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Some of the best things to do in the UK

 

Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is no surprise that the best things to do in the UK are varied and fascinating. You’ll find different dialects, ancient Celtic languages and unique communities, traditions, myths and legends. There are surfer havens and soft, sandy beaches, rugged rock formations, punishing mountain climbs and deep, glassy lochs all waiting to be discovered.

While rural spots promise lush, verdant greenery, ancient woodland, utter silence and nights so dark you can see all the stars, the UK’s towns and cities – Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast, Oxford, York and London, among others – are home to buzzing nightlife, striking modern architecture, historical landmarks and incredible celebrations of culture.

Planning a trip this year? Here are some of  the best places to visit

Laugh out loud at the Edinburgh Fringe

Every August, the capital of Scotland is taken over by comedians and performers for a month of shows, plays and theatre. Expect a mix of first-timers and big-name stars, new material, old favourites, snappy one-liners and unusual experimental comedy. It’s the world’s largest arts festival and transforms Edinburgh into a pulsating, exciting hive of energy. Turn up with a cluster of tickets in your pocket or plan nothing and see where the Fringe takes you

See a Shakespeare play in his hometown

Being a groundling (that’s getting yourself a £5 standing ticket and watching Elizabethan-style) at Shakespeare’s Globe  in London is unmissable, but it doesn’t get more special than sitting in the audience of one of the Bard’s beloved plays in his actual hometown. Head to pretty Stratford -upon- Avon  to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production in the riverside theatre, before visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace and the church where his body was laid to rest in 1616.

Follow in the footsteps of giants

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is a geological marvel. The dramatic coastal feature, made up of 40,000 basalt stone columns, has attracted visitors for centuries, but it became Northern Ireland’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s and now also boasts a great visitor centre thanks to the National Trust. There are no museum ropes holding you back here. Wander over the shiny stones, sit on the Wishing Chair – a natural throne polished by thousands of bottoms – look out for rock formations the Camel and the Giant’s Boot and learn about the famous legend. The result of volcanic eruptions over 60 million years ago or the remains of a pathway built by a giant? You decide.

                 Have afternoon tea at Bettys in York

Cornwall, Devon, The Ritz in central London – wherever you are in the UK you can’t go too wrong with an afternoon tea. Just don’t go putting the clotted cream on before the jam. Or is it the other way round? Bettys is a Yorkshire  institution. The York  branch has been serving up scones (or Fat Rascals, as they call them) and tea in china cups since 1936. Work up an appetite before you visit by wandering around The Shambles, York Castle or the ancient city walls

Bathe like a Roman in Bath

Home to independent shops and theatres, Bath  is a pretty, honey-hued city famous for its grand, sweeping crescents and former resident Jane Austen. It’s also home to a fascinating, and impressively intact, Roman bath right in the heart of the city. It still flows with natural hot water, thanks to the city’s thermal springs, but no one’s swimming in it these days. Once you’ve wandered around the historic site, head to Thermae Bath Spa for your own chance to wallow in Bath’s warming waters.

                                                                                                                       

Discover the story of the ‘unsinkable’ ocean liner

 

The sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 made headlines around the globe, and continues to intrigue people to this day. The ‘unsinkable’ ocean liner was the largest ship afloat, before it hit an iceberg and disappeared into the depths of the Atlantic, along with over 1,500 of its passengers. Belfast is where the boat was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, and it’s where an impressive museum dedicated to the ship now stands. Explore interactive galleries that, thanks to reconstructions, rides and special effects, allow you to walk the decks of the Titanic, descend to the depths of the ocean, tour the shipyard and witness the boat’s launch.

Take a tour of the UK’s incredible National Parks

The United Kingdom might be small but its countryside is mighty, and incredibly diverse, from rolling green hills and ancient woodland to impressive mountain peaks, idyllic lakes and rugged moors. To see all the different kinds of landscapes the UK calls its own, take a tour of the UK’s 15 National Parks, from the flat Norfolk Broads and the wilds of Exmoor to the high drama of the Lake District  and Peak District and the internationally recognised dark skies of Northumberland.

