It's the variety that makes Great Britain so special and nowhere else on the planet seems to pack quite so much into such a small space. Landscapes range from the urban metropolises of London and Edinburgh, to the snow-capped mountains of the Cairngorms; from the honey-coloured towns of the Cotswolds to the steep-sided valleys of the Lake District. Wherever you go, you are never more than a mile or two from an ancient church, a magnificent country manor house, a ruined castle or a pretty village. Thanks to the success of British films and television programmes exported around the world, many visitors arrive in Great Britain already armed with a sense of familiarity, even if the cultures and traditions are somewhat esoteric. The language of course is also familiar to many visitors, which makes travelling around the country so straightforward.
A journey through Great Britain is a veritable journey through history. You can walk along the battlements of a medieval fortress much as soldiers did hundreds of years ago, or touch a 5,000-year-old stone circle, before exploring the ultra-modern domes of the Eden Project in Cornwall or admiring 21st century architecture in London or Glasgow.