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Facts About Manchester

Manchester is of one oldest cities in the world – a legendary city that has withstood the test of time. Empires, many cities and countries have come and gone and yet Manchester remained and is still thriving today. The city is also a scientific and engineering powerhouse.

11 Great Facts About Manchester

1. Manchester is the second most visited city in the UK after London.

2. The city was founded in the 1st century or AD 79.

3. It is a rich city – the city has a GDP of over 110 billion dollars, larger than many countries such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Serbia and many others.

4. Manchester is the 5th largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of over 552,000.

5. In 1948, the world’s first stored-program computer was built in Manchester by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill.

6. Rolls-Royce Limited was founded in Manchester – 1904 (Charles Rolls and Henry Royce). It is a British luxury car maker and aero-engine manufacturer. Rolls-Royce is one of the most popular brands in the world.

7. Some people might not believe this, but Manchester is the best city to live in England. Manchester consistently beats out rival cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham, and even London in the “Economists Global Liveability Survey”, published annually.

8. Located in Manchester is the oldest free public library in the United Kingdom: Chetham’s Library. It was opened in 1653. It has over 100,000 books.

9. Manchester is one of the most famous football cities in the world. It is home to two powerhouses of the English Premier League: Manchester United and Manchester City.

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10. Have you ever wondered how or where the whole “vegetarian” thing started? It started in Manchester by Reverend William Cowherd. He preached vegetarianism, the idea of not eating meat… only vegetables. It is home to the Vegetarian Society.

11. Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford accomplished an incredible feat in Manchester – he was the first person who split the atom in 1917 while at the University of Manchester.

Facts About Cardiff

Cardiff is one of the most historic cities in Europe. Despite its small size, the city attracts millions of tourists a year. Its the land of castles, interesting architecture and many other interesting things. There is a lot to see and explore in Wale’s capital city. If you’ve never been to Cardiff, we highly recommend it.

Here are 15 amazing facts about Cardiff.

1. Cardiff is the capital city and largest city of Wales – United Kingdom. Its been the capital city of Wales since 1955.

2. To this day it is not known exactly where the name Cardiff came from.

3. It is the 11th largest city in the United Kingdom.

4. The city has an estimated population of 364,248 people.

5. Cardiff has its own island, the island of Flat Holm (Ynys Echni in Welsh). It is located 5 minutes off the coast of the city.

6. Back in the day, long time ago – the city was surrounded by a wall.

7. Cardiff is the smallest capital city in the world – but get this… once upon a time, it was the world’s richest city (yes… a very, very long time ago).

8. Cardiff is the city of Castles – it has the most castles in the world.

one of the oldest castles in Europe.

9. This may not be an important fact to some of you but Cardiff is home to the oldest record store in the world. Spillers Records since 1894.

10. It is estimated that at least 10% of the population can understand the Welsh language.

11. The first Fair Trade capital in the world is Cardiff.

12. Cardiff is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. It has more sunlight than Milan – Italy.

13. A lot of celebrities in the United Kingdom were born in Cardiff; to name a few Gareth Bale, Shirley Bassey and many others.

14. It used the world’s largest exporter of coal, and it’s fortune that way.

15. The world’s first £1 million coal deal was signed in 1907 when coal was a very thriving industry.

16. Cardiff is also known as the City of Arcades. It has the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in the United Kingdom.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the oldest buildings in the world, much older than the White House in Washington DC or the Canadian building; Parliament Hill in Ottawa – Canada. It represents the very essence of Great Britain. This majestic palace has withstood fires, bombs and more.

We are proud to present these 16 interesting facts about Buckingham Palace.

1: Buckingham Palace is the official residence and base of the monarch of Great Britain.

2: Buckingham Palace is located in the very center of London.

3: The place was built in 1703 for a duke. It was never meant to be the Queen’s place. Queen Victoria made Buckingham her place of residence and the tradition has continued to this day.

