What do you know about Great Britain? With so much history and such a rich tableau of intriguing facts, stats and characteristics, we’ve had a little fun curating our top ten facts about this great country, as part of our 2019 discovery of Britain!
1. We Brits consume 165 million cups of tea a day
This seems like an excessive number of cups of tea, but remember tea is almost a symbol of British culture itself, whilst also being an essential part of most British people’s everyday life, as this fun fact goes to show.
The Republic of Ireland beats Britain in their tea consumption; with the average citizen drinking up to 4-6 cups a day, making them the tea drinking champions of Europe. Turkey is the biggest tea consumer in the world.
Make a perfect start to your discovery of Britain and book one of our truly famous Hallmark Hotel afternoon teas. Sit back and enjoy a variety of delectable treats with some of the best quality teas in the land, served by diligent staff in sumptuous surroundings. There’s not a more quintessentially British pastime!
2. The deepest lake in Great Britain is Lake Morar in the Highlands and is 1,013ft deep.
This is a deep lake – it’s nearly as deep as the height of the Eiffel Tower (1060 ft)! Lake Morar is 12 miles long and is also home to another Scottish mythical monster; Morag. Though not as well-known as Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, there have been many sightings of Morag over the last hundred years, with some saying it’s a large beast like Nessie and others saying a fair mermaid-type creature bringing a death omen from rival clans
3. Great Britain’s mainland coastline spans 11,073 miles
Without counting the Channel Islands, the main island of Great Britain has a lot of coastlines. In fact, wherever you are in Great Britain, you are never more than 70 miles away from the sea! Seaside holidays used to be the norm in Britain, up until air travel became cheaper and easier.
With so much gorgeous coastline to enjoy, it made the perfect summer holiday destination – and still does today!
If you want to soak up the sun on a proper British seaside holiday, head to one of our side-by-side Hallmark Hotels in Bournemouth where you can feel like you’re by the Mediterranean.
Surrounded by palm trees and seven miles of honey-colored sands, Bournemouth is the perfect staycation destination, where you can get active and go hiking, climbing, swimming, and shopping while enjoying stunning panoramic views or simply relax and breathe in the sea air by the pool in a luxurious hotel.
Download our guide to Bournemouth to help you get to know the area and plan your trip!
4. Christmas was abolished by the English parliament in 1647
The government was puritan led at the time and they objected to the feasting and revealing which they saw to be immoral and wasteful. Thus, they banned Christmas festivities and insisted on removing any traditions that were unbiblical, insisting on fasting over feasting.
The ban ended in 1660, with the Restoration of King Charles II; can you imagine 13 long years without Christmas?
Thank goodness Hallmark Hotels can be depended on to host the loveliest Christmas celebrations around; from thrilling yuletide, parties to cosy Christmas residential packages which enable you to make a Hallmark Hotel your home at the most wonderful time of the year.
Browse our Hallmark Hotels at Christmas page to select a Hallmark Hotel to view the Christmas schedule of events and festive offers.
5. Football, cricket, rugby, golf, baseball (rounders), tennis, netball, badminton, squash, and boxing were all sports that were invented in the United Kingdom
This is a pretty incredible list of sporting inventions – and there are even more beyond this list! Table tennis too, as well as darts, snooker, field hockey, bobsleigh, water polo, and competitive rowing, are all competitive sports invented in the UK.
It seems that we are a nation of sportsmen, who have always enjoyed devising rules of competition. If you fancy indulging your sporting side while enjoying a staycation then head to either Hallmark Hotel Cambridge or the sumptuous Hallmark Hotel the Welcombe Stratford-Upon-Avon where you will find our two championship golf courses.
You can enjoy a day on the course, followed by a good meal and blissful night’s sleep. Repeat until satiated.
6. French was the official language of Great Britain for over 300 years
Pardon? Est-ce-que c’est possible? Mais oui! From the conquest in 1066 until the end of the fourteenth century, French was the official language spoken by king and his court. There were marriages with French princesses which maintained the French status of the royal family.
It became less and less the more spoken language at court further into the 14th century – but more the second language of most cultivated courtiers.
7. Scotland is home to over 31,460 freshwater lochs
This number doesn’t count reservoirs and the majority of these lochs are concentrated in the Highlands.
The lochs occurred from the glaciation that formed the glorious Scottish landscape millions of years ago. The last of the glaciers melted around 11,500 years ago and lochs and lochans (small lochs) formed across the Highlands.
Exploring Scotland is a glorious pursuit that will make you feel as close to nature as you can get. Hallmark Hotel Glasgow will welcome you with warmth while you discover vibrant Glasgow and the surrounding area, including the nearby historic Edinburgh. Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport is your perfect coastal base to explore the Highlands and the breath-taking landscape that holds the majority of these ancient lochs and mountains.
8. London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway system
London underground, the symbol of the capital, a symbol of Britain. Busy London commuters rushing to their morning trains, reading their papers, ignoring each other in companionable silence or muttering quietly about schedule changes. This is London.
London is a great city, worth exploring in depth, whether you live nearby or hundreds of miles away. Museums, galleries, exquisite architecture, monuments, shops, parks, and culture – it’s all there. Stay at Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent, an oasis within a Georgian manor just 30 mins from the heart of the capital.
9. Stonehenge was built between 3000 BC to 2000 BC
This prehistoric monument is probably one of the most famous in the world. Situated in the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is believed to have started as a burial ground and continues to this day to be a place of great spiritual significance.
It was built in stages and using two different types of stone, one of which was brought from 140 miles away from the site, from the Preseli Hills in south-west Wales. A lot of mystery surrounds this magical place, not least the question of how on earth prehistoric men hauled such heavy stones so far.
10. There is a Roman wall stretching 74 miles coast to coast in the north of England
Hadrian’s Wall was built in under 6 years by an incredible 15,000 strong team. The building of this amazing stone wall began in 122 AD, during the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
The exact intention of the wall is unknown, but it is believed that it was a demonstration of Roman power and Hadrian’s defence.
Today you can walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall and discover a whole host of Roman history in this part of the country. Your perfect base for exploring these rich historical sites is Hallmark Hotel Carlisle.
A hotel with a royal history and splendid architecture to soak up, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat and a restful night’s sleep in sumptuous accommodation.
Download our useful guide to Carlisle so you can make the most of your stay and see all the sights.
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about Great Britain. Believe us, there are so many more to discover. Take advantage of our two-night getaway offer while you discover your Britain this year!