public. Victorian footbridges connect the center to the Ness Islands, tranquil wooded islets in the river. Outside town, the interactive visitor center at Culloden recounts the final battle between the Jacobites and the British government in 1746. The Caledonian Canal connects Inverness with the west coast via Loch Ness, the 23-mile-long freshwater lake that reputedly harbors the Loch Ness Monster. Ruined medieval Urquhart Castle overlooks the loch. Long-distance footpath the Great Glen Way links Inverness with Fort William, to the southwest.
 


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11 ) Bath
Popular - Historic Building     Location - Bath, -England, -United Kingdom

Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows. The museum at the site of the original Roman-era Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple.
The facility’s Pump Room serves a popular afternoon tea, and visitors can soak in the waters at the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa. The Royal Crescent is a curving row of Georgian houses overlooking the lawns of Royal Victoria Park, and the restored house at No. 1 displays period furniture and decor. Pulteney Bridge, over the River Avon, is one of only a few in the world with rows of shops spanning both sides. The Holburne Museum contains antique porcelain and sculpture, plus paintings by J.M.W. Turner and local resident Thomas Gainsborough. The Jane Austen Centre is a permanent exhibition celebrating the famous writer.


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12 ) Belfast
Popular - High Tech City     Location - Belfast, -Northern Ireland, -United Kingdom

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital. It was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. This legacy is recalled in the renovated dockyards' Titanic Quarter, which includes the Titanic Belfast, an aluminium-clad museum reminiscent of a ship’s hull, as well as shipbuilder Harland & Wolff’s Drawing Offices and the Titanic Slipways, which now host open-air concerts.
City Hall’s copper dome dominates the skyline, and the 19th-century Albert Memorial Clock has a leaning tower. Around St. Anne’s Cathedral, the bohemian Cathedral Quarter has cobblestone streets and arts venues like the Black Box. Victorian St. George’s Market has indoor stalls and music at weekends, while Victoria Square is a modern shopping complex covered by a huge glass dome. The large and colorful murals on the Falls and Shankill roads document the complex history of the city's Catholic and Protestant populations. This history is detailed at the Ulster Museum, within the city’s Botanic Gardens.
 


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Activity



1 ) Stonehenge
Activity Duration - Apr-May: 9:30am - 7:00pm, June-Aug: 9:00am - 8:00pm, Sept-Oct: 9:30am-7:00pm, Oct-Mar: 9:30am-5:00pm     Activity Category - Monuments

Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby.

Today, together with Avebury, Stonehenge forms the heart of a World Heritage Site, with a unique concentration of prehistoric monuments. For centuries, historians and archaeologists have puzzled over the many mysteries of Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument that took Neolithic builders an estimated 1,500 years to erect. Located in southern England, it is comprised of roughly 100 massive upright stones placed in a circular layout.

While many modern scholars now agree that Stonehenge was once a burial ground, they have yet to determine what other purposes it served and how a civilization without modern technology—or even the wheel—produced the mighty monument. Its construction is all the more baffling because, while the sandstone slabs of its outer ring hail from local quarries, scientists have traced the bluestones that make up its inner ring all the way to the Preseli Hills in Wales, some 200 miles from where Stonehenge sits on Salisbury Plain.


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2 ) Tower of London
Activity Duration - March–Oct Tues–Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun–Mon 10am–5:30pm; Nov–Feb Tues–Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun–Mon 10am–4:30pm     Activity Category - Tower

When William the Conqueror built a mighty stone tower at the centre of his London fortress in the 1070s, defeated Londoners must have looked on in awe. Now nearly 1000 years later, the Tower still has the capacity to fascinate and horrify.

As protector of the Crown Jewels, home of the Yeomen Warders and its legendary guardians, the pampered ravens, the Tower now attracts over three million visitors a year. Here, the Ceremony of the Keys and other traditions live on, as do the ghost stories and terrible tales of torture and execution.

