46 Fun and Interesting Facts about Great Britain
- You can find over 300 languages spoken in the UK.
- For 300 years the British were all speaking French!
- As the stereotype dictates the Brits drink more tea than anywhere else in the world (about 165 million cups a day).
- The Queen owns every swan in the country.
- There are more chickens in Great Britain than people.
- Champagne was invented in England.
- There are some very strange laws. For instance it’s illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day despite tradition.
- Britain is considered to have the worst food in the world, however London is also home to many Michelin star chefs, including Gordon Ramsey, Heston Blumenthal and Marcus Wareing.
- British cows have regional accents.
- Britain holds the record for the world’s shortest war; just 38 minutes!
- The most common name is John Smith.
- Scotland is home to the world’s oldest golf course, Musselburgh. Although, this has recently been reassigned to St. Andrews.
- Wales has a railway station named “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”.
- London was the first city in the world to trial an underground railway.
- The most remote pub in Britain is 107 miles from the nearest city.
- Queen Victoria was once given a giant cheese wheel measuring 3 meters in diameter.
- It is considered treason to paste a stamp upside down.
- England is home to the largest Ferris wheel in Europe: The London Eye.
- The Queen may not enter the House of Commons.
- Scotland produces over 250 million litres of whisky each year; Scotch whisky is world famous.
- Kilts were temporarily illegal in Scotland.
- Sausages used to be named “Bags of Mystery”.
Flag of Great Britain – ‘The Union Jack’
- The British accent changes every 25 miles.
- 6,000 people in Britain suffer serious harm every year because they tripped over their trousers. Some of them fall down the stairs while trying to put their trousers on. Quite a number actually die.
- The Queen sends personalised birthday cards to people in Great Britain who turn 100. She also does this for those who turn 105 or older.
- The world thinks that ‘Fish and Chips’ are the UK’s favourite meal. But UK residents once voted Chicken Tikka Masala as their favourite dish.
- As well as tea, British people like coffee too – and drink 70 million cups every day.
- 25% of adults in Britain are obese. The UK has the highest rate of obesity on the planet.
Mousehole Harbour, Cornwall, England
- The UK covers 93,000 square miles. However, no location in England is further than 75 miles from the sea.
- It takes two minutes to fly from Westray to Papa Westray. The scheduled flights between the tiny islands are the shortest in the world.
- Llanfairpwll, a Welsh town, has one of the longest names of any town in the world. The town’s full name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch. You can see why people prefer the abbreviated name.
- ‘UK’ and ‘Britain’ are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing. The UK includes Northern Ireland.
- There are 69 official cities in the UK.
- The law prohibits any one from dying in the houses of parliament.
- In England, you can hire mourners for a funeral.
- When a Danish Warrior’s skull was discovered by Anglo-Saxon farmworkers, they started kicking it around, partly out of anger, partly out of amusement. This created a game called ‘Kick Dane’s Head’. This eventually became football.
- In the 16th Century, husbands were prohibited from beating their wives after 9 PM because the noise produced disturbed the sleep of those in the vicinity.
- A British man was wrongfully accused of killing his wife and daughter. He was eventually executed in 1950―this compelled legislators to outlaw the death penalty.
- Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest royal residence. It came into existence in 1080.
- The UK produced the world’s first billionaire author in J.K. Rowling.
- Stamps originated from the UK. The first stamp, the Penny Black was issued in 1840.
- People think that ‘Big Ben’ is the name of the famous clock tower. But they are only partly right. It is specifically the name of the bell.
- Britain doesn’t have a written constitution.
- Stonehenge, a popular British sight, is older than the Pyramids.
- Prince Charles is the heir to the British throne. He has held this position for over six decades.
- The law permits children over five years to drink alcohol as long as they’re on private property.