United Kingdom Fast Facts
England Fast Facts
Capital: London Population: 60.5 million Language: English, Welsh Currency: British pound (GBP) Time Zone: EST plus 5 hours Electricity: 240V, 50Hz
Stonehenge Built in several stages starting around 3,000 BC, Stonehenge remains one of humankind's biggest mysteries. While science is still trying to determine the purpose behind this famous prehistoric monument, it is generally assumed to be some sort of astronomical observatory that reflects the changing trajectory of the sun through the sky and the seasons.
Tower of London Over the years, the Tower has served as an impregnable fortress, a royal residence, armory, treasury, and perhaps most notably, as a prison for those who offended the monarchy. Today, the Tower houses the Crown Jewels along with many other treasures and exhibits. Guarded by 37 "Beefeaters," legend has it the kingdom would fall if they were to ever desert the Tower.
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival
Every year on the second May Bank Holiday, a seven-pound wheel of cheese is released down a steep, bumpy hill in Gloucestershire. The rolling cheese is chased by dozens of thrill-seeking men and women who wind up falling head over heels down the hill and are ultimately carried off by one of the many paramedics waiting at the bottom. And while the cheese usually wins the race, the hillside of tumbling bodies makes for quite the bizarre and hilarious scene.