Sightseeing in the U.K.

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Roman remains, castles, palaces, Stately Homes. Museums of our maritime heritage or the Industrial Revolution. The UK has a wealth of historic places to visit.
Painting, literature, theatre and music. Prestigious and leading-edge museums, galleries and centers for arts and crafts.
49 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 40 National Scenic Areas, 14 National Parks and an amazing 27 World Heritage Sites, 5 of which have World Heritage status due to their outstanding natural features. The landscape is very varied. Scotland and Wales are mountainous with Ben Nevis (Scotland) the highest peak in the UK and Snowdon the highest peak in Wales.
Many thousands of beautiful churches, abbeys and cathedrals spanning 13 centuries of history. They are found in every city, town and village, and most are open for visitors to enter and explore freely. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the UK 's top destinations.
Consult Visit britain website.
There are several spa towns in Britain, Bath Spa being a very popular destination because of its historic past (Roman remains).
Best areas are the South-East, the South-West, Wales, Norfolk, Northumberland and Scotland. Visit Goodbeachguide.
Winter Sports
The natural snow resorts are in Scotland and all have invested heavily in recent years.
Outdoor Activities
For a list of activities for all tastes, from walking, cycling, riding, golfing to sailing, visit
Britain is a great place for speciality shopping, whether for souvenirs or luxury treats.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 22/175
Evolution: 3 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
Rule of Law
Widespread. The law prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention, but critics charge that some procedures introduced to combat terrorism constitute preventive detention.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Respected. However, there have been allegations of abuse of detainees and deportees. Prisons are overcrowded.
Women's Condition
Women receive equal treatment under the law but are underrepresented in politics and top levels of business.
For Further Information
Freedom House
Human Rights Report , US Dept of State

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Degree of Freedom
The law provides for freedom of religion. The Queen is the Head of the Church of England and religious education must be provided in publicly maintained schools.
Anglicans 46.3%
Catholics 21.5%
Muslims - Sunni 10.8%
Sikhs 4.2%
Protestants 2.6%
Hindus 1.4%
Jewish 1.3%
Others 11.9%.
Role of Religion in Society
Religion pays an important role in contemporary social life and is practiced freely through ceremonies taking place in churches, temples and mosques to punctuate life events.

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