Welcome to United Kingdom
Love travelling? And in case United Kingdom is on your bucket list, you are surely making a perfect choice. Being considered as the 6th biggest tourist destination in the world, it has never failed to prove it to be known as a ‘heartthrob’ of millions.
Country Quick Facts
United Kingdom is the world’s fifth biggest economy with a fusion of four countries namely Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. It is considered to be a sovereign state and is located in the Northern Europe. Some of the cities belonging to UK are England, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and many others. The country is not ruled by monarchs instead they are represented by the Parliament that is in London but it has the powers to look upon the working of the whole of UK.
Area: 242,495 sq. km
The most commonly preferred language in UK is English however, the language can vary in its dialects. On the other hand some regional languages still exist. One of the countries in UK, Wales carry Welsh as its official language with 700,000 speakers of the same. Apart from Welsh and English, it has been confirmed that those people who are not into English speaking acknowledge ‘Polish’ as their primary language. UK’s population is not even 1% of the world’s population and, thus, it has pinned its place on the 21st position among countries’ list based on the size of population.
United Kingdom’s official currency is the ‘Pound Sterling’ which are available in the form of coins and banknotes. It is symbolically presented as ‘£’ and carries a plural name ‘Pounds’. The coins are available in the denominations of Penny, Ten pence, Twenty pence, Two pence, £1, 50p, £2, 5p and banknotes are available as £50, £10, £5, £20. On comparing 1 Pound sterling with UK Dollars, it came out as 1 Pound Sterling= 1.28 USD and with that of the Indian Rupee is 87.93 INR. The division of each pound is done into 100 pence. There is no shortage of ATMs in this place, since they are evenly distributed in all its areas.
UK experiences regular weather changes rather than extreme weather conditions. Irrespective of the season, erratic conditions are quite prevalent in the region. The temperature witnessed here during the winters ranging at around -10 degrees Celsius and on the other hand, during summers it may reach up to 30 degrees Celsius. UK receives only 30% of the total sunshine that any region could have received thus, as a conclusion it is scarce at times. The rainfall in UK is on a different extent in different countries depending upon their land’s existence.
Time: UK follows a single standard-time zone and that is the British Summer time (BST). The region is 8 hours forth the Pacific Standard time.
Electricity: United Kingdom’s standard voltage ranges between 220-240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The plugs used in UK consist of three flat prongs and can also be used in Ireland. In case, your country experiences the same standard voltage you can use your electrical appliances in UK without any hassle.
Weight & Measurement: Metric system of weight and measurement is used in UK except some of the regions which are inclined towards Imperial system.
Telecommunications: Whole of the UK has permanent broadband services and Internet facilities provided to the residents. There are many telecom service providers present in UK and some of them are BT, Vodafone, Virgin, Talk Talk etc. If you need to avail the international calls services, there are many telecom offices available for your assistance.
Top Cities of United Kingdom
UK is a hub of the best cities with an exotic collection of stunning views, landscapes and obviously, the cuisines. Some of them are listed
Food & Drink
United Kingdom is renowned worldwide not only for its tourist attractions and economy, but also for the super-amazing as well as tempting cuisines that is a perfect blend of good taste and satisfaction. Never miss out on the variety of dishes this place has to offer for each and every person who visits here! This full English dish undoubtedly deserves a handful of praise as it is solely the real comfort that every foodie aspires for!
Bangers and Mash
: A simple meal and a delicious fusion of sausages and mashed potatoes.
Most common to be eaten for breakfast in UK and is a cheaper option too. Made from baked buns and cooked bacon.
The wine industry of Britain is witnessing a rapid development and it has more than 300 different wine producers.
As popular as a tea in UK. It is consumed either with milk or black (without milk).
UK has a tradition of drinking tea from the ancient days. It is served hot with biscuits.
A traditional cuisine in Wales and a perfect company for being served with tea.
Bread and butter pudding
Unlike its name, the taste in not like a bread and butter but this is way too tastier
UK’s favourite soup with an incorporation of meat. Potatoes, carrots, leek and swede.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
A steamy cake dipped in a liquid form of toffee. The pudding and an ice-cream scoop make the perfect pair.
Culture of United Kingdom
UK is acknowledged as a developed state with a liberal democracy right from the starting of its journey since the ancient days. It is following the British Culture and is also considered to be a great influencer to the culture of Europe. Each of the four countries present in UK has different customs, beliefs and traditions. The British culture believes in providing special priorities to some of its important aspects which include music, British literature, cinema, art, education etc.
