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The United Kingdom with the capital being London is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The UK covers a total of approximately 244 sq. kilometers and consists of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has a temperate climate with plenty of rain all year round. The UK is considered the 7th largest tourist destination in the world with quite a few tourist sites for visits to see and admire.
London is the capital city of England and the UK and is the world’s leading financial centers. The city attracts over 14 million international visitors per year, making it Europe's most visited city. It contains four World Heritage Sites; the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and the Shard. London is also the home of numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End Theatres and of which many of major tourist attractions are free of admission charges. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and one of the largest seaports in the world. The city’s recognizable signature are the tenements - the red sandstone buildings which were the most popular form of housing in the 19th and 20th century and still remain the most common form of housing today. The heart of the city is George Square where you can find many of Glasgow’s public statues and the elaborate Victorian Glasgow City Chambers. During 2014 Glasgow will be hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is a candidate city for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Two of the main landmarks of the city are Provand’s Lordship built in the 15th century and St. Mungo’s Cathedral of the 13th century.
Birmingham is the most populous British city outside the capital of London with a population of 1,100,000. Today the city is a major international commercial center. Birmingham has 8000acres of parkland with the largest park being Sutton Park with 2400acres of land making it the largest urban nature reserve in Europe. There are two major public art collections, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Edgbaston is one of the finest small art galleries in the world. The nightlife in Birmingham is mainly along Broad Street and into Brindleyplace, with many stylish and underground venues situated outside Broad Street.
Liverpool is the fourth most popular British city with a population of 470,000 it is known for its rich architectural heritage home to many buildings regarded as amongst the greatest examples of their respective styles in the world. The majority of buildings in the city date back to the late-18th century. Being a major British port, Liverpool's historic positioning as one of the most important trading ports in the world has meant that over time many grand buildings have been built in the city as headquarters for shipping firms, and other large companies. Liverpool is also internationally known for music and it is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the World Capital City of Pop, being of course the birthplace of the famous Beatles.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland with a population of 495,360. From the end of July till early September the city hosts some of the largest international fairs in the world such as; Edinburgh Festival consisting of the Edinburgh Fringe; the Edinburgh International Festival ; International Book Festival. Attracting over one million visitors a year, Edinburgh is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK. The Old Town has preserved much of its medieval street plan. The city has many museums and libraries, some of which are national institutions. These include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, National War Museum and the Museum of Childhood. Edinburgh contains five National Galleries and was declared the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.