Popular flights to United Kingdom
- From London, United Kingdom to Belfast$166RTGOOD6/13 - 6/23
- From Madrid to Edinburgh$177RT 6/2 - 6/10
- From Lisbon to Birmingham, United Kingdom$184RTGOOD6/2 - 6/6
- From Venice, Italy to Belfast$242RT 6/4 - 6/8
- From New York City to Leeds Bradford$605RTGOOD6/11 - 6/15
- From New York City to Belfast$726RT 6/1 - 6/15
Visit Great Britain
Great Britain comprises of England, Scotland and Wales, and forms part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, one of the world’s most influential countries and most sought-after travel destinations in the world. Whether you are a lover of history, art enthusiast, traveling for business, interested in trade, or just wanting to soak up a fun and welcoming culture, you will be in awe with what Great Britain has to offer. There is much to discover there, including exploring leading cities, charming small towns and villages, historic sites and castles, beautiful green landscapes, and of course, the surrounding beautiful coastline.
Great Britain is an ideal place to start any European adventure, but it’s a big adventure in its own. You can choose to see London’s Big Ben, visit Windsor Castle, drive to Stonehenge, walk around Edinburgh's medieval streets, and the list of iconic activities doesn’t stop there. While in Great Britain, you get to mingle with Brits, eat delicious foods, partake in epic pub crawls and famous customs and culture, and enjoy your time like never before.
Great Britain brings together the cultures from England, Scotland and Wales together in one wonderful travel experience. Want to make Great Britain a destination? Keep reading.
There are many great qualities about Great Britain, and we’re starting in no particular order with England, the largest of the four nations on the island. England is most famously known for the city of London, which we delve into further down below. England offers treasures in many additional regions, and we’ll attempt to describe a few of these first. You will need to decide whether you care to spend time in quaint villages, the countryside or The best way to experience England is by renting a car and driving from place to place. Regardless where you are in England, the English charm alone will win you over. Go to a bakery or get a cup of English tea in the afternoon to soak in the culture.
The largest county in England, Yorkshire, is a place every traveler should see. Walk through beautiful green moors, learn about its rich history and cultural legacy, and visit incredible cities like its capital York. Dating back to the centuries of Celtic settlement, you can imagine the treasures you can uncover just from walking around the corner. In York, check out York Minster, the biggest medieval church in the country with beautiful views of the city. Before you leave Yorkshire, make sure to take a peek at the famous Whitby Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery dating back to 657AD, in North Yorkshire, overlooking the North Sea. There is also the Richmond Castle, just 60 miles away.
Oxfordshire - to some - is arguably one of the most popular regions in England, in the South East end of the country. Rich with academia, literary locations and beautiful architecture, an Oxfordshire visit is certainly worth the 60-mile drive from London. It's no secret that the acclaimed University of Oxford is situated in Oxfordshire, arguably the oldest university in the English-speaking world (it is ranked 6th in the world by QS World University Rankings® - 3rd in the world by academics). You can see the university's Oxford Gothic style buildings all throughout the city, and not-surprisingly, they inspired the city's nickname, City of Dreaming Spires. Famous university spots include the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s first university museum, and Christ Church College’s dining hall. You may have recognized this dining hall on a Harry Potter film, during scenes played at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
When in London
There is the ever so popular and historic city of London, of course, in England. There is nothing like hearing the Big Ben at the top of the hour as you walk through Westminster Abbey and by Elizabeth Tower. Keep heading north until you reach the famous Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London, known as the heart of the city. Don’t miss the National Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Paul’s Church, the British Museum and Drury Lane, and Covent Garden while in the area! If you’re not afraid of heights, take a seat in the famous London Eye at some point in the night, the giant Ferris wheel that sits across the River Thames from the Big Ben - you’ll get amazing views of the city from atop.
Some of the countryside beauty of Great Britain is to the west in Wales, the smallest of the nations in Great Britain. Admire the spectacular views of over 600 castles, stunning green landscapes, mountains, beautiful parks, waterfalls and coastal escapes. Wales is said to have more castles per square mile than any other place on Earth, so if you’re searching for that fairytale European castle scenery, this might just be the best place to find it.
