Britain Tourist Information
London has so much to offer that you could spend a lifetime of holidays there. To do so would mean missing out on Britain's other equally enticing cities. The rapid growth of flights (and low-cost airlines) to ever-expanding regional airports means that the UK's cities have never been more accessible.
How these cities have changed, with alfresco dining, open-air art and spacious, pedestrianised centres making them attractive for strolling and browsing. There is a wide choice of accommodation available, too, from the growing budget and medium-priced chains such as Travel Inn Metro, Holiday Inn Express and Malmaison, to luxury hotels in grand buildings.
Britain’s most ambitious spa in nearly two hundred years opens in the historic city of Bath at the end of February. A combination of a new state-of-the-art spa designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and two restored 18th century buildings will contain thermal pools, steam, massage and treatment rooms and offer bathing in natural spring water flowing at a temperature of 47 degrees centigrade.
Visitors to Scotland will notice some changes this year. There are some new features in the landscape that are likely to become 'must see' attractions. They include the world's first rotating boat lift; Scotland's first national park; the UK's highest mountain railway; and a 73-mile footpath through the heart of the Highlands.
A great seafaring tradition of adventurers, explorers, pirates and smugglers; Cornwall and Devon's maritime appeal continues to grow, with some major new attractions opening this year. A National Maritime Museum; a centre devoted to the Pilgrim Fathers and Europe's biggest marine aquarium are the latest additions to this region.
What's New in Europe!Events & Festivals
London events highlights: Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.
Royal wedding dress at Buckingham Palace: A special exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer will recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II - married the Duke of Edinburgh in a glittering ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.Attractions
Shrewsbury recreates its summer season: Performances by Jools Holland, George Melly and Beverly Knight are among the 370 cultural and artistic events over 100 days at the 'Shrewsbury Summer Season' this year (May 19-Sept. 9).
Scotland’s oldest house marks 900 years: The longest continually inhabited house in Scotland is 900 years old. Once a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland (it hosted 27 monarchs over the years), the Stuarts of Traquair House supported Mary, Queen of Scots and the doomed Jacobite cause.News
Ceramics Festival in The Potteries: Designers, studio potters, experts and collectors will be making their way to The Potteries this autumn for the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Festival 2007 (Oct.5-7).
Macdonald Hotels transforms Cheshire golf venue: Three championship golf courses and the largest indoor golf academy in Europe at The Portal Golf Club venue are to be part of the new four star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Cheshire when it opens in July.
Quick Britain Facts
94,247 square miles (twice the size of New York State).
58,610,000 (London, 7,640,000; Birmingham, 2,271,000; Manchester, 2,252,000; Glasgow, 681,000).
English, Welsh and Scots Gaelic.