But the Tower also has a richer and more complex history, having been home to a wide array of institutions including the Royal Mint, the Royal Armouries and even a zoo.


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3 ) London Eye
Activity Duration - Wednesday:11am–6pm, Thursday:11am–6pm, Friday:11am–6pm, Saturday:10am–8:30pm, Sunday:10am–8:30pm, Monday:11am–6pm, Tuesday:11am–6pm     Activity Category - Attraction

London Eye, formerly Millennium Wheel, revolving observation wheel, or Ferris wheel, in London, on the South Bank of the River Thames in the borough of Lambeth. At an overall height of 443 feet (135 metres), the London Eye was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel from 1999, when it was built, until 2006, when it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang, in Nanchang, China. It is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions for which an admission fee is charged and is sometimes credited with sparking a worldwide revival of Ferris wheel construction.

The wheel itself has a diameter of 394 feet (120 metres) and is connected to its hub by 64 cables that function much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel. The power to turn the wheel is transmitted to the rim through rubber tires that are mounted on the base of the structure. Mounted on the wheel are 32 ovoid “capsules,” as the cabins that carry the passengers are called. Their number corresponds to the 32 boroughs that (together with the City of London) constitute Greater London. Each capsule has a capacity of 25 passengers and rests on motorized mounts that function in such a way that the capsule remains upright as the wheel turns. The wheel moves so slowly—two revolutions per hour—that it need not stop for boarding or disembarkation of passengers, except for those with disabilities.


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4 ) Buckingham Palace
Activity Category - Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer.

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.

Today, Buckingham Palace is very much a working building and the centrepiece of the UK’s constitutional monarchy, serving as the venue for many royal events and ceremonies from entertaining foreign Head of States to celebrating achievement at Investitures and receptions.

More than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests to State banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and Garden Parties. Her Majesty also holds weekly audiences with the Prime Minister and receives newly-appointed foreign Ambassadors at Buckingham Palace.


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5 ) Thames River
Activity Category - River

The River Thames, known alternatively in parts as the Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. London's river Thames is famous for landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Shakespeare's Globe. Take a river cruise all the way to the Thames Barrier or drift back from Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy a meal at a Thames riverside restaurant or race up the river on a speedboat.

Celebrating all things river-related, Totally Thames brings together art, music, activities and special events in September each year. Other highlights to add to your calendar include the Boat Race and the Virgin Money London marathon in April, the Great River Race and the impressive Mayor's New Year's Eve fireworks display at the end of December.


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6 ) Changing of the Guard
Activity Duration - Daily 11:30am     Activity Category - Attraction

See the New Guard exchange duty with the Old Guard in the famous Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.

The guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is made up of soldiers on active duty from the Household Division’s Foot Guards. The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.


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7 ) Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Activity Category - Palace

The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London's most iconic landmarks and must-see London attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg). The clock tower looks spectacular at night when the four clock faces are illuminated.

The Palace of Westminster, better known today as the Houses of Parliament, is the oldest royal palace in London, a world heritage site and one of most recognised buildings in the world. Built on the site of a medieval palace, and possibly a Roman Temple dedicated to Apollo, the palace has been in continuous use since the first half of the 11th century.

The most famous part of the building is the Clock Tower which houses, Big Ben. Victoria Tower, the southern tower, is 102m high and was the largest and tallest tower in the world. On top is 15m flagpole which fly’s the Union flag when parliament is ‘sitting’.


