The island is a magnet for tourists from all over the world, starting with its capital, London, one of Europe's foremost cultural scenes, and yet steeped in an anachronistic aristocratic allure.
Once outside the capital, you will become acquainted with the country's fascinating history as you visit castles and forts, set in exquisite grounds dotted with lakes, like Chatsworth, often called a "second Versailles" and Blenheim, a Baroque jewel, or during a leisurely stroll in the elegant university cities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Those who would prefer a more active holiday could head for the huge cliffs of the impressive Pembrokeshire coast.
However, if you want a real breath of bracing fresh air, go even further north to Scotland's Highlands, where glaciers have carved stunning fjords and lochs along the coast.
Whichever region you are in, make sure you stop at tea time - an ideal occasion to sample the quintessence of Britain!
Michelin's recommendations for Grande-Bretagne
The new starred restaurants of the MICHELIN guide Great Britain & Ireland 2018
The new selection of the MICHELIN guide Great Britain & Ireland 2018 selects a total of 2067 restaurants.
The English pub: two thousand years of history
James Smith & Sons Umbrellas: a British essential
If you plan to visit the British Museum, you must pay a call to the magnificent Victorian store of James Smith & Sons, on the corner of New Oxford Street and Bloomsbury Street. Unchanged for 187 years, this shop sells timelessly classical umbrellas – the perfect British fashion accessory.