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Why Great Britain?

The rich history, culture, and countryside of Great Britain is unlike anywhere else in the world. A place that is defined by its heritage, but refreshed with new ideas. A culture deep-rooted in history, but shaped by the people of today. A countryside that is vast and sprawling, yet quickly traveled with modern transportation. Great Britain is a perfect blend of everything that makes for a truly Great getaway.

What to Do:

Trek on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales for scenery and trails that frequently get recognized as the world’s best.

Prepare a meal at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre’s School of Cookery.

Head to trendy Glasgow to find your new favorite band or artist at one of their many cultural events and festivals.

Spend a lazy day sizing up a sculpture at London’s Tate Modern.

Traverse the landscape on perhaps the most popular option in Scotland, the golf course.

Visit Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Britain’s 2,000 year old construction project.

Take a tour of one of Scotland’s world-famous whisky distilleries.

Tour one (or all) of Wales’ over 400 castles.

Wander your way through the giant biomes of Cornwall’s Eden Project.

Walk Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, starting at Edinburgh Castle and finishing at the Palace of Holyrood House.

Take in The View from The Shard, a partially-outdoor viewing platform on the 72nd floor of London’s tallest building.

Fun Facts:
  • To be a cab driver in London you must first pass a six-month series of exams called “The Knowledge", which takes most future cabbies three years to prepare for.

  • Ben Nevis mountain in Scotland is the highest point in the Great Britain.

  • Champagne was invented in England by scientist Christopher Merret in 1662.

  • Modern golf originated in Scotland.

  • The London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world.

  • The Queen officially owns all of the mute swans along the Thames River.

  • England is 74 times smaller than the USA.

  • James Bond’s code “007 was inspired by author Ian Fleming’s bus route from Canterbury to London.

  • The Fortingall Yew is one of Europe’s oldest trees at around 5,000 years old, and sits in the Highlands of Scotland.

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