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8 ) Old Trafford
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Stadium

Old Trafford, situated south of Manchester city centre, forms a famous sporting double act with the "other" Old Trafford, and is the third home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. They began life at Moss Lane until 1847, then moved to Chester Road before being evicted in 1856. Old Trafford has hosted Tests since 1884 and remains a special venue with a rich history. It guaranteed itself a place in cricket's eternal hall of fame when the permanently understated Jim Laker destroyed Australia, in 1956, on an old-fashioned "sticky wicket", with match figures of 19 for 90. Australia were the victims again in 1981 when Ian Botham lit up a damp Manchester day by hooking Dennis Lillee off his eyebrows into the stands, and in 1995 Dominic Cork ensured anyone having a Sunday morning snooze was rudely woken with one of most dramatic opening overs ever seen, as he took his hat-trick against West Indies. During the 1990s, Old Trafford became Lancashire's fortress of one-day cricket - few teams managed to break down the defences of the Red Rose one-day side. In 1999, over 22,000 watched Pakistan against India in the World Cup and the ground regularly sells out for international cricket. But it is now going through a transitional phase; the pavilion required major renovation work in the 2003 winter and two stands have been demolished. The realisation that a cricket ground spends much of the time idle has prompted Lancashire to introduce other sources of income, the Old Trafford Lodge being one of the most successful. Music concerts (such as the Move festival) have also been a huge success, and even though they are staged during the cricket season, the ground is ready for play a matter of days later.


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9 ) Etihad Stadium (City of Manchester Stadium)
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Stadium

The stadium has a striking sculptural form. As one approaches the building, the views towards it terminate the key view corridors, helping to define its sense of place. The building also responds to local context – the canal corridor and the housing south of Ashton New Road.
 
The elliptical form is oriented so as to place the stadium's tallest parts in the middle of the site, whilst the lower northern and southern aspects acknowledge the sensitive neighbouring uses. The objective for the stadium to be part of a lively local setting is partly assured by its incorporation in the new Sportcity complex, with the leisure and residential functions that are included in the overall development.


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10 ) The Lowry
Activity Category - Attraction

A magnificent building alongside Salford Quays, inside visitors will find three stunning theatres alongside galleries showcasing artists of local, national and international renown.

The Lyric (the largest stage in England outside London) and the more intimate Quays. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West End musicals, the very best in drama, live bands, famous comedians, plus world class dance and opera. From Peter Kay to the Kirov Ballet, Morrissey to Alan Bennett and much more.

The Lowry Galleries showcase changing exhibitions by one of Britain's best loved artists, LS Lowry, as well as paintings, sculpture and photography from around the world. There's always something new and refreshing to see in the galleries. Gallery entry is free. For families, kids will love The Lowry, with its bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple and glass walls but it also has lots of secret corners waiting to be discovered. 


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11 ) Imperial War Museum North
Activity Duration - open daily 10am–5pm.     Activity Category - Museum

The Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) in Manchester, England, tells the story of how war has affected the lives of British and the Commonwealth citizens since 1914.

The design concept is a globe shattered into fragments and then reassembled. The interlocking of three of these fragments—representing earth, air, and water—comprise the building’s form. The Earth Shard forms the museum space, signifying the open, earthly realm of conflict and war; the Air Shard serves as a dramatic entry into the museum, with its projected images, observatories and education spaces; and the Water Shard forms the platform for viewing the canal, complete with a restaurant, cafe, deck and performance space.


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12 ) Science and Industry Museum
Activity Duration - Open daily, 10am - 5pm.     Activity Category - Museum

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is a place full of amazing objects and world changing ideas.

Visit the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway warehouse, built in 1830. Find out how our revolutionary railroad changed Manchester and the world forever. Be inspired by the wonder of science, enjoy live demonstrations of historic working machinery, take part in fun science shows and lots more.

The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the nation's oldest and largest institutions devoted to the display and exploration of scientific and technological advancements.

Though a community effort, the museum owes its founding primarily to the vision and philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald, one of Chicago's wealthiest merchandisers. In 1911, while vacationing with his family in Germany, Rosenwald visited the Deutsches Museum in Munich, a museum that focused on industrial and scientific processes and promoted visitor participation with the exhibits. Repeated contacts with the museum's director convinced Rosenwald that Chicago should have such an institution. In 1921 he proposed the idea to the Commercial Club of Chicago. By 1926 the museum was incorporated, backed financially by a $3 million gift from Rosenwald and a city bond issue. At the time of his death in 1932, Rosenwald had contributed roughly $7 million in cash and stock donations.


