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The United Kingdom is one of the most famous places in the world, and many people have the UK in their travel goals. There is a lot to see in the country.



About the United Kingdom



  • Constituent Countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Population: 67.22 million
  • Official Language: English
  • Other Languages: Scots, Ulster-Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish.
  • Currency: Pound sterling
  • Area: 242,495 km2


History and Culture of the United Kingdom



The United Kingdom is a unitary, sovereign, independent state and is considered one of the world's leading powers. Although the history of the British Isles goes back thousands of years, the formation of the United Kingdom as we know it began in 1707. In the past, it has been a stopping place for Celts, Romans, Germans, and Vikings.



However, it was not until 1927 that the United Kingdom was baptized under the name it has today: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.



Weather and Geography



The UK lies between the mid and high latitudes of the northern hemisphere, and to the west of the Eurasian continent. It has a cold and wet climate, but the Gulf Stream mellows the climates of this region. The centres of action that affect it are the polar front, during most of the year, which brings cold and humid maritime polar air masses. Also, the Azores anticyclone, in summer, brings warm maritime tropical air masses. Lastly, the Siberian anticyclone, which brings cold continental polar air masses, but that in contact with the maritime air masses causes heavy snowfalls.



Popular Cities to Visit in the UK



  • London

On the banks of the Thames, you will find the best place to visit in the UK. In London, you can visit iconic landmarks such as the Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, and the iconic Tower Bridge. Buckingham Palace is another famous tourist attraction of the city.



  • Glasgow

Glasgow's heyday was in the 19th century. You can see wonderful examples of Victorian architecture at Buchanan Street, Glasgow's main shopping street.



  • Cardiff

Cardiff is a city of contrasts. Its historic centre, dominated by an 11th-century castle contrasts with the ultra-modern waterfront. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK.



  • Belfast

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is where the story of the Titanic was written. Today, the Titanic Museum here is a tribute to this giant of the seas.



  • Manchester

It was the world's first industrial city in the 18th century and has no shortage of spectacular buildings. Here, you can see the Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral, among many other beautiful constructions.



  • Edinburg

Edinburgh has a magical atmosphere that will make you travel back to medieval times and feel like the protagonist of a good fiction story. In fact, it was the setting for the Harry Potter saga.



  • Liverpool

Famous for being the birthplace of The Beatles. There are many places related to the history of one of the most famous bands in history. Definitely, a city not to be missed when you are in the UK.



Travelling in the UK



  • Buses

UK travel by bus is comfortable and cheaper than other means of transport. Cities are well connected, and bus companies offer reliable and safe services. You can make short trips in one country or even go on an international trip. Discounts are offered to students and those under 25 years of age. In addition, people over 50 years of age are eligible for a bus discount card which offers savings of up to 30% on several routes.



  • Trains

The UK has a privatized rail network that covers the whole country and serves over 2,500 stations. There are some routes that require transfers, as most lines depart from London, which has seven main terminals.



  • Flights

Flights in the UK are the fastest way and the most expensive mode of travel. You can use this mode to travel to England from other countries. But once in the UK, it is best to travel by bus or train.



Accommodation in the UK



You will find many accommodation options in the UK. Although each city is different, you will find hotels, hostels and even flats available for stay. If you are planning your UK travel, we recommend you book accommodation depending on the cities you want to visit.



In cities like London, the price of accommodation can be expensive. Try to book your accommodation well in advance to ensure a good price and availability.



Food in the UK



Some of the foods you must try when you are in the UK are -



  • Fish and Chips

A British summer staple, fresh fried fish served with a heap of thick-cut chips.



  • Cream Tea

This world-famous delicacy consists of a steaming cup of tea accompanied by two huge scones spread with clotted cream and jam.



  • Cornish Pasties

Beef, potato, onion, and turnip served in a thick baked shortcrust pastry wrapper. It is the best dish to fill a hungry stomach.



  • Apple Crumble

It is one of the most famous delicacies prepared in the UK.



  • Haggis

Haggis, a Scottish delicacy, is a sausage made from the stomach, liver, lung, and heart of sheep or lamb. This interesting pudding-like combination is seasoned and mixed with onion and oatmeal.



Shopping in the UK



Shopping in the UK is a very pleasurable activity for most tourists, as there is a wide variety of goods to suit all tastes.



Ceramics are one of the most characteristic products of England. If it's glass you want to buy, the Black Country in the West Midlands is the place to go.



Nottingham, on the other hand, is renowned for its lace production and there are numerous specialty shops where you can get exclusive pieces.



Among Scotland's most distinctive items are wool and cashmere. It is advised to plan your shopping based on the places you plan to visit in the UK.



United Kingdom Visa and Passport Requirements



If you want to travel to the UK you may need to apply for a visa. This is necessary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your trip.



If you are travelling only for tourism or short periods some countries do not require a visa. These countries include the USA, Canada, and Brazil among others.



For tourists entering the UK from countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, or the United Arab Emirates it is possible to obtain an electronic visa waiver.



Since Brexit, EU citizens can enter the UK for holidays and short trips without a visa.



However, in all cases, a valid passport is required. EU nationals can use their identity card instead of a passport in the following cases:



  • If they have the status of resident
  • If they are enrolled in the EU Settlement Scheme
  • If they have a border worker permit
  • If they are a health visitor

FAQs

Q: How can I book a bus in UK?
A: It is effortless, fast, and convenient to book bus travel to UK. Visit the redBus website. Choose your source and destination in UK and enter a date of journey. You will find the available buses on the next page. Choose a suitable bus as per your choice and proceed to the payment.
Q: Is it necessary to open a redBus account to book an online bus ticket?
A: No, it is not necessary to open a redBus account to book bus tickets online. Although recommended to create an account, it makes the entire booking process more straightforward, more comfortable, and faster.