Little Baby Me was born in the UK and has spent most of my life in different parts of it since then.
goodI've lived in the area most of my life., I explored a lot about our history, heritage, hiking, mountains, coasts, national parks and much more. In short, I'm a connoisseur(It's beautiful)local expert andI know what Britain is famous for.
In this article, I have unpacked them all. I've listed things you probably already know, things you might not, and plenty of reasons to visit.
Here they are22 things Britain is known for…
1. Territorial Confusion
People get confused between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where they start, where they end and how and if they differ. And to top it off, people cannot understand the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom.
Lucky for you, I'm here to set the record straight.
In short, Great Britain consists of three different countries: England, Scotland and Wales. If you add Northern Ireland to Great Britain, you get the United Kingdom. The southern part of Ireland (the Republic of Ireland) is a completely separate and independent entity and is not part of Great Britain or the United Kingdom.
See - easy. If you want more details, take a quick look at my guide.the various countries and regions of the UK.
2. The royal family
As you probably already know, Britain has a royal family.
Some locals like them, some locals don't, some don't care anyway.
But no matter what we Brits think of them, foreigners associate us strongly with our royal family, and many people come to the UK to visit famous royal sites. Some of the most famous are Buckingham Palace, Hillsborough Castle, Balmoral Castle and Windsor Castle, but there are many more.
If you want to see as many real locations as possible, go to England. It has many more royal palaces, castles and buildings than other British countries.
Brexit was a big, stupid decision and everyone hates us for it.
If it makes you feel any better, I voted to stay. And many other people too.
But the UK as a whole voted for Brexit, so now we have higher prices, fewer smiles, less chicken in our supermarkets and more queues for truck drivers at the French border. Cool.
I know Brexit probably makes you think we're all racist and horrible, but I promise you we're not all racist and horrible.
4. Sports success
The four countries that make up the UK are among the most successful sporting nations in the world.
England is best known for its football team, while the other three countries are best known for rugby. The entire region is also known for tennis, snooker, golf, boxing, cricket and much more.
Many people visit the UK to see things live. Some of the biggest and best events are Wimbledon, the FA Cup Final, the Grand National and the British Grand Prix.
But even if you don't go to a big event, there's still plenty of sport to do in the UK. There's always football, rugby or pool to watch and usually a lot more.
5. King Henry VIII
England's most famous king, this absolute lunatic, invented a whole new religion just to break up with his wife. That's a big commitment for a shy man.
Famous for six women, six chins and an insatiable hunger for catering, many people associate men with our region.
In addition to Big Fat Henry, Britain has many other famous kings and queens. Some of the most famous are Mary Queen of Scots, William the Conqueror, Elizabeth I, and our current queen (she's Elizabeth II, in case you were wondering).
6. History and Heritage
Every country in the world has history and heritage. I know this, I am not an English chauvinist who thinks that all other countries in the world are uncultured wastelands.
But here's what sets us apart from many other places: In the UK, we've gone to great lengths to preserve and promote many of our historic sites.
Because of this, many of our most famous sites still exist. So if you're into historical stuff, you'll love exploring the UK.
There is even a charity in England called "english heritage', which manages and maintains more than 400 castles, manors and other ancient buildings in the country. They're great for sightseeing, historical information, and filling your brain with knowledge.
7. A huge coastline
As Great Britain consists of two main islands and many other small islands, we have an absolutely gigantic coastline.
The whole thing clocks in at over 31,000km (over 19,200 miles), depending on who's measuring how.
Because it is so long, Britain has many great beaches, fishing villages, surfing spots, lighthouses, craggy cliffs, coastal walks, retro coastal towns and much more.
Britain is massively underrated as a beach destination. I think the best coastline and beaches are in the north of Scotland, but I haven't visited (obviously) all the seaside towns in the UK. So maybe I'm totally wrong.
Probably the most famous writer in the world, Shakespeare is famous for writing boring plays that people pretend to like.(Or maybe they really like it? I don't know).
Some of his most famous are Macbeth, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. But don't worry, he wrote a lot more boring parties if you just can't get enough of watching gameplay you don't even understand.
There are many theaters across Britain that specialize in their work.
The best known are The Globe (in central London), the RSC (Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bald bard was born) and the Willow Globe (in central Wales). But because the UK loves him so much, you can find his material in countless cinemas across the region.
Many people think that London is the capital of the United Kingdom.
It is not.
It is the capital of England, but as we mentioned, theGreat Britain is not just England.
London is great, but it's not the only city in the UK worth visiting. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have their own capital cities (Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, just so you know) and all four countries have plenty of great cities and towns to visit.
It's not enough to go to London and tell everyone you've "been to the UK". you do not London is extremely different from the rest of the region.
Check out my guide that lists them all.the things london is famous for.
10. Great National Parks
There are 15 different national parks in Great Britain, as well as many other officially designated Areas of Natural Beauty.
National parks alone make up around 10% of the UK, so there are plenty of places to explore.
And the great thing about our national parks is how accessible they are. As a nation of hikers, cyclists, mappers, and outdoor explorers (both current and historic), our national parks are filled with trail markers, signposts, maps, good roads, ample parking, and excellent accessibility.
In some countries it can be difficult to enjoy outdoor areas. But in the UK, it's ridiculously easy.
11. Residence for the elderly
There are a huge number of ancient cities and towns to explore in Britain.
And many of them are in excellent condition.
Some of the most popular are Bath, Canterbury, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, Winchester, Pembroke, Cardigan, Derry, Linlithgow and Melrose.
So if you like cobbled streets, ancient lanes, castle walls and crumbling fortresses, Britain is one of the world's top travel destinations.