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13 ) Edinburgh Castle
Activity Duration - Open daily. Summer: 9:30am - 6pm, Winter: 9:30am - 5pm. Closed Dec 25 & 26     Activity Category - Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction.


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14 ) Manchester Museum
Activity Duration - open daily 10am–5pm     Activity Category - Museum

The origins of The Manchester Museum lie in the collection of the Manchester manufacturer and collector John Leigh Philips (1761-1814). After his death, a small group of wealthy men banded together to buy his 'cabinet', and in 1821 they set up the Manchester Natural History Society.

The museum was the major focus of the Society, and it was housed from 1835 in grand premises on Peter Street. The collections continued to grow as members and others donated object from around the world. In 1850 the museum absorbed the collections of the Manchester Geological Society.


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15 ) Palace of Holyroodhouse
Activity Duration - April - October 09:30-18:00, November - March 09:30-16:30     Activity Category - Palace

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary multimedia tour in ten languages. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign as featured in the 2019 Universal Pictures movie Mary, Queen of Scots. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

The Queen's Galleryat the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.


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16 ) Royal Mile
Activity Category - Shopping Street

Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland's historic capital. A short walk away is the Grassmarket, an area steeped in the city's colourful history.

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.

Peppered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites including St Giles' Cathedral and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do. For a glimpse of recent history, be sure to visit the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament, a striking building boasting a cutting-edge design.


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17 ) Stirling Castle
Activity Duration - Daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in winter)     Activity Category - Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.

Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations.

Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments.

Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house.


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18 ) Princes Street
Activity Category - Attraction

princes street is unique with its shops lining only one side of the street, leaving the opposite side a lush and verdant garden space giving shoppers breathtaking views of the Old Town cityscape. Home to destination and flagship stores such as Debenhams, New Look, House of Fraser, Zara, Primark and the historic Jenners, Princes Street is the place to be to keep up with High Street fashion.

Tech enthusiasts will also be in their element, with the Apple Store at the east end of the street. Health and beauty brands are also all present and correct, including Boots, Superdrug and The Body Shop. Princes Street Gardens is the venue for seasonal markets including the Traditional German Christmas Market while the Edinburgh Farmers' Market selling fresh home-grown produce is held every Saturday from 9am - 2pm in nearby Castle Terrace.


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19 ) Linlithgow Palace
Activity Duration - 1 Apr to 30 Sept: Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm,1 Oct to 31 Mar: Daily, 10am to 4pm     Activity Category - Palace

Located some 15 miles (24 km) west of Edinburgh in the county of West Lothian, Scotland, The ruins of Linlithgow Palace overlook the deep blue waters of Linlithgow Loch. The palace has a long and fascinating history and was once the main home of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Construction probably started on the site during the 12th century with the creation of a royal manor which was replaced by a fortification known as ‘The Peel’ during 14th century. This was an English structure created by the men of the Edward I.

A favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I (1406-37) onward. Building work commissioned by James I, III, IV, V and VI can be seen. The great hall and chapel are particularly fine. James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542) were both born here.Surfaces inside the Palace are mainly stone slabs and small cobbles in the courtyard. The ticket office, shop and courtyard are accessible to visitors with disabilities. More mobile visitors should be able to access the first floor which forms the main part of the property. Access is available to Linlithgow Loch and extensive peel (park).


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20 ) Arthur's Seat
Activity Category - Attraction

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace.


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21 ) Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
Activity Duration - Wednesday 10am–5pm Thursday 10am–8pm Friday 11am–5pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 11am–5pm Monday 10am–5pm Tuesday 10am–5pm     Activity Category - Art Gallery

Scotland's most visited art gallery and the centre for Glasgow's extensive modern and contemporary art collection.


