10 Things You Did Not Know About The UK
With almost 30 million people visiting the UK each year, it is certain that tourists simply cannot get enough of it. People all over the world revel in the nostalgia of the UK and are eager to experience and learn about the history first hand. Whilst much of UK history and tradition is known worldwide, here are our top ten facts that you may not know about the UK :
- There is nowhere in Britain that is not more than 74.5 miles from the sea
The UK may not have the best weather in Europe but residents certainly do like to be beside the seaside. A visit to the UK is not complete without a trip to traditional family resorts such as Brighton, Margate or Blackpool.
- There are over 300 languages spoken in the UK
The UK is one of the most multicultural regions in the world, with over 5% of the population speaking a non English language. Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali are the most widely spoken languages after English.
- Big Ben does not refer to the famous London clock but to the bell inside the clock
The clock itself, housed in the Westminster Palace, is the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and attracts millions of visitors as it is one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the world.
- Buckingham Palace has its own police station
The Queen’s London is probably the most famous building in London and it attracts record numbers of visitors year upon year. As well as having its own police station, the palace is home to its very own post office and an impressive 600 rooms.
- Windsor Castle is the largest royal home in the world
The Berkshire home of the Royal Family has been in existence for over 1000 years and is the official home of The Royal Family.
- No portrait of William Shakespeare was ever painted when he was alive
Stratford Upon-Avon features on must visit lists of many UK tourists as they look forward to walking in Shakespeare’s shoes in this historic UK town. You will have seen hundreds of portraits of the famous bard but which one is a true reflection of the man?
- The London Tube system was the first in Europe and is still the largest in the world
The UK was also the first to develop railway systems and still prides itself in its vast networks.
- About 60% of land in the UK is taken for farming
Tourists coming to UK enjoy the vast English countryside just as much as the hustle and bustle of city life, with acres of unspoilt green land to enjoy. Agriculture in the United Kingdom contributes about 0.7% of its gross value added.
- Football, Polo and Rugby were all introduced by the UK
The UK is fanatical about sport, particularly football with 92 premier and football league clubs as well as hundreds of non-league teams. Scotland has 42 league teams in total.
- The Beatles were originally called The Blackjacks and then The Quarrymen
Liverpool is arguably the music capital of the UK, with millions of visitors heading to this northern city to take the magical mystery tour.