England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland constitute the United Kingdom. Though constituting four parts of the Union, these territories maintain distinct cultural identity. The island of Great Britain a term denoting England, Scotland and Wales taken together is separated from the continent of Europe by English Channel, with northwest tip of France only 35 kilometers away.
However, despite its proximity to mainland Europe, the United Kingdom displays a marked cultural uniqueness. Being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and one which has had profound influence on world's political developments, it has attracted immigrants from all over the globe. This, perhaps, has contributed in making culture of this country unique and cosmopolitan in character.
Stonehenge, located near Salisbury in England, stands testimony to the pre-historical glory of this land. It is one of the best known Neolithic and Bronze Age monument and an important landmark in the United Kingdom. Bath, also in England, is a historical Roman city. It is famous for its Georgian architecture and Roman baths, which are legacy of the splendor of Roman Empire that thrived here in 43 AD.
London is the capital of the United Kingdom and a melting pot of myriad cultures of the world. Big Ben, the 96 meter high clock tower, Buckingham Palace, the residence of sovereigns, and Tower Bridge are some of iconic landmarks of this great city. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is also termed as the Athens of the North. It attracts tourists because of its numerous classical monuments, the most important one being Edinburgh Castle, and characteristic Scottish atmosphere.
Wales is known for its breathtaking landscapes and seaside resorts. Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks are excellent for hiking and walking. Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland is fast gaining ground as a popular destination. The ill-fated ship, Titanic, was built in one of the docklands of this city. Brighton, near London, is perhaps the most popular beach resort in the United Kingdom. Sea Life Center in this city features an aquarium with an underwater tunnel. The North Laine tolerates alternativism, while there is a designated nudist beach as well.
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