United Kingdom Luxury Travel Vacation Guide

 The United Kingdom is made up of four distinct nations, each of which has its own distinct personality, sites and culture.When visiting can start in either England, Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland,

There are luxurious places for you to use as your base while exploring the surrounding villages and towns and many different types of tours you can take. They all use the same British Passport. Carrying it in a Leather Passport Cover, is recommended.

The UK is one part of the world where you can see stately mansions and castles. Many castle ruins are historic sites and when you visit, you will remember reading about the events that took place here from your history books in school. You can rent a car and drive around all the areas, but for tourists coming from North America, drivers in the UK drive on the left and the steering wheel and controls are on the right in the vehicles. There is an excellent bus and rail system throughout the region that will also take you where you want to go.

There are several airports in England where you can book a flight to either of the other countries.

England

Every visit to England has to include a stay in London. Stay at the 13 Half Moon Street Apartments and Hotel, located just off Piccadilly, right next to Green Park and a short walk from Hyde Park. This puts in the ideal location for seeing all of the main tourist attractions in London.

Visit Greenwich, a London borough, where you can stand on the Prime Meridian visit many sites of historic importance. The Royal Observatory has been a centre of astronomy for centuries and entrance is free. Take a tour of the Queen's House, built for Anne of Denmark. It was started in 1616 and completed in 1689 and today is one of the oldest examples an English home built in the classical style.

Browse the exhibits at the museum when you visit the Old Royal Navel House and see the Gypsy Moth IV, the ship that Sir Francis Cinchester used to sail around the world in the 1960?s. See the deer running through Greenwich Royal Park, where the landscaping dates back to the reign of Charles 11. Here you will find many places to relax and drink in the scenery and it is also the venue for concerts during the summer.

Northern Ireland

Stay at the Waterfoot Hotel and Country Club in Londonderry, where you are only a hour away from championship golf courses. Located on the road to the Giant's Causeway, you have a great base from which to explore the surrounding towns and villages.

Ireland is also a country of castles as well as saints and scholars. Explore the fascinating displays at the Armagh Planetarium in Armagh. The Bogside Murals in Derry depict scenes from the Battle of Bogside in 1969 and are believed to be some of the most important political murals in the world. Visit Downpatrick and learn about St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Here you will also find a premier health and fitness club with a heated swimming pool and sauna for you to relax in after your day of sightseeing.

Gaze in wonder as you hum the tune "Where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea" as you see the spectacular beauty of the sight of the Mourne Mountains. From the top of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in the country, you get sweeping views of England, Scotland and Ireland. Ireland will leave you with memories you will treasure forever.

Scotland

The home of Willliam Wallace, Rob Roy and Robbie Burns, Scotland will thrill you to the core with its beauty and attractions. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, or the Hebrides, each of these have tourist attractions galore and luxurious accommodations. Choose to stay on a working farm at the Ninewells Farmhouse in Newburgh, which will provide you with a panoramic view of the Tay Valley and the Perthshire Hills. Backmarch House is ideally situated for you to explore the delights of Edinburgh and play golf on the famous St. Andrew,s Golf Course.

Tour the Highlands and see if you can catch a glimpse of "Nessie", the monster that hides in Loch Ness. Take a cycling tour or a walking tour of any of the towns and villages. The pubs are a wonderful place to meet the locals and enjoy a dram of Scottish whiskey.

You have to spend a few days exploring Edinburgh. Visit the Old Town with its narrow alleys and the inspiration for Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Take in the sights of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the impressive extinct volcano, named Arthur's Seat. Explore the medieval setting and walk the Royal Mile. Browse the exhibits at the National Gallery, tour the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Portrait Gallery.

Scotland offers so many attractions and beautiful scenery; you will have to make plans to return to see it all.

Wales

Both the mountains and the coast offer a wealth of activities and attractions for you to enjoy while visiting Wales. Snowdonia is one part of Wales that you can?t miss on your trip. The Snowdonia National Park covers 840 miles of pure beauty ? cascading rivers, divine waterfalls and hidden valleys. With 14 mountain peaks, if mountain climbing is your passion, you will feel as if you are in paradise.

There are many historic towns and villages for you to visit, such as Beddgelert, Criccieth and others. Take a tour of the towns, visit the pub and hear the old stories and legends. This area of Wales is famous for its castles, such as Conway, Harlech and Caernarfon.

Spend your nights in the shadow of Harlech Castle, when you stay at the Queen's Hotel. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding and fishing and the delightful meals at the pub. Tee off at the Royal St. David's golf course, enjoy a heated swimming pool and play tennis to your heart?s delight.

The mystical air of Merlin will draw you back to Wales time and time again.

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