About Britain

A warm welcome to Britain, in these pages we aim to give you a good overview of our fabulous Island and what you can expect from each of the countries that are part of it.

For more in depth guides on our great heritage, food, culture, sport, countryside, shopping and music take a look at our contacts and resources page where you will find our downloadable guides.

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    • Views from The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Credit Pride of Britain Hotels
    • - 26 Jan 2013
    • About Britain
    • Britain is made up of the United Kingdom of Great Britain England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

      Britain is a diverse nation full of contrasts; whichever direction you travel you will find a wide variety of landscapes and diverse cultures to explore. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own customs, cultures and traditions. There’s something for everyone in Britain – from the wealth of natural and historical heritage to the vibrant and cosmopolitan towns and cities.

    • Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, whose dress will be displayed at the Charles Dickens Museum in London. Image credit: Great Expectations by Number 9 Films
    • - 25 Jan 2013
    • Films to look out for in 2013 and beyond
    • The 85th Academy Awards will take place next month and in celebration of the 2013 Oscars here’s a flavour of British destinations you can expect to see hit both the big and small screens soon. Find out what’s coming out in 2013 – and beyond – and which mystery Oscar contender was filmed in Britain (but not as you know it!)

    • Six at BALTIC
    • - 08 Jan 2013
    • 10 Great British Views
    • The public will embrace the sweeping views 40 miles across London when The View from the Shard – the visitor attraction at the tallest building in western Europe – opens to the public in February. But you can head up high across Britain and take a look at some of these other spectacular views that ensure a visit to Britain is a memorable experience.

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News releases

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    • View from the top of the Victoria Tower Westminster, London, London, England. ©VisitBritain – James McCormick
    • - 09 Dec 2013
    • A new study reveals that the desire of international visitors to experience Britain’s countryside and heritage is stronger than ever. But as we look forward to the New Year, other less traditional or new activities such as a night out in Newcastle, looking out over London from the Shard and a trip to the Harry Potter Studios are growing in popularity.

    • Russian Olympic Event April 2012
    • - 05 Feb 2013
    • With new research revealing that two-thirds of Russians who saw the Olympic Games on their screens now want to visit the UK for their next holiday(1), a VisitBritain-led delegation of tourism businesses will be in Moscow and St Petersburg this week to showcase Britain and help secure a 75% increase in Russian visitors by 2020.(2)

    • This is GREAT Britain
    • - 17 Jan 2013
    • - 63% of respondents now want to visit, with 75% looking to go beyond London -
      A new study commissioned by VisitBritain and its partners in the GREAT campaign(1) suggests that global perceptions of ‘Welcome’, Britain’s ‘Overall Nation Brand’ and the UK’s sporting and cultural credentials have significantly improved thanks to the hosting of the London 2012 Games.

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