United Kingdome

The United Kingdome also called as Great Britain or England once ruled nearly the entire world only a century ago. People in Britain are still proud of their country and heritage, even though the glory is gone. The United Kingdome is formed by England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The most popular city of the country is London, a city beyond comparison, representing itself as an icon of diversity with people from different races, creeds and all walks of life blended into its culture. One can also find many architecural marvels here like the Tower Bridge. Liverpool and Newcaste are modern industrie marvels while York and Durnham manifest the bygone era of the country.

Population & Languages

The country has a population of 60.5 million and the official language being spoken is English. Other languages spoken in some regions of the country are Welsh, Scottish, Gaelic, and Irish etc.


Buckingham Palace, England, United Kingdome

Electricity

The voltage is 230-240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The type of plug used is rectangular blade.

Geographic Location

The United Kingdome is located in Wersten Europe and consits of islands including the northern one-sixth of Ireland. It is only 22 miles away from France and linked by an under sea tunnel. The countryside is mostly rolling lowlands and low montains.

Climate

It has a moderate climate but lots of rain with around half of the years being overcast. The lowest temperatures never go below −15 °C (5 °F) and in summer the average maximum is 34 °C (93.2 °F). It also gets snow in winter and early spring.


Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

Local Customs

When meeting somebody for the first time the handshake is customary, also bring a small gift like flowers or wine when invited to someone’s house. It is also common to wait until everyone is served before eating. In hotels, restaurants and taxis tipping of 10 to 15 percent is customary. Smoking and non-smoking areas are clearly designated and thus should be taken care of.

Places to see

During your stay in London you should visit the following attractions: Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Whitehall Palace and the Tower of London.

Sights to visit in Scotland are the Bannockburn Heritage Centre and Ben Lawers Mountains.

Aberdulais Falls, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Great Orme Mines, Portmeirion Village, Rhossili Visitor Centre, Taff Valley Activity Centre and TechinQuest should be visited during a stay in Wales.

Travel

The national airline of the country is British Airways which connects almost all major destinations in the world. As London is a hub for all international flights almost all airlines connect UK. The international airports of London are Heathrow and Gatwick.


Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Since UK is surrounded by water from almost all sides it has many ports. There are many ferry services operating between Europe and UK.

Traveling by train you need to board at Victoria Station in London for Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, for The Netherlands and Scandinavia you need to board at Liverpool Street. All trains connect ferries at Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Weymouth. Only the Eurostar train connects London with Brussels and Paris through channel tunnel.

Trains connect ferries at Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Weymouth, sailing for Belgium, France, Germany and Spain (you need to board at Victoria Station in London) and at Harwich, sailing for Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia (you need to board at Liverpool Street). Eurostar train connects London with Brussels and Paris through channel tunnel.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. Up to 3200 cigarettes
2. 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars
3. 1 liter spirit over 22% or 2 liter wine or 32 liter beer
4. Perfumes
5. Gifts up to ₤145

Prohibited Items in the United Kingdome are: Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, most meat and dairy products, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.