4: Edward VII is the only monarch in British history to be born and die in the palace.

5: When the Duke built it, it was called Buckingham House.

6: Between July – September the Queen heads to Scotland for the summer holidays. During this period of time, Buckingham Palace is open to the public.

7: The Palace’s grounds is huge, it has approximately 39 acres.

8: Edward Jones, a young boy was deeply in love with the Queen Victoria when the queen was a teenager. Edward broke inside the palace 3 times and stole the queen’s underwear, sitting on the throne and other shenanigans.

9: During World War II, German bombs hit the place at least 9 times.

10: The place has well over 40,000 light bulbs.

11: Buckingham Palace has around 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms.

12: The place welcomes an estimated 50,000 guests a year.

13: The 28th President Woodrow Wilson was the first sitting President of the United States to visit Buckingham Palace.

14: Buckingham Palace has the biggest private garden in London.

15: Whenever you are outside the palace and you see the United Kingdom flag proudly flying at full-staff on top of the palace, that means the Queen is currently there.

16: Maintaining the place is a lot of work! Over 100 staff work here.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth has been the United Kingdom’s pillar of stability for decades. She has seen it all; she has lived and witnessed World War II first hand. She has seen countries fall and rise. Prime Ministers and Presidents have come and gone. Other countries royals have come and gone. Dictators have and gone… and yet she has remained the one constant.  Its as though she has defied “Father Time” himself.

Below are 17 really fascinating facts about Elizabeth II.

1. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21/1926.

2. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving monarch in the entire history of Britain.

3. Queen Elizabeth is the head of state of over 60 countries, including Canada and Australia.

4. That means 14 Prime Ministers and counting have come and gone.

5. Her favourite dog is corgis.

6. The Queen has 2 birthdays; on the day she was officially born, April 21 and on any Saturday in June pending good weather.

7. She became Queen of the UK on June 2/1953. It is estimated that at least 20 million watched the ceremony on TV live all over the world. She is currently 93 years old.

8. The Queen is the only person who can drive without a drivers license… and yes, she still drives sometimes. As you can see, she is clearly above the law!

9. Also she does not own a passport, and yet she has travelled to over 100 countries.

10. She has received gifts from other countries and individuals all the time; among them an elephant.

11. The Queen is a fan of the Arsenal Football Club.

12. When a British citizen turns 100 years old, they get a personal letter from the Queen.

13. When you greet the Queen, you are not allowed to shake her mind.

14. The Queen and husband Prince Philip have 4 children:

  • Prince Charles; Prince of Wales
  • Prince Andrew; Duke of York
  • Anne; Princess Royal
  • Prince Edward; Earl of Wessex

15. No bill from parliament can become law without royal assent from the Queen.

16. Although she and her husband have defied time so far, the BBC remain ready and rehearse all the time for when that day comes.

17. She is on the currency of Canada, Australia and some other commonwealth countries.

16 Facts About England

Many people outside the UK often confuse England and the United Kingdom and think they are the same thing. England is a country within the United Kingdom. Sure England the main country and the seat of power but it is not the United Kingdom. Hopefully the facts below shed some light on this confusion.

Here are 16 Interesting Cool, Fun Facts About England

1. England is the biggest country in the United Kingdom. It has a population of around 56 million people.

2. London is the capital city of England and largest city.

3. England uses the Pound Sterling as its currency.

4. England shares borders with Wales and Scotland.

5. The national anthem is: “God Save the Queen“.

6. England is there first country to be industrialized in the world.

7. Even though it is a country, England does not have a Parliament or government just for itself.

8. The US State of Alabama and England are about the same size.

9. England and France are only separated by 34 kilometers. They are connected by the Channel Tunnel.

10. Most tourists are very focused on London, and rightfully so, but England also has other nice/big cities worth visiting:

  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield

11. Windermere is the largest lake in England.

12. While the River Thames is the longest.

13. The most popular sport in England, and the whole United Kingdom is football (soccer in North America).

14. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is the largest news/radio entity in England and in the entire UK. It is publicly funded.