Stroll along the South Bank in London

 

You could spend a month in London and not get tired of visiting its museums, galleries, parks, historic landmarks,  and world class restaurants But if you’re short on time, a stroll along the South Bank  is an ace way to soak up some city sights. Start at the London Eye , where you’ve got views of Big Ben  and the House of Parliament , and head east. You’ll pass cultural giant the SouthBank Centre ,and , the National Theatre and countless pop-up bars and street food stalls. Pause by Tate Modern for a quick look around its free galleries, or to spy St Paul’s Cathedral  across the river, before carrying on past Shakespeare’s Globe. Stop under the Shard for incredible food in Borough Market  before finishing your walk by City Hall with views over the Thames of the Tower of London  and the iconic Tower Bridge

Drink butterbeer at Hogwarts

Film fans the world over will know the United Kingdom as the home of Harry Potter. There are filming locations and spots that supposedly inspired JK Rowling dotted all over and you can even visit places where she wrote the books, like The Elephant House in Edinburgh. Potterheads will want to visit Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, where the majority of the movies were filmed, too. Wander around the Great Hall, peek into shop fronts on Diagon Alley, order a butterbeer and even ‘fly’ your very own broomstick on the Warner Bros Studio Tour London .the making of Harry Potter

 

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Some fun facts about England

                Did you know ……………….?

Are you looking for facts about England? Keep reading. Here’s a list of 25 interesting England facts + some more general facts about England such as total population, biggest cities, highest mountain, biggest lake etc.

1. QUEEN ELIZABETH II IS DISTANTLY RELATED TO VLAD THE IMPALER (DRACULA)

Quite an interest fact about her majesty. Vlad the Impaler is known to be the real inspiration for the famous vampire character known as Dracula. Her ancestry can be traced back to Vlad the Impaler, which means she’s distantly related to him.

2SPARKLING WINE WAS INVENTED IN ENGLAND

Most people think that the French invented Champagne, but the technique used by Dom Perignon already existed in England, thus making the English inventors of Sparkling wine. Cheers to that!

3. YOU CAN NEVER BE MORE THAN 115 KM FROM THE OCEAN

The furthest you can be away from the big blue ocean is 115 km no matter where you go.

 

4. THERE’S AN ANNUAL CHEESE ROLLING COMPETITION

This is definitely one of the more interesting and unique facts about England. The first written evidence is a message from 1826, but it’s said that the cheese roll tradition is way older than that. Nowadays even international visitors can take part in this fascinating event.

5. WINCHESTER WAS THE FIRST CAPITAL OF ENGLAND

Thought London was the first capital of England? Guess again, in 1519 Winchester was chosen as the capital, and already in 827, King Egbert was crowned here.

6. THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY SPOKEN LANGUAGES

Did you know that about 1 billion people around the world speak English? It’s the most global language in the world

7. LEEDS IS ONE OF EUROPE’S RAINIEST CITIES

Yes, English people like to talk about the weather and no wonder. Leeds is one of the rainiest cities in all of Europe with 1024 mm precipitation per year.

8. YOU CAN DRIVE FROM ENGLAND TO FRANCE VIA AN UNDERWATER TUNNEL

England might be an island, but it’s connected to the mainland Europe and France via an underwater tunnel. The distance between the two countries is 50.45 kilometers.

9. THE WORLD WIDE WEB WAS INVENTED BY AN ENGLISH SCIENTIST

 

It’s thanks to an English scientist named Tim Berners-Lee that we can use the internet like we do today. He invented the “WWW” also known as the World Wide Web.

10. ENGLAND WON THE FIFA WORLD CUP BACK IN 1966

In general, English football is highly regarded around the world thanks to its Premier League and various top football teams. But the national team isn’t always meeting the high expectations from its supporters.

But they can still pride themselves with a World Cup title back in 1966 when they won against West Germany with 4-2

10 X FUN FACTS ABOUT ENGLAND

  1. There are more chickens than people in England
  2. It Is A Criminal Offense to Stick A Postage Stamp To An Envelope Upside Down
  3. French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
  4. It is illegal to die in the House of Commons
  5. English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world
  6. York was the first English city to become settled permanently by the Danish Vikings (in 867) and the last to remain under Viking rule (until 954)
  7. England’s most popular dishes include Spotted Dick, Bangers and Mash, and Toad in the Hole.
  8. The highest temperature ever recorded in England was 38.5°C (101.3°F ) in Brogdale, Kent.
  9. Beer has been brewed here for hundreds of years
  10. David (male) and Susan (female) are the most common given names.

5 X ENGLAND FACTS FOR KIDS

  • The most popular sport in England is football.
  • Robin Hood was a real person, although not 100% the same as the movies.
  • Stephen Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin were all English scientists
  • Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh is based on a real person.
  • Æthelstan is considered as the first real king of all England (year 927)

IS ENGLAND A COUNTRY?

