United Kingdom: Explore the Grandeur


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First trip to Europe? Then you must see London. From Buckingham Palace to Wembley Stadium, there are numerous iconic places to visit.

Then, head north to Birmingham – the global city with a local heart. It really does have something for everyone, including medieval cathedrals, a family theme park, world class dining, and a tour of the city’s best pubs (including one that serves ale called Purity Mad Goose).

The city of Manchester is another adventure of art and architecture, a celebration of its industrial past and futuristic present. It’s also a showcase for international artists of all kinds ? try to catch one of Manchester’s unique, summer festivals – celebrating jazz, art and theater.

The port city of Newcastle upon Tyne on England’s North Coast is another active tourist center, renowned for its impressive theatrical offerings, lively nightlife and eclectic art shows.

Scotland’s Glasgow is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe with cutting-edge theater, magnificent Victorian buildings, and must-see art exhibits such as the Burrell Collection.

Belfast is a wonderful melange of big city nightlife and rural beauty. Try the vibrant restaurant scene featuring a new generation of chefs – and don’t miss the Tall Ships, sailing into view in August.

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British Airways uses three airports in London: London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and London City Airport (LCY). Other airports include Birmingham International (BHX), Manchester Airport (MAN), Newcastle Airport (NCL), Glasgow International (GLA), and Belfast International (BFS)

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Published: May 7, 2009