1. Most people refer to the clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament as Big Ben. However, that is only the name of the 13-tonne bell inside. The actual tower is known as St. Stephen’s Tower.
2.Golf was invented in Scotland, and can be traced back to 1457. However, it was outlawed for a while by King James II of Scotland, as it detracted from the army’s training!
3. British is the first country invented speeding ticket. The very first speeding ticket was issued to a driver named Walter Arnold in Kent in 1896, after he was caught going four times the speed limit.
4. Great Britain is home to the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world. The 2.7 km flight from Westray to Papa Westray in Scotland has a scheduled time of one and a half minutes, although the record stands at 47 seconds.
5. The British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year – around 100 million each day.
6. While Loch Ness may be famous for the mysterious sightings of Loch Ness monster (also known as Nessie!) it also holds the record for being the largest body of freshwater in Britain by volume.
7. The Queen is also the only person from Great Britain who doesn’t need to possess a British passport in order to travel.
8. The most famous British dishes include fish and chips, roast dinners, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and a classic full English breakfast.
9. According to experts, the British accent changes every 25 miles, and it’s thought a lot of the accents have developed as a result of geographic location, early settlers and immigration.
10. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary for increasing the