Britain and Ireland

Britain and Ireland are the two main islands of an archipelago, the British Isles, just northwest of the European mainland. The archipelago also includes many smaller islands, one of which is the British Crown dependency of the Isle of Man. The Channel Islands are also Crown dependencies so they are included here even though they are not geographically part of the archipelago; they lie just off the French coast.

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The United Kingdom and Ireland

  United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
From the rolling hills of England, to the deep valleys of Wales, the beautiful glens of Scotland to the wild coastline of Northern Ireland, the former heart of the world’s largest empire remains just as magnificent as it was when it ruled the waves, with unmatched history dating to before the Roman conquest and diverse cities offering a seemingly limitless amount of opportunity.
Ireland is often called the ‘Emerald Isle’. It boasts an expansive and fascinating history, with a landscape that never ceases to astound.

The term “Ireland” can refer either to the entire island or to the Republic of Ireland, the part that became independent of Britain in the 1920s. The island includes Northern Ireland, but the Republic does not; Northern Ireland is part of the UK. “Ireland” above refers to the Republic.

  Isle of Man
A British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, directly between Great Britain and Ireland.
  Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey)
A group of British Crown dependencies in the English Channel, located off the coast of Normandy, France. It has many linguistic similarities with Normandy.

Map of Britain and Ireland

London’s skyline
  • 54.597-5.931 Belfast — The capital of Northern Ireland and a cultural meeting point between the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • 52.483056-1.8936111 Birmingham — Located in the centre of England, Birmingham is the economic powerhouse of the Midlands. It is the second largest city of Britain and Ireland.
  • 51.483333-3.1833331 Cardiff — The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a lively and exciting capital city.
  • 53.347778-6.2597221 Dublin — Home of Guinness and Western Roman Catholicism, Ireland’s capital is more than just a pretty face.
  • 55.953056-3.1888891 Edinburgh — Sometimes referred to as ‘the Athens of the North’, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital.
  • 55.858-4.2591 Glasgow — The biggest city in Scotland, 40 miles west from Edinburgh and gateway to the western glens and lochs.
  • 53.4-31 Liverpool — Home of the Scouse, The Beatles and the Three Graces
  • 51.507222-0.12751 London — A truly iconic, global city, the UK’s capital buzzes with different cultures and a more than two-thousand year history to match.
  • 53.466667-2.2333331 Manchester — Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and Birmingham’s rival for the title of ‘second city’, Manchester is a lively, thriving destination.

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