15. Mount Scafell Pike is the tallest mountain in England at 3,209 ft/978 feet.

16. The creator of Harry Potter, JK Rowling was born in England.

British Social Norms

The United King is a country made up of 4 countries Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland, so these do not apply to every single person, but these are basic social norms of the British culture.

1. Wait your turn when you are in line, do not jump in queue.

2. Respecting your elders and the disabled is very important in British society.

3. You will often find that most Brits are not as passionate when expressing themselves, this is normal.

4. It considered rude and disrespectful if you show up late for a planned meeting/arrangement. Always let people know in advance that you are going to be late. Being punctual is very important. At a person’s home is a bit different but at a public place, advise in advance.

5. Say thank you and sorry every time its appropriate to do so, it is not a “small thing”, it matters.

6. The person who invites you out to eat is usually the person who pays.

7. Speaking of food, Fish and chips is very British! Very popular here.

8. Also another important meal is the Sunday Roast with Yorkshire pudding.

9. Brits love their tea and cookies.

10. It is considered proper manners to keep a healthy distance between you and the person you are talking too. The length of your arm is a good enough distance.

11. Greetings; you do not have to shake a person’s hand unless they are family, in which case you hug or kiss them on the cheek.

12. In general, British people are not comfortable with extended eye contact so keep this in mind.

13. People love their football here (soccer in America).

14. Remembrance Day to honour the fallen soldiers is on November 11, this is an important day.

15. The most popular male surname is Smith.

And there you have it. We realize that this is not everything obviously, so feel free to let us know if you have something to add or post it in the comments below.

Amazing Facts About London

Where do we even start? This mega city is 2000 years old and has literally ENDLESS facts! But we will try our best. London is one of the most densely populated city in the world. Just like New York City, London is not just a city, it is a “mega city”. At least 12% of the entire population of the United Kingdom call London home.

Here are 23 Cool, Fun, Interesting And Amazing Facts About London.

1. London is the capital city of both the United Kingdom and England. It is also the largest city in the entire United Kingdom, and one of the largest cities in the world.

2. It has an estimated population of 8.9 million people.

3. The Clock Tower is often mistaken for “Big Ben”. Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the tower itself.

4. London is the United Kingdom’s economic engine, with a GDP of 490 billion Pounds (Or 650 billion US Dollars). It is recognized by many as the second most important city in the world behind New York City. Almost all the big companies in the world have an office in London.

5. London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with over 250 spoken languages. It attracts businesses and individuals from all over the world who come here to live, do business, study, etc.

6. London is home to 5 English Premier League teams.

  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Ham United
  • Crystal Palace

7. London has seen its share of disasters. The Great Fire of London almost burned down the city in the 1600’s.

8. Speaking of disasters, Hitler’s Germany also cause a tremendous amount of damage to London during World War II, bombing the city for 57 consecutive nights – this was known as “Blitzkrieg”. Over 30,000 people died in the bombings.

9. People here drive on the left side of the road, the same is true for the enter United Kingdom.

10. London has one of the best underground rail system in the world, and it is the way way to travel around the city.

11. People who live in London are referred to as “Londoners.”

12. London has hosted the Olympics 3 times; 1908, 1948 and 2012.

13. The London Eye is really tall. At 443 ft/135 metres, it is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe. It gets over 3.7 million visitors a year.

14. If you love art and culture, then come here. London has over 160 museums and art galleries.

15. On average, over 25 million tourists visit the beautiful city of London per year.

16. But we should warn you now, London is very expensive to both visit or live. If you are visiting from almost any country on Earth, you have already lost money before spending anything. Why? Because the British Pound is worth more than the US Dollar, the Euro and most currencies in the world. But don’t let that scare you, it is always worth visiting London.