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22 ) Provand's Lordship
Activity Duration - Wednesday 10am–5pm Thursday 10am–5pm Friday 11am–5pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 11am–5pm Monday Closed Tuesday 10am–5pm     Activity Category - Castle

Provand’s Lordship was built in 1471. It is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow. The “auld hoose” is furnished with a fine selection of 17th-century historic furniture and royal portraits. Step back into medieval Glasgow with a visit to this fascinating building. Behind the building sits the St Nicholas Garden, a herb garden which is an oasis of calm, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Provand's Lordship is one of the two oldest houses in Glasgow and a sadly rare survivor of the many old buildings that once occupied the area around and beyond the top of Glasgow's High Street, some of which formed the precinct of Glasgow Cathedral. Today it looks across a very busy road to the superb castle-like building constructed in 1993 which houses the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

Provand's Lordship was built in 1471 by Andrew Muirhead, the Bishop of Glasgow, as part of St Nicholas's Hospital, which stood to the south of the house. The "front" of the house probably originally faced west, and the site now occupied by the St Mungo Museum formed part of the large and imposing Bishop's Castle, one of the most important buildings in medieval Glasgow.


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23 ) Glengoyne Distillery
Activity Duration - Daily: Mar – Nov: 10am-5pm, Dec-Feb: 10am- 4pm     Activity Category - Rum Distillery

The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery burn, as it is known, tumbles down the Dumgoyne Hill providing water for the 1.1 million litre capacity whisky distillery. In the past, the woodlands and undulations which covered the surrounding area gave superb shelter for the illegitimate distillations that were brought about by heavy spirit taxation.

In 1833, the local farmer, George Connell was granted the license to legally produce whisky in the area. He founded the Burnfoot Distillery, which became Glenguin Distillery in 1861, then, in 1906, became Glengoyne. The previous owners Lang Brothers were acquired by Robertson and Baxter. The distillery was renovated and a further still was installed. In 1984, Lang Brothers received a Royal Warrant, having supplied whisky to the Queen Mother. In April of 2003, Ian MacLeod acquired Lang's blended products and the Glengoyne distillery from the Edrington Group for £7.2 million.

It runs a combination of long (and very long) fermentations, while distillation in its three stills (one wash, two spirit) is extremely slow. All of the stills have boil bulbs, which increases the amount of copper availability, while the gentle heating of the wash and spirit also helps to maximise the amount of time the alcohol vapour can play with the copper. This maximising of reflux produces a gentle, sweet, and fruity new make.

 


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24 ) Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
Activity Category - National Park

A fine meal by the water's edge, with snow-capped mountains in the distance and the promise of a long walk in the woods tomorrow. In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, visitors will find wild scenery, thrilling history and superb local food and drink - all of which is easy to get to.

At the heart of the park is Loch Lomond itself. Visitors won't find a bigger loch or lake in the whole of Britain and they will have a hard time finding a more beautiful one, too.Take a cruise on the waters and admire the mighty bulk of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro, as well as the jagged shoulders of the Arrochar Alps. Visitors could maybe even visit one of the loch's 30 islands.


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25 ) Glasgow Cathedral
Activity Duration - Wednesday 10am–4pm Thursday 10am–4pm Friday 10am–4pm Saturday 10am–4pm Sunday 1–4pm Monday 10am–4pm Tuesday 10am–4pm     Activity Category - Historical Place

This medieval cathedral is thought to have been built on the site of St Kentigern’s tomb and marks the birthplace of the city of Glasgow. One of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact.


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26 ) People's Palace & Winter Gardens
Activity Duration - Wednesday 10am–5pm Thursday 10am–5pm Friday 11am–5pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 11am–5pm Monday 10am–5pm Tuesday 10am–5pm     Activity Category - Palace

The People’s Palace is set in historic Glasgow Green and tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the present day.


