An Assortment Of Fridge Magnets From The United Kingdom More Of Which Can Be Seen At Souvenirs From The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, to give it its full title is an island sovereign state. It consists of the Island of Great Britain and the north-eastern part of Ireland and contains four countries England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Its only land border is with the Republic of Ireland; other than that it is bordered by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, English Channel, and Irish Sea. The United Kingdom has a total area of 94,060 square miles, of which England accounts for just over half, Scotland accounts for just under one third, Wales accounts for less than one tenth, and Northern Ireland accounts for just five thousand , four hundred and seventy square miles. Whereas England consists mainly of lowlands, the other three countries are more mountainous and hilly. Culturally the United Kingdom has always been famous for its playwrights, poets, and authors such as William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, and more recently JK Rowling. Musically the United Kingdom has produced such composers and songwriters as Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, and Lennon and McCartney. Our range of attractive fridge magnets depicts the colour and variety of the United Kingdom.

Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnets Featuring Historic And Picturesque Sites In The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is home to a myriad of historic and picturesque sites. In the county of Wiltshire stands the monument on Stonehenge. This monument was built over three stages and it is the third stage, completed approximately three thousand, five hundred, years ago, that can be seen today. There are several theories as to why the monument was constructed, including ceremonial worship, and a burial ground. The site is open to the public but there are sometimes restrictions during the solstices when the area can be used for worship. Up at the other end of England is the Lake District in the country of Cumbria. This land of forests, mountains, and lakes is home to all of the land in England that is over three thousand feet above sea level, including Scafell Pike which, at three thousand, two hundred and nine feet in height, is England's highest mountain. Tourists to the area can visit the South Lakes Wild Animal Park where some of the animals, such as kangaroos and emus, roam freely amongst the visitors. Across the border in Wales is Crib Goch, a large arête ( a thin, knife-like ridge of rock). It is situated in The Snowdonia National Park which is a popular destination for tourists. Those that want to go to the top of the mountain of Snowdon itself can do so by climbing or on the mountain railway. Moving to Scotland the Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic stone circle, similar to Stonehenge. The age of the site is uncertain and the results of an excavation, which took place in 2008, are still preliminary. The site forms part of the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney' which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Across the sea in Northern Island is the Giant's Causeway. This incredible sight is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Approximately forty thousand interlocking basalt towers look like stepping stones from the cliffs to the sea; the tallest are approximately thirty nine feet high. The site is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. These interesting sites are featured on our range of attractive fridge magnets.

Acrylic Fridge Magnets Featuring English Towns And Cities

London is the capital city of England and is home to approximately eight million people. It is home to Queen Elizabeth II and her official residence (Buckingham Palace) is open for tours by the public. Close to the Palace are the buildings of Westminster with Westminster Palace, commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, where the bell ‘Big Ben' tolls. One of our fridge magnets depicts a sight which is getting rarer; the iconic red telephone box. In these days when the majority of people in the United Kingdom have access to a mobile telephone, there is less need for the existence of telephone boxes. Most cities in the United Kingdom have their fair share of parks and gardens. One of those we feature on our fridge magnets is in the city of Birmingham. Situated in the middle of England it is sometimes referred to as England's second city although there is no officially recognised deputy to the capital. Birmingham was originally a small market town but grew to prominence during the Industrial Revolution and, at one point, became known as ‘the first manufacturing town in the world'. Another English city, Cambridge, is best known globally as the home of the University of the Same Name. The University was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked in the top five universities in the world. One of the familiar sights in the city is students punting (boating in a flat bottomed boat) on the River Cam which flows through the city. Nottingham is another University town. This area is also famous the world over for the heroic character of English folklore, Robin Hood. With a legend that he and his band of ‘merry men' gathered in Sherwood Forrest and robbed the rich to give the poor, Robin has been then star of many a television show and movie over the years. Nottingham is also a cathedral city, a fact that it shares with Winchester. Once the capital of England, Winchester is a small city with a population of approximately forty thousand; it is located in the county of Hampshire. Its main tourist attraction is its cathedral, one of the largest in England. The old cathedral was founded in 642 and work on the new cathedral commenced in 1079; it was consecrated in 1093. Several famous figures are buried at the cathedral including the author Jane Austen whose most famous works include ‘Pride and Prejudice', and ‘Sense and Sensibility'. All of these diverse cities feature on our collection of attractive acrylic fridge magnets.

Acrylic Fridge Magnets Featuring Welsh, Scottish, and Irish Towns And Cities

Several Irish, Scottish, and Welsh cities feature on our attractive acrylic fridge magnets. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It has come a long way since its origins as a prehistoric hill fort. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city; it is home to the oldest building in Edinburgh, St Margaret's chapel, which was built by Scottish King David I. In the middle of summer the Castle plays host to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a show of military displays from around the world. Another famous event in the city is the annual arts festival which is the biggest in the world and consists of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. All of these attractions help to make Edinburgh the second most visited city in the United Kingdom. Another of the capitals in the United Kingdom is Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Cardiff is the largest city in Wales; it received city status in 1905, and was made the Welsh capital in 1955. Cardiff Castle is medieval in origin, although the first fortress built on the site was constructed in the eleventh century by Norman invaders. From the mid-eighteenth century the castle was owned by the Marquis of Bute. When the last Marquis died in 1947 the castle was given to the city of Cardiff and is now run as a tourist attraction. Armagh is not the capital of Northern Ireland, that is Belfast, but it is a historically important city. Navan Fort (or Emaın Macha in ancient Irish) lies at the edge of Armagh. It was believed to be a place of Pagan ritual. When Christianity reached the island in the mid four hundreds Armagh became the ecclesiastical capital with St Patrick creating his principal church there. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, a man who was born in Roman England and was taken at the age of sixteen to be a slave in Ireland. Having escaped when in his twenties and fled back to his family he later returned to bring Christianity to the people of Ireland.