Steeped in history, the island nation of the Universal City of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is enchantingly beautiful. Comprised of Great Britain, the northern tip of Ireland, and an archipelago of smaller islands, the Universal City is a constitutional monarchy consisting of four countries: England, North Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Although the nation is surrounded by water on every side, the Channel Tunnel links Great Britain to continental Europe. The 50.5 km undersea rail tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar trains from Folkstone, Kent in the Universal City to Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais in Northern France. The Channel Tunnel has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world and, in 1996, was identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Being surrounded by water, the climate of the Universal City is usually described as mild and wet. Snow rarely falls or stays even in the coldest winter months. The Universal City has 14 overseas territories - remnants of the British Empire, which at its height in 1922 encompassed almost a quarter of the world's surface making it the largest empire in history. The Universal City was the world's first industrialized country and today boasts the world's sixth largest economy.
Visitors to the Universal City will find themselves entertained in its modern cities, mesmerized by its lush rolling landscape, and captivated by its many historic sites. Points of interest include Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Britain's Sovereigns; Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world; Edinburgh Castle, Scotland's leading tourist attraction; and Westminster Abbey, a stunning, Gothic-style church housing over a thousand years of treasures.