United Kingdom: A Historical Landscape

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Land of Contrasts and Rich History

With a  landscape and  history that goes back to Roman times, the people of the  United Kingdom live in concert with their history.  Each country that is part of the United Kingdom  has a distinctive culture and language.  Your travel experience to these various regions promises the warmth of the people who are happy to share their traditions.  The indomitable humor and spirit is legendary.

A Modern Architectural Landscape

Cities like  London, Glasgow or Dublin have a faster lifestyle than the countryside that surrounds them.  The rural lifestyle of a small English, Irish or Scottish villages  share community spirit.  Each location is worth a stay for at least a week or more. This allows you to really enjoy the diversity of the  landscape:  the CoastlinesCountryside or the low mountains and valleys.  Activities could range from boating, beach walking, hiking, sailing or trail riding.  The national pastime is walking.  If you prefer,  you can rent a  car and drive through the countryside and enjoy a slower pace.   If you are a sports fan the soccer or cricket match might be your game.

Poets and Novelists can Inspire your Journey

Many British and Irish writers have captured the stories of universal human experiences like Jane Austin, James Joyce,  the Bronte Sisters.  Poets like Keats or Elizabeth Barrett Browning put into words the spirit of the landscape.   Each celebrates the spirit of an era.   If you are interested in a particular writer you can visit their home  and  discover the places where they lived and worked.  A trip that highlights your favorite painter is also an idea that highlights the vistas captured on canvas beginning  in the 18th century.  Early portrait painters rose to prominence in the 16th century in the court of Henry VIII.  Many of these unique figures are now on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Architecture of Grand Homes are their Villages Tell a Story of an Agrarian Economy

The unique architectural history of the United Kingdom can be told by the Castle, the  Keep  or  Manor House and the rambling Roman Wall that criss-crosses the landscape.  Many large stately homes and manors  have become hotels and destinations that we will recommend in our pages.  The nearby villagers who live and work in the shadow of the local manor house depend on the success of the place now as they did then.   Village life is still very important today,  throughout the United Kingdom.   Art and culture institutions in each of the major cities should be added to your itinerary.  All around the United Kingdom the National Trust is behind the preservation of artistic culture of the  stately homes and villages.  Could a field of wildflowers in England be protected by the National Trust?  Yes, in fact the historic fields of wildflowers across the countryside are now part of an effort to  preserve wildlife for generations to come.

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