About UK Map
: The UK map gives you the accurate location of the country and its geographical features. It shows the relief pattern, political boundaries, and important features of the country such as mountain
ranges, mountain peaks, rivers
, lakes, and seas. An ideal guide for travelers, this UK Map depicts major roads, airports, seaports and cities, including the capital city of London. The map provides information about the major attractions in the UK such as Buckingham Palace
, London Eye, Grand Opera House, Wallace Monument, National Museum, and many others. This easily downloadable map is a rich source of information and is very useful for educational purposes, tourism, business, and ready references. The interactive map of UK enables users to get precise information by clicking on any region on the map..
History of the UK
The United Kingdom has a rich history spanning many millennia. Today, one would recognize the UK for its colonial conquests and building a huge empire upon which the sun would never set. But many centuries ago, the United Kingdom was not a major power nation but itself formed a part of the great Roman Empire
for more than 400 years.
The Romans ruled from 43 AD to 410 AD until the German settlers, the Anglo Saxons, invaded Britain. They controlled Britain until the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Much of Britain's cultural development took place under the Roman and Norman rule. By 1282, the English took over Wales, and by 1536 an act was signed to complete the union of England
By 1603, England and Scotland were also united under the crown. Finally, in 1707, England and Scotland
were unified as Great Britain
The political union of England, Wales, Scotland (called Great Britain) and Ireland was completed on 1801, and lasted until 1921.
During this period, Ireland continued its struggle for independence. In 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed and the Irish Free State was established. In the early 20th century, Northern Ireland
was officially separated from the rest of Ireland
If you are curious to know something insightful, visit our page on the history of the United Kingdom
UK Geography Facts
- The UK is located in Western Europe, between the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, separated from the French coast by the English Channel.
- The United Kingdom is a political union of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales with each region having its unique history, culture, and customs.
- A man-made tunnel beneath the English Channel, popularly called the Chunnel, links France to the United Kingdom.
- The UK has a coastline of 7,723 miles and is surrounded by water on all sides.
- The United Kingdom has mild temperate climate but the weather condition changes abruptly and the rains are quite unpredictable.
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The UK is the world's eighth most popular destination. Major cities for tourism in the United Kingdom include London, Belfast (Ireland) and Edinburgh (Scotland). With English as the primary language and several world heritage sites, the United Kingdom has a wide appeal as a tourist destination. Some of the famous tourist attractions in the country include:
London is a fascinating destination comprising a rich culture and history showcased in art galleries and museums that dot the city. London is home to amazing green parks, shopping malls, a vibrant theatre scene and fine dining experience. Some of the most amazing attractions here include the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Thames River, Tower Bridge, and the famous double-decker buses.
Seeped in mystery, Stonehenge is one of the Wonders of the world
. Tracing its origin back to antiquity, Stonehenge comprises earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones.
Cambridge is not only a popular tourist destination but is also home to the University of Cambridge, which is one of the top universities in the world. Here you would also find The King's College Chapel, a popular tourist site.
It is the second largest national park in the country and is located in the county of Cumbria. Known for its scenic landscape, the national park is popular among hikers and climbers. It has been estimated that around 14 million people visit the park every year.
The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh
is steeped in history. The Old Town is best known for its famous street, the Royal Mile, while the New Town is popular among tourists for its neoclassical architecture.
When you watch this interesting video
on famous tourist destinations in UK, you will get to know Edinburgh better.
Culture and people
English is the official language of the United Kingdom. Recognized regional languages include Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, and Cornish.
Christian is the largest religion followed in the United Kingdom followed by Islam and Hinduism.
Some of the prominent writers, philosophers, and poets of the country include Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Robert Burns, Samuel Johnson, Percy Shelly, Lord Byron, HG Wells and others.
The West End is the main theatre district in the United Kingdom.
UK has a number of airports. The largest airport in UK by traffic volume is London Heathrow Airport
. It is one of the world's busiest airports. The second largest airport is Gatwick Airport
and the third largest is Manchester Airport.
UK's rail network consists of two independent parts - Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Since 1994, Great Britain has been connected to mainland Europe through the Channel Tunnel, while the network of Northern Ireland is connected to that of the Republic of Ireland.
London Underground, which is commonly known as the Tube, is the most well-known rapid transit system in the country. Opened in 1863, it is the oldest rapid transit system in the world. To know the places in London that the metro connects, see this detailed London Tube map
- Windsor Castle is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the United Kingdom. It is also the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
- An Indian delicacy, the Chicken Tikka Masala, has been named as the new national dish of the United Kingdom.
- The ravens are the most celebrated residents of the Tower of London.
- English physician and scientist Christopher Merret is said to have invented Champagne.
- The British Library, which is located in London, is the largest in the world.
- The United Kingdom does not have a written constitution.
- One of the most developed countries of the world, the United Kingdom was once famous for controlling a quarter of the earth's land area.
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Last Update on : April 7, 2016