The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is an island nation in northwestern Europe. It is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and The Beatles, and the site of the Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa dating from the 5 th century, and the centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.
London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a modern city with history stretching back to Roman times. The highlights include, but are not limited to, The Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of the British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.