England, Great Britain, United Kingdom: What's the Difference?
- Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.
- The United Kingdom (UK) is a country that is a union of the countries on the island of Great Britain, along with the country of Northern Ireland (which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.)
- [The Republic of Ireland is] a separate country that is not part of the UK.
- London is also the capital of the UK.
Guidebooks will often include various parts of this geography, with the most common subdivisions being London, England, and Great Britain. Travelers should be aware that while all residents of the UK are British subjects, residents of Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland will prefer to be referred to as Welsh, Scottish, and Irish, respectively, rather than British.