17. But London is a very rich city, with over 60 billionaires living there.

18. Queen Elizabeth II was born in London, and that’s where she calls home at Buckingham Palace in the center of London. If you see the royal flag flying on the flagpole it means that the Queen is home.

19. London is one of the most historic places on Earth. It was founded by the Roman Empire some 2000 years ago and back then they call it “Londinium”.

20. It gets cloudy and rains a lot in London, about 156 days a year.

21. London is home to the first ever public zoo, opened in 1829.

22. The Millennium Dome is the 9th largest building in the world.

23. The Christmas tree on the Trafalgar Square is donated to London by Norway as sign of gratitude from the people of Norway for everything Britain did for Norway during World War II.

24. London has over 40 universities and colleges.

Facts – Northern Ireland

Sometimes Northern Ireland is recognized as a province or region, and sometimes as a country… so this causes some confusion. It has a capital city and own laws so technically it is a country, and we will refer to it as such.

So here we go… in no particular order, facts about Northern Ireland.

1. 1921 marked the year that the entire island of Ireland of was split; the northern part would remain a part of the United Kingdom, while the south would be an independent country “The Republic of Ireland”. The hardcore Irishmen wanted to be an independent country and not be a subject of Great Britain. So Great Britain kept the northern part.

2. Northern Ireland is the smallest country in the United Kingdom. It borders the Republic of Ireland to the south.

3. Northern Island has a population of around 1.9 million people.

4. Even though it is very small, it makes its own laws.

5. Main spoken language is English, with a smaller population also speaking Irish and Ulster Scots.

6. The capital city is Belfast, and has a population of around 342,000 people. Belfast is also the largest city in the country.

7. It uses the British Pound as its currency.

8. Lake Lough Neagh is the country’s largest lake at 392 km, it is a freshwater lake.

9. The Giant’s Causeway is a natural wonder, nature’s miracle. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland and is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a huge tourist attraction for the country.

10. 17 March is a national day: St Patrick’s Day.

11. The the pneumatic tire was invented in Belfast by John Dunlop.

12. You know that popular TV show called Game of Thrones? Most of it was filmed in Northern Ireland.

13. There is no border between The Republic of Ireland and Northern Island, people cross freely without any check points.

Facts About Wales

Even though Wales is part of the United Kingdom and shares a border with England, it is has retained its cultural identity. With only a population of 3 million people or so, it is one of the world’s smallest countries. It has a strong education system. It is a country rich with history, beautiful nature and many castles.

16 Interesting Facts About Wales

1. Wales is the 3rd largest country in the United Kingdom after England, and Scotland.

2. The country has an estimated population of 3.1 million people.

3. The capital city of wales is Cardiff, which is also its largest city.

4. The Welsh flag became the official national flag in 1959.

5. Wales is located north-west of Europe and shares a border with England.

6. The country’s name “Wales” is derived from the the Cymraeg word Gwalia. In English it means; Homeland.

7. Wales has two official languages: English and Welsh.

8. Wales has more castles per capita than any other country in Europe. Caerphilly castle is the second largest castle in Europe.

9. As part of the United Kingdom, the country uses the Pound Sterling as its currency.

10. The country’s national day is St David’s Day, every year on March 1.

11. Wales has hosted a number of important events such as: UEFA Champions League Final 2017, The ICC Cricket World Cup and more.

12. Wales is home to 8 universities and at least 25,000 international students study in those Universities from over 100 countries.

13. The corgi dog originated in Wales.

14. Welsh gold is used to make wedding rings for the British Royal family.

15. Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. It is 3,560 ft or 1,085 m.

16. The country has 3 national parks (combined they cover at least 20% of Wales’ total landmass):

  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

24 Facts About Scotland

Scotland has a history spanning over 10,000 years, so to say that this country is historic would be an understatement. It is on the northern part of the Island of Great Britain, and shares a border with England. Discover some facts about Scotland’s population, geography, cities and more below.

