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Updated: 2017-03-15.

Each constituent country within Britain has some underlying similarities, but also stark contrasts between each other.

England

England is the United Kingdom’s largest country, home to London as well as beautiful, rolling countryside. There are numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites around England, including the ancient Stonehenge. It also has about 1000 km (600+ miles) of coastline, with scenic beaches throughout.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is the smallest country in the UK, making it quite easy to get around, for the most part. Belfast is its capital, and there are many historical attractions to see packed into this little area. The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO site and probably the most famous attraction, but don’t miss out on the walled city of Londonderry and the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede. You also shouldn’t miss the world’s oldest whiskey distillery!

Scotland

Scotland is part of the island nation of the United Kingdom, yet it has over 800 islands that make up itself, of which only about 300 are inhabited. The Scottish highlands are a must, along with Edinburgh Castle and Eilean Donan.

Wales

Wales is fairly small in size as well, but there is so much to see. The country has 641 fortresses throughout, making it the most densely-castled place in the world.

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