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About Britain

 The hill fort of British Camp in the Malvern Hills, an Iron Age fort and extensive earthworks.

Our About Britain pages do exactly what they say they’ll do – inform you about Britain! Packed with factual and practical information, these pages provide useful background to media wishing to write about or visit Britain.
2017-02-16 15:00:00

England covers most of the central and southern two thirds of the island of Great Britain and is  209,331 square km2. Its highest mountain is Scafell Pike (978 metres), the largest lake is Lake Windermere (14.7km2...
2017-02-16 14:45:00
Key facts about Britain

Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales - three countries on one island and several small islands. The United Kingdom (UK) combines Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland with England, Scotland and Wales. ...
2017-02-16 14:45:00

Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of Britain and its mainland shares a border with England to the south. It is 80,239.47 km2 in area and has almost 800 small islands in four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and th...
2017-02-16 14:45:00

Wales lies to the west of England and is around 2,704 km long. It covers 20,761 km2 - about the same size as Massachusetts in the USA or half the size of Switzerland. ...
2017-02-16 14:15:00
Food and Drink

Michelin-starred restaurants, high quality cookery schools, food trails and farmers' markets, food festivals, gastropubs and - yes - fish and chips all contribute to Britain's growing reputation as a destination for foodies. The many d...
2017-02-16 12:15:00
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland covers an area of 14,129.72 km2 in the north-east of the island of Ireland, and shares its borders with the Republic of Ireland which is an independent country. Northern Ireland's population is 1.8 million.  ...
2017-02-16 12:15:00
How to get around Britain

Britain is just under 1,000 km from north to south and about 480 km from east to west. Northern Ireland is 14,129.72 km2 in area. ...
2017-02-13 14:36:00

London is the capital city of both England and the United Kingdom. ...
2015-03-07 00:00:00

It is claimed that football, cricket, rugby, golf, tennis and field hockey were all first played in the British Isles. ...
2015-03-06 00:00:00

Nowhere in Britain is more than a two-hour drive from the coast. The UK's coastline is 12,400km and longer than the coasts of Spain and France combined. ...