Welcome to Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the World's unitary states and although the United Kingdom is listed as 80th in terms of surface area, it ranks around 8th in terms of Gross Domestic Product (Wealth) and around 5th in terms of military expenditure being a Nuclear Power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The United Kingdom in general terms consists of; four primary constituent countries; England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland., three Crown Dependencies; the Isle of Man and the two ancient Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey., and fifteen United Kingdom Overseas Territories; Anguilla, Antarctic Territory, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Military bases on Cyprus, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena & Ascension Island, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, Tristan da Cunha and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

More about Britain

British National Gazetteers

The administrative divisions, cities, towns, villages and communities of the United Kingdom




Use this button to find a place name anywhere in the United Kingdom.



Current weather in the British capital cities


Current weather conditions in Belfast


Current weather conditions in Cardiff


Current weather conditions in London


The weather METARS displayed above are being generated by the British Towns and Villages Weather Station in Cambridge from information received via NOAA from official UK weather stations. We are now displaying the current weather conditions at all the major UK International Airports on the pages within this site. The METARS are updated automatically every 30 minutes from our weather station which is part of the St Ives website in Huntingdonshire and the district's four other principle towns being Godmanchester, Huntingdon, St Neots and Ramsey.

Latest images of Britain submitted by website users


The visitor centre is located within the restored Tudor House at Framlingham Cas
Visitor Centre 2
The visitor centre is located within the restored Tudor House at Framlingham Cas
Visitor Centre 1
Looking along the wall walk behind the curtain wall battlements of Framlingham C
Wall Walk
Looking down upon a ruined gatehouse from the curtain wall walk at Framlingham C
Ruined Gatehouse


Latest updates to British Towns and Villages

A full breakdown of additions and changes to the British Towns and Villages site can be found in the SITE NEWS


Events Diary Update

We have updated the events diary a number of times over the festive period and added another batch of events today to bring the diary up to date.

We have also added a small number of new venues and the events being held at those new locations too. 


National Event Diary and Latest Venue Additions