Wales itself, a.k.a. Cymru in Welsh, is divided into 21 regions, each speaking both English and Welsh.
The cosmopolitan city of Cardiff, its capital city, is a special place full of history and scenery, including a stunning castle. A famous area in Wales is called Snowdonia (who doesn’t want to go there just by that name?). This range of mountains is legendary; ask locals to the tales of King Arthur (who they say was Welsh). If you have the chance, visit Caernarfon Castle, known as one of the most impressive medieval fortresses in Europe. The best part about Wales are its people. The Welsh are very easy going, they are lovers of sports like football (soccer) and rugby, and if you sit next to one at a pub, you’ll be sure to hear an interesting story.
Last but not least in the tales of Great Britain is the beautiful country of Scotland, situated in the north part of the British Isles. Did you know Scotland is comprised of 790 islands? Scotland is steeped in culture and history, home to iconic cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is a place to marvel at stunning castles, historic churches, wonderful museums and fun customs. Just as impressive is Scotland’s contributions in the arts, education, finance and culture. Did you know Scotland gave birth to famous scientists and writers like Alexander Fleming and Sir Walter Scott? And in case you're wondering, English is spoken in Scotland, but you can also pick up a bit of Gaelic while perusing their streets.
This section will not be able to cover thousands of years of their history, but we will focus on a few important places of interest for those who dare venture into this wonderful place.
Central Scotland is typically the place you want to start your Scottish adventure, home to Scotland's two biggest cities, Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow. The spectacular Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, and Princes Street, Glasgow's People's Palace and the Glasgow Necropolis are but a few of the landmarks you can't miss in these cities. If you love fishing, drive northwest of Glasgow to Britain's largest lake, Loch Lomond. You'll also find fishing villages across the Fife coastline, and don't forget about exploring the beautifully wooded country of lowland Perthshire. Your time in Central Scotland is not complete without spending time in some of the country's best pubs and restaurants.
From there, travelers typically head north into the Scottish Highlands, known as the Scotland of your imagination. Forget yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, rich history, culture and architecture. Angus is a region of rich farmland, and it's a short drive away from the ancient city of Aberdeen, or Granite City. Note: You may pick up a bit of a Doric accent (the ancient Scottish dialect) if you stay there too long. The nearby Aberdeenshire and Moray are home to the most number of Scottish Baronial castles in Scotland. Head to the Craigievar Castle there, and then continue on your road trip. Go as far as (if not farther than) the Loch Ness (stop at the Drumnadrochit Hotel for the Loch Ness Exhibition)... perhaps you can also reach the Castle of Mey or venture into the Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye.
Southern Scotland, also known as the Scottish Borders (or Mairches), is a treasure most visitors end up missing, especially if you want to enjoy the outdoors. Scots will say you're better off purchasing a train ride there while in Scotland, for the beautiful rolling hills, secluded rocky Berwickshire coastline, gorgeous fishing villages, and of course, its many historic sites, Hermitage Castle, for one. If you hear about the Rugby Sevens tournament during your trip, this is also the place to catch a match.
Flights to Great Britain
There seem to be endless airport options of to fly into when it comes to Great Britain. You can easily find cheap flights to London from a myriad of cities, many with non-stop options. However, while getting a flight to London may be your first instinct, flights to Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow are often brice-competitive and may be cheaper at different times of the year. Remember to search for cheap flights to each city from your main airport (or a larger hub near you).
If you choose one of the five airports in London, you may just end up with a better airfare deal than if you choose other destinations in the island. Although that is not always the case, in general, smaller regional airports tend to be more expensive. Regardless, you can always count on finding exceptions to any rule when searching for airfare. The best way to find an airfare deal is to compare fares on sites like FareCompare’s search site, and to also shop at the right time. You can read FareCompare’s Travel Advice blog for more information on when to buy your flights and how to save.
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