1. Established in the 9th century, Scotland is one of the oldest countries on the world. It is really old.

2. National Motto is: In My Defens God Me Defend.

3. The country covers 1/3 of the island of the United Kingdom.

4. Scotland is the second biggest country in the United Kingdom. England is first.

5. Canada’s first two Prime Ministers were Scottish. The famous John A. MacDonald and Alexander Mackenzie.

6. Scotland is an independent country that is a part of the United Kingdom.

7. Because it is part of the United Kingdom, the country uses the Pound Sterling currency.

8. Scotland has an official animal: the Unicorn.

9. Scotland has an estimated population of 5.5 million people.

10. Almost the same number of Scots (around 5 million) live in Canada and the United States.

11. Scotland has over 700 Islands, the majority of them are inhabited.

12. Mount Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Scotland.

13. English is the most spoken language but the country has 3 officially recognized languages: English, Gaelic, and Scots.

14. The capital city of Scotland is Edinburgh.

16. Edinburgh has a population of around 794,000. This includes all the surrounding areas.

17. The largest city in Scotland is Glasgow, and has a total population of around 1,655,810.

18. The name Scotland comes from the Latin word Scotia.

19. Even though it is part of the UK, the country has its own legal system.

20. Scotland has contributed greatly to our society with the invention of the television, penicillin and the telephone.

21. The raincoat was invented by Charles Macintosh in Scotland, a native of Glasgow.

22. The people who settled on the land that is now Scotland actually came from Ireland.

23. The first official international football game (soccer) was played in 1872 between Scotland and England. The match ended in a draw 0 – 0.

24. Golf was born in Scotland.

25 Facts about Britain

The United Kingdom is one of the most powerful and well known countries in the world. It is used to be a very vast Empire, owning more land than entire continents and during those times, every country used to submit to the will of Great Britain. It is a very historic country, with many mind blowing facts.

Below are 25 Facts about The United Kingdom.

1. The United Kingdom has a population of just over 67 million people.

2. The United Kingdom is made up of 4 countries; England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

3. The United Kingdom has the 6th largest economy in the world.

4. The largest city in the UK is London, which is also its capital city.

5. The official and national language is English.

6. English is spoken to over 67 countries, regions and territories.

7. The largest country in the United Kingdom is England.

8. The United Kingdom is sometimes called “Britain”, Great Britain or simply the UK.

9. The UK is a member of NATO, G7, The United Nations, Interpol and other world organizations.

10. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state, and is the longest serving head of state in the world (since 1952).

11. The British Empire is no more, but Queen Elizabeth II is still queen (head of State) of more than 50 countries in the world. All these countries are former colonies, territories, and dominions of the British Empire… one of the greatest empires in the history of the world.

12. The anthem is called: “God Save the Queen”.

13. The Empire is no more and they are no longer a superpower, the United Kingdom is still a very powerful country in the world, and this is reflected in the currency, the “Pound Sterling” (GBP). It still has a lot of influence.

14. The Pound sterling is the 4th most traded currency in the world.

15. The Queen was born in London on April 21/1926. She is over 90 years old.

16. Even though the Queen does not have a passport, she has visited over 100 countries.

17. All eggs in the UK would be illegal in American and Canadian supermarkets because they are not washed. The same thing the other way around, American eggs are illegal in he UK because they are washed.

18. If you turn 100 years old, the Queen sends you a birthday card.

19. Speaking of the British Empire, they owned more territory than the entire African continent.

20. The United Kingdom is the second most ethinically diverse country in the world behind the United States. It attracts a lot of people from all over the world want to live there.

21. Britain is the land of tea. Over 163 million cups of tea consumed per day. This is at least 20 times more than Americans and 60 times more than Canadians.

22. Every 25 miles, you will notice a change in people’s accents.

23. Depression and loneliness kills more men under the age of 50 years old than cancer, driving or anything else in the United Kingdom and around the world.

24. Britain has the highest number of people with obesity in the world at 25% not America like most people think.

25. The name Mary is very popular for women.