Yes, England is a country. But with Scotland, Wales and Northern Island they make up Great Britain and the 4 of them together make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

However, the United Kingdom is the one country recognized as a sovereign state (represented by one central government that has sovereignty over the entire UK and the power and authority to enter into relations with other sovereign states.

That’s why the United Kingdom is a member of the UN, and not England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as separate countries.

But, yes, England is still regarded as a country, but not as a sovereign state. That’s also why the people of the United Kingdom has a UK passport (British) and not an English passport for example.

In some Sports, such as Football, Cricket, and Rugby the countries that make up the United Kingdom is competing on their own. For example, England has their own national football team, but in the Olympics, they compete under the flag of the United Kingdom.

I hope you enjoyed this article How many of these facts did you know beforehand?

 

 

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The City of York

Imagine a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround contemporary independent shops and vibrant eateries and there’s a festival for every month of the year. Welcome to York !

The city, split by the River Ouse, is best-known for its 800-year-old minster and The Shambles, a picturesque cobbled lane dating from the Middle Ages.York is an ideal size for exploring on foot, and is surrounded by some of England’s most beautiful countryside; it is only just over two hours by train from London or Edinburgh

           

.Few cities in the world can rival York for history and character. A picturesque riverside city encircled by ancient walls, York has a fascinating story that goes back 2,000 years

You can not go to york without visiting the Minster. Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England cathedral features magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass, stonework and elaborate tombs.You have the opportunity to explore underground chambers and follow in the footsteps of Roman Soldiers If you have the energy you can climb the 275 steps of the central tower,and from there you will be at the highest point in the city and be rewarded with amazing views.

Afterwards why not treat yourself to a nice afternoon tea. The place to go is  the most famous tea rooms in all Yorkshire …..Bettys Tea Rooms A cross between a traditional English tea room and a sophisticated Swiss cafe,with beautiful interiors inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner,   Bettys is like no place else for afternoon tea and they have an amazing   selection of sweets and light meals

The Shambles is an old street in the city with overhanging timber framed  buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe and  although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open window. Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafes, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp dealers York’s most famous shopping street was  once lined with Butchers’ shops, today the smells are rather more pleasant with aromas from the chocolate, fudge and sweet shops, clothes and accessories and gift shops.

In the evening if you  are feeling brave and like an adventure you  could  travel back in time, cross the centuries and experience the stories that make up the hidden and blood chilling history of York’s ghostly tradition.Be guided along narrow passageways and dark streets  to investigate bloodcurdling tales of scandal and death – of phantoms, ghosts, apparitions and supernatural stories of the strange and macabre The tours usually last around ninety minutes and it is an experience not to be missed !

 

There is something for everyone in York, whether you are a history buff or just want to to enjoy the wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere and winding streets where you will find something interesting around  every corner. And if you decide to stay longer there are many hotels and guest houses to suit all budgets So if ever  you find yourself in England be sure to put York on your must see list !!

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Loghaat centre

A great place to learn ! 

 One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞

‒Frank Smith

Here at the  Loghaat  Centre  we understand the powerful, life-changing benefits as well as the challenges and frustrations of foreign language learning. Tricky or overly-demanding work schedules, memory struggles, pronunciation mysteries, lack of speaking partners, new technologies.Our aim is to educate ,inspire and empower both adults and children through language and  culture.

We provide the highest-quality language training and related services to our students and clients at the best value and with excellent customer service. Setting and following high standards of performance and achievement  and

providing a comfortable and inviting learning environment.

Not only are we a learning centre but we offer nursery facilities too.  At Loghaat we will provide a safe,happy,caring,secure and stimulating environment for your child They will be encouraged to develop their capabilities as successful learners through English and German become confident individuals and responsible citizens ..helping your child prepare for their future .

 

                                                         

 

And lets not forget our homework club .What is a homework club?A homework club is a place where your child can complete their homework in a supportive environment outside the classroom and away from any distractions at home. …here your child can come after school and get help with their work they have learned in school  from our qualified professionals The homework club will have a positive impact on your child’s confidence, and the  children benefit not only from the academics, but from knowing that an adult cares for them, and believes in them. Giving them a head start in life.

                     

 

At the centre we offer a variety of courses for any age and at very competitive prices whether you  want to study for academic reasons or just want conversation in a group or in  private lesson  you can increase your current English or German  level, focusing on your reading, writing, speaking and listening.   So why not come and visit us or give us a call  We are waiting for you ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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