Immigration from Europe and overseas has led to increase in the diversity of culture presently in United Kingdom. There are no specific etiquettes that one needs to follow if present in UK, instead they are just advised to behave decently and respect the local culture carried by the people.
Residents of Britain are very polite and their way of welcoming and greeting the foreigners is really sweet. They might behave shy during the first meet but actually they are friendly. Men and Women in UK are facilitated with an equal status and work with no differentiation. Being a crowded country, the people here mind their own business and prefer to maintain their personal space.
The most followed religion here is Christianity however, other religions are followed by only 3 percent of the people residing in UK. However, 60% of the adults here do not believe in god. The majorly celebrated festivals in this region are Christmas day, New Year, Good Friday and Easter.
Top Activities in United Kingdom
Self Drive Travel in Malaysia
Explore the immense, wide- open spaces and the fascinating landscape of Australia but not through flights, instead by wheels. The country facilitates you with the best self-drive experiences through the beautiful scenes between the urban cities and the perfect beaches. Australia offers every kind of road trips be it in length, difficulty or the number of landscapes covered. Get out and hit the Australian roads with your own perfect vision for this dream destination.
The type and the surface of the road networks in Australia vary greatly. The point that needs to be noted is that the Australian drivers drive from the right hand side. It follows a stricter list of rules and regulations for driving on the roads. The highways and the expressways are easy and smooth to be travelled presenting you with beautiful scenes during your self-drive. Apart from this, talking about the signs and symbols on the roads in Australia they are nothing less than those in other countries and are thus quite clear and understandable. Driving on roads here is easy but you need to get ready for the long distances, rules and regulations and the Outback roads.
Urban Adventures in Australia
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is considered as one of the most marvellous attractions in Australia. As notified, this tourist attraction is also renowned as the world’s tallest steel arch bridge having a height of 134 metres. Climb the Harbour Bridge, stand on the top and enjoy the whole 360 degrees view of Sydney that undoubtedly looks alluring. The bridge acts as a connection between Sydney central Business district and the North Shore that lies across the Sydney Harbour. In case you are an adventure lover and in Australia, climbing up this bridge and reaching its top is no less than an activity filled with fun, thrill and excitement.
Situated in the Western Australia, the horizontal falls are breath-taking. They are situated deep in the Kimberley region. Its coast witness the rising of the red cliffs and the dotting of 800 islands in the turquoise coloured sea. It is featured as one of the most exotic natural features of Australia. The activities at this place are no less than an adventure in which you can jump on the jet boat and experience the immense beauty and purity of the crystal clear water of through these massive waterfalls. Here, you can enjoy the delicious lunch at the Talbot bay which is considered to be a really calm place.
The Cape Tribulation is known as the home to two of the planet's richest ecosystems - coral reef and rainforest. Here, they are witnessed producing a great view when they meet along the splendid white beaches. Also, the oldest rainforest of the globe i.e. Daintree Rainforest is situated here where you will experience a zip-line tour incorporating surfing through the canopy of this natural beauty and hear about our ecosystem. It is a hub of remote beaches and the scenic landscape. Whether it be the guided night walks, jungle surfing or swimming, the Cape Tribulation serves as an all-in-one package for your exquisite trip to Australia. Take some time out for nature and communicate as deeply as you can by being in close connection with the rainforests and the wildlife of the cape Tribulation.
Majorly acknowledged as one of Australia's legendary 4WD adventures, the Gibb River Road is a hub of the most interesting thrilled and antique activities. Hike in the wild, swim in the gorges’ cold water, experience sunset like never before on safaris and experience the relieving natural hot springs. It commences from the Derby situated on the west coast and concludes at the Wyndham on the state's eastern border. The best time to visit this place is anytime from May to October. If you want a risky four wheeler experience, you are at a perfect place as it requires real guts to try all the adventurous activities at the Gibb River Road.
Thanks to the environmentalists who made efforts to prevent the Franklin River from being dammed and thus, the travellers are able to enjoy one of the world’s greatest rafting adventures. Located in Tasmania, if we talk about the wildlife present here you might commonly find wallabies, platypus, and black cockatoos. The river paves its ways through the Gordon Franklin Wild Rivers National Park and World Heritage area. There is no need for you to be an experienced person in this one but obviously you have to be physically fit to be eligible for trying out the rafting on the Franklin River. If you really aspiring to visit one of the most beautiful places of Tasmania, then the Franklin River for sure has to be there in your ‘to-visit’ list.