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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

The United Kingdom is the world's 6th biggest tourist destination.

Visas

Citizens of most EU member do not require a visa when entering as a tourist. Entry clearance is required for nationals of the following countries who intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the USA.

For more information visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Major cities

 London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield ect.

Top tourist attractions

  • Stonehenge
  • York Minster
  • Portmeirion
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Roman Baths at Bath
  • Warwick Castle
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The Tower of London
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The London Eye

Activities

The United Kingdom boasts a long, rich and vibrant history, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

Surface

The physical geography of the UK varies greatly. The geology of the United Kingdom is varied and diverse. This gives up to the wide variety of landscapes found across the UK. The ten tallest mountains in the UK are all found in Scotland.

Climate

Regional climates in the United Kingdom are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and latitude. Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of England and Scotland, being closest to the Atlantic, are generally the mildest, wettest and windiest regions of the UK, and temperature ranges here are seldom extreme. Eastern areas are drier, cooler, less windy and also experience the greatest daily and seasonal temperature variations. Northern areas are generally cooler, wetter and have a slight bigger temperature range than southern areas.

Taxes

Standard Rate 20% (since Jan 2011). Reduced Rate 5%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 2 January – (Scotland Only)
  • 17 March – St Patrick's Day (Northern Ireland only)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday – (not Scotland)
  • 29 April 2011 - Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton
  • 2 May (first Monday in May) Early May Bank Holiday
  • 9 May – Liberation Day (Jersey, Guernsey)
  • 30 May (last Monday in May) Spring Bank Holiday – See Bank Holiday
  • 1st or 2nd Saturday in June – Queen's Official Birthday (not an official public holiday as it is already on a non-working day)
  • 5 July – Tynwald Day (Isle of Man)
  • 12 July – Battle of the Boyne, otherwise known as "Orangeman's Day" or "The Twelfth". (Northern Ireland only)
  • 1 August (First Monday in August) Bank Holiday – (Scotland)
  • 29 August (Last Monday in August) August Bank Holiday – (England & Wales)
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

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Source: www.wikipedia.org