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History:

"The history of the United Kingdom as a unified sovereign state began in 1707 with the political union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland, into a united kingdom called Great Britain."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"East Peckham in Kent has a unique claim to fame: it’s where the first-ever speeding ticket was issued, in January 1896. Walter Arnold was spotted doing 8mph in a 2mph zone, but was easily apprehended by a policeman riding a bicycle."

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Customs and Culture:

"The United Kingdom is comprised of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is important not only to be aware of these geographical distinctions, but also the strong sense of identity and nationalism felt by the populations of these four nations."

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Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to 180 days

What to Pack:

"Layering is the key when packing for a trip to the UK, whether in summer or winter."

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Water is safe to drink

Money: Currency: British Sterling Exchange Rate

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England

History: "1650-1750 the English are almost continuously fighting the French in America and India as well as the high seas for global domination. However at the end of this period the English have built the most powerful navy in the world and has successfully eliminated any French resistance both in India, North America and the Caribbean."

Fun Facts: "Nowhere in the UK is more than 70 miles (113km) from the sea! A place called Coton in the Elms is the furthest place from the sea."

London

History:

"It was the Romans who were responsible for the city we know today as London. They invaded Britain in AD43, and soon afterwards founded the city of Londinium. It is thought that the original city was small - about the size of Hyde Park!"

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Dover

History:

"Because of its position, Dover controls the English Channel and is known as the 'Lock and Key of England'. Julius Caesar tried to land at Dover during the Roman Invasion of 55 BC and it was the prime objective of the invasion plans of William the Conqueror, Napoleon and Hitler."

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Bath

History:

"There is a legend that Bath was founded in 860 BC when Prince Bladud, father of King Lear, caught leprosy. He was banned from the court and was forced to look after pigs. The pigs also had a skin disease but after they wallowed in hot mud they were cured. Prince Bladud followed their example and was also cured. Later he became king and founded the city of Bath."

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11 Brilliant Ideas for Days Out in Bath that are Completely Free

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Study Abroad in England: Top 10 Highlights

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Wales

History:

"The story of Wales begins with the Celts. The Celts began migrating from their central European homeland around 1000 BC."

Fun Facts:

"Mount Everest was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire."

 

Cardiff

History:

"Cardiff’s rich culture has a diverse range of influences, from the Romans and Normans of antiquity to the industrial revolution and the coal industry – which transformed Cardiff from a small town into a thriving, international city."

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12 Free Things to Do in Cardiff

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Study Abroad in England: Top 10 Highlights

Weekend Trips from England: Pastures & Parliament

Scotland

History:

"Immortalised forever in Shakespeare’s fictitious retelling, Macbeth is perhaps one of the best-known early Scottish kings. Macbeth ruled as King of Alba from 1040 to his death in battle in 1057."

Fun Facts:

"Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world."

 

Edinburgh

History:

"Edinburgh began as a fort. Castle Rock is an easily defended position so from earliest times it was the site of a fort. In the 7th century the English captured this part of Scotland and they called this place Eiden's burgh (burgh is an old word for fort). In the 10th century the Scots re-captured the area. Late in the 11th century King Malcolm III built a castle on Castle Rock and a small town grew up nearby. By the early 12th century Edinburgh was a flourishing community."

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Attractions; Hotels & Airbnb; Places to Eat; Travel Guide

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Free Attractions and Days Out in Scotland

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England Study Abroad: Fall Break Ventures to Vatican City, Italy, Greece, and Scotland

12 Countries. 7 Weeks. 3 People. Stops #3 & #4: Scotland and Cyprus

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Things To Do & Days Out In Dover

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Study Abroad in England: Top 10 Highlights

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