12. Being cold and wet
People think that Britain is always cold and wet.
The truth is…. People are right: many from the UKANDalways cold and wet.
But the cliché is a little exaggerated. Yes, our climate isn't great, but it's not as terrible as some people say. In the summer you can get surprisingly good (if fickle) weather.
And here's some good news for you: the further south you go, the better the weather.
But no matter where you go (and when), you'll probably need a raincoat. As they say, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Read too:Scotland in winter, how cold does it get in Scotland?
13. Colossal castles
The UK has one of the richest castle regions in the world.
People can't decide how many we have, but they easily number in the thousands - and all are a great way to learn about the area's history and heritage. Some of the best (and some of my favorites!)Bamburg Castle, Schloss Caerphilly,edinburgh castle, Raglan Castle, Carrickfergus Castle,Leeds-Schlossand Castelo Dunnottar.
Wales has the most castles of any British country - so if you're a castle junkie, head over there. Apparently, the nation has 600, which means that Wales has more castles per square kilometer than any other country in the world.
14. Uninterpretable accents
You've probably heard that you can't understand anyone in the UK.
Depending on where you're visiting, that's probably true - some British accents are very strong, heavy and impossible to interpret.
You'll find some of the most notorious,Newcastle, Derry, Liverpool, North Scotland, West Wales and all remote and rural locations.
Apparently, Britain has more accent diversity than any other part of the world. Sometimes we don't even understand each other.
15. Cultural diversity
We are one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world.
Em 2018, about “13.8% of the UK population came from an ethnic minority”. But in bigger cities it is much more diverse. Places like Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow have large ethnic minorities.
As in most countries, the biggest cities are the most diverse places. And our biggest cities are incredibly diverse, so you can meet people from all over the world, eat different dishes and enjoy different environments. If you like multicultural metropolises, you'll love Britain's big cities.
16. Harry Potter
Wherever I go in the world, people seem to love saying "Harry Potter" to me in a really awful British accent.
For reasons I cannot understand, Britain is massively associated with the scarred little boy.
They exist to celebrate our connection to him and his imaginary magical friends.heaps of Harry Potter attractions in the UK. Some of the biggest and best are Alnwick Castle, Harry Potter Studios, Jacobite Steam Train, Gloucester Cathedral and Edinburgh themed walking tours.All this and much more you can find in this article..
You can even visit platform 9 and ¾ at London King's Cross station. A word of warning: it obviously won't get you anywhere. Because the idea of a magical movement is imaginary. Just like the entire franchise.
17. Brilliant Travels
In the UK we have some of the best road trips in the world.
The best known is probably this oneNorth Coast 500, a circular route covering the best of northern Scotland. If you haven't, you should.
But we have much more than that. Some of the best include the Causeway Coastal Route, the Heart 200, the Atlantic Highway and a long road trip along the west coast of Wales. As we have such a large coastline, any long journey along the British coast is a good one.
Read too:The best road trips in Scotland
If you want to immerse yourself in the Republic of Ireland (which you should!), the Wild Atlantic Way is regularly touted as one of the best road trips in the world. I haven't done it at the time of writing this article, but I'm sure it's brilliant.
18. Endless Long Distance Wanderings
In the UK, we make the most of our natural beauty with plenty of long distance cycle and walking routes.
Of course you can walk anywhere in the world. But what sets Britain apart from many other countries is that we have a huge number of famous, accessible and signposted long distance trails with excellent accommodation and amenities along their length.
If you want to take a long hike without needing a compass, a tent and a big stick to ward off bears, the UK is one of the best places on earth.
Some of the best areThe Penino Path, Der Cambrian Way, Der Cape Wrath Trail,hadrian's wall(but more on that later) and the Ulster Way. The last one runs (almost) the entire perimeter of Northern Ireland.
19. Terrible teeth
Yes, everyone thinks the British have bad teeth. And to be honest, many of us do.
I don't know why this happens, but it is.
Before anyone from the UK gets upset, mine aren't good either. Which means I can be terrible about us. Probably.
Anyway, veneers are becoming fashionable in the UK now, so one day we'll all have crispy whites to rock our gold-plated celebrity.
20. World famous songs, singers and songs
Here in the UK we produce (and continue to produce!) some of the best music in the world.
Some of the region's most famous artists include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Amy Winehouse, The Smiths, Elton John, Queen and many more. Google your favorite musician and there's a good chance he's from the UK - many people are surprised at how many famous melodic exports we have.
Whether you like live music, good festivals, music museums, great concerts or something about music history and heritage, the UK is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
21. Hadrian's Wall
Probably Britain's most famous historic site, Hadrian's Wall was a large, long barrier built in 122 AD. It was set up to prevent barbarians from the north from entering Roman territory.
Much of the wall remains today, making it one of the most important and famous Roman relics outside of Italy.
If you want to explore it properly, the best way is thego your length. A great long hike of around 135km, a beautiful ride through a beautiful part of the world. The relatively short, truly accessible and extremely varied hike features historic sites, beautiful views, two large cities, charming villages and a welcome coastal end (assuming you head west).
22. A literary library
Britain is known for its extensive catalog of famous authors, poets and playwrights.
Some of our most famous doodlers and doodlers are Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Robert Burns, Agatha Christie, Dylan Thomas and Irvine Welsh.
In the UK we like to celebrate our literary history and we have many attractions relating to the stories and stories written in and about our region. We've already covered the Harry Potter stuff, but Britain also has a Charles Dickens Museum, a Roald Dahl Museum and Dylan Thomas's Boathouse.
In addition to more museums, we also offer many city-centric walking tours based on the works and words of our authors.
Thank you for reading our guide to UK fame!
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