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27 ) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Activity Duration - Wednesday 10am–5pm Thursday 10am–5pm Friday 11am–5pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 11am–5pm Monday 10am–5pm Tuesday 10am–5pm     Activity Category - Art Gallery

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects.The collections at Kelvingrove are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally significant. They include natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history and much more.


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28 ) National Motorcycle Museum
Activity Duration - Wednesday 8:30am–5:30pm Thursday 8:30am–5:30pm Friday 8:30am–5:30pm Saturday 8:30am–5:30pm Sunday 8:30am–5:30pm Monday 8:30am–5:30pm Tuesday 8:30am–5:30pm     Activity Category - Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest British motorcycle museum in the world and originally opened its doors in October 1984 with a collection of 350 motorcycles on display. The Museum owes its formation to the drive and ambition of one man, Mr WR (Roy) Richards. Roy passed away in 2008 but his work continues under the guardianship of Roy’s Widow Christine & Son’s Simon and Nick with The Museum collection now boasting some 1000 plus machines, fully restored to the manufacturers original specifications.

Since opening, this magnificent centre has become the largest motorcycle museum in the world and attracts around 250,000 visitors a year. One of the biggest attractions for many guests is the comprehensive cross-section of British machines, spanning the “60 Glorious Year” of motorcycle manufacturing in this country. The museum’s aim is to preserve these pieces of history for future generations to come, as a reminder of this great nations industry, engineering prowess and work ethic.


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29 ) Cadbury World
Activity Category - Attraction

Cadbury World's Chocolatier Experience offers the opportunity to experience the magic of Cadbury chocolate first-hand. From learning how people's favourite confectionery is made and uncovering the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate, to playing in chocolate rain and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk whilst visitors watch  chocolatiers reveal the secrets of traditional chocolate making. visitors will discover the origins of the cocoa bean amidst trees and waterfalls in the Aztec Jungle, before jumping on board the magical Cadabra ride and visiting the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone, a 4D cinema experience featuring Cadbury's most popular characters.


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30 ) National SEA LIFE® Centre Birmingham
Activity Category - Attraction

Exotic marine creatures including otters, jellyfish, piranhas and razor-jawed hammerhead sharks swim in the Sir Norman Foster–designed National Sea Life Centre. Prepurchase tickets online for fast-track entry and significant discounts off walk-in rates. Talks and feedings take place regularly. Book online too for 30-minute behind-the-scenes tours offering access to otherwise out-of-bounds areas,and for one-hour tours feeding turtles, penguins or (if you're game) shark.

Come and have an underwater adventure at the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham with 60 displays of freshwater and marine life, featuring over 2000 creatures. Don’t miss the chance to walk in UK’s only 360° Ocean Tunnel where sharks, rays and even a giant green sea turtle will be swimming right by visitors

There are 15 zones where  kids can meet the wonderfully bizarre creatures of the water world - from the majestic jellyfish to the vicious piranhas. Stroke a starfish, feel crab shells in the Rock pool and in the 4-D cinema go on visitors own Amazon Adventure.

 


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31 ) LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham
Activity Category - Attraction

This indoor twist on a Legoland theme park builds up the fun with its miniature city, rides and play area but crumbles when it comes to entertaining older kids.

It starts promisingly: we hopped on the Kingdom Quest ride, zapping trolls and skeletons with a laser gun, and got off in Miniland – the highlight for us. This cleverly designed miniature city of 50 local landmarks includes an interactive football match between local rivals Birmingham City and Aston Villa and a cricket match at Edgbaston. From there, we entered the main hub – a large open space with truckloads of Lego bricks, a build and test area, a Duplo Farm, 4D cinema and small fairground-like ride.


