The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the few empires that still exist in the world. In addition to that, it is a great place for people to visit, whether it is to explore culture and history or something else entirely. If you are on the fence about visiting the UK, we hope these reasons will help you decide.
Be careful not to call it soccer, but football instead. The country is home to some of the most famous football teams in the world, including Manchester United and even some of the oldest teams in the world, like the Rangers. We have an amazing culture surrounding the sport, complete with fan clubs, enthusiasts, events, and even whole pubs dedicated to a certain team.
Football is, arguably, the most famous sport in the world and while there are teams that are not from the UK that are amazing, it is important to remember that this is the place where it all started. We are still going strong.
There are too many buildings and monuments to visit in a single trip. In one of my posts, I described some of the major places you would need to visit in London alone. This isn’t to say that London is the only place in Britain worth visiting. Far from it.
The castles in the Scottish highlands, the Stonehenge, and a large number of intricate gardens should be more than enough to satisfy even the most hungry of travelers. Hadrian’s Wall, York Minster, and even the Roman Baths all provide excellent stories for you to tell your grandkids.
The usual stereotype about the Brits is that they cannot cook, not anything edible, at least. However, I am here to debunk that statement. There is a reason chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey have had a number of cooking shows and have reached a level of international recognition that cannot be denied.
That being said, you are still more than welcome to try out the traditional snack of the land – fish and chips. For the braver among you, you can even try the local specialties, like the Scottish haggis, or the Welsh Laverbread and Bara Brith. Tasting what the UK has to offer is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
It had to be said – we are in a place where it is very easy to get lost in thought as you gaze upon the lakes, the mountains, and the meadows in the UK. One could argue that you could get this scenery just about anywhere, but this is one of the major selling points in travelling through Britain.
Last, but certainly not least, is the culture of the land. It is important to note that the Welsh, the Scotts, the Irish, and the English all have different cultures. That being said, there is a certain mentality that you will not find anywhere else in the world.
To get a clearer picture of what I’m talking about, I would recommend purchasing or borrowing a book by George Mikes, entitled How to Be a Brit. It is a satirical book that raises a number of interesting points. One of them is the country’s fascination with tea, not just a drink, but a time of day and the accompanying meal. In the book, Mikes tackles some of the notions of the local relationship with foreigners, the love of queuing, and the mentality that has a certain way of responding to dangerous situations. It is a good read that should not be taken too seriously.