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32 ) Pen Museum
Activity Category - Museum

The Pen Museum focuses on the important legacy of Birmingham’s 19th Century pen trade and its significant contribution to improving literacy throughout the world. It’s located in a former pen factory, built in 1863, where visitors experience writing with feather quills, reeds and steel nibs and can also make their own nib using traditional methods. The Museum narrates the interesting lives, stories and important expertise of manufacturers, owners and workers that resulted in Birmingham once manufacturing 75% of the world’s pens.  Explore the collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham Pen Trade. Our team is also happy to answer (where possible) general questions about pens.


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33 ) Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Activity Duration - open every day from 10am to 5pm     Activity Category - Museum

From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology.

Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building at Thinktank visitors will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire visitors, showing visitors the science of the world all around us. Including the Science Garden, Planetarium and an exciting programme of events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology.See the amazingly preserved Thinktank Icthyosaur and find out about the creatures that shared the Earth with it. Visit the Spitfire Gallery and learn all about this iconic piece of British design, its role in the Second World War and its lasting legacy on the city of Birmingham.


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34 ) Winterbourne House and Garden
Activity Duration - open daily: November through March from 10:30am to 4pm, and April through October from 10:30am to 5:30pm.     Activity Category - Attraction

Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden.Offering colour and interest throughout the year, the seven acre Grade II listed garden is home to a beautiful walled garden, striking colour themed borders, original sandstone rock garden and stream side planting.

The garden also displays plants from around the globe with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the alpine areas of the world. There is a programme of public garden events running throughout the year including open days, special interest tours, local heritage days and music concerts . Visitors can enjoy lunch or refreshments in the terrace tea room.


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Festival

1 ) Diwali In Leicester

Festival Month - October

Diwali in Leicester is most famous religious festival of England, UK. With gorgeous fireworks, street décor, carnivals, music shows and dance performances; Leicester celebrates Diwali in full glory for two weeks. It is the grandest and most popular religious festival of England, UK and one of the biggest outside India. Admire the twinkling lights, enjoy the peppy songs and dances and indulge with mouth-watering Indian delicacies.


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2 ) Hogmanay: New Year In Scotland

Festival Month - December

In Scotland, the celebration on the last day of the year is popular as Hogmanay. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most famous festivals in United Kingdom, where along with music concerts, games and carnivals, Hogmanay is rejoiced following a local tradition called ‘first footing’. This celebration starts after midnight, where the person enters his neighbour or friend’s house to gift him cake, shortbread, whiskey and cookies, wishing him good luck for the new year. Hogmanay celebration also involves fireball swinging and marching up to the top of Lomond Hills.


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3 ) burns night

Festival Month - January

Burns Night is a celebration of life and work of famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This is one of the handpicked United Kingdom Festivals, where the great masterpieces of this poet are remembered and matched with traditional Scottish food and drinks, on the poet’s birthday. The Burns Supper was first held in 1801 and continuing over 200 years to emphasise the tradition and culture.


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4 ) Hay Festival: A Cultural Feast In UK

Festival Month - May

There are many popular and important festivals of UK and Hay Festival is one of the most popular names in the list. This is the annual literature festival, held in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Featuring live music shows, book launches, book fairs and film screening; Hay Festival pulls great volume of native people and tourists, for over 10 days.


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5 ) Notting Hill Carnival: A Glorious Street Carnival

Festival Month - August

Since 1966, this is an annual music feast, that takes place on Notting Hill Street, London. Celebrated every year in August, this was the greatest UK music festivals 2019 had witnessed. One can witness live performances of costume clad Caribbean dancers, calypso and zouk music. It will be a great experience to indulge with local and authentic Caribbean street food, that have roots in Europe and the UK


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6 ) Guy Fawkes Day

Festival Month - November

Also called the “Bonfire Night”, this festival is celebrated all over the UK on 5th November. Everywhere in the country, the British light bonfires as well as fireworks, mostly in their back gardens or streets. These days, they have also started lighting these at organized events in public parks. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the situation where Catholic Guy Fawkes’ had failed to blow up the Protestant Houses of Parliament on the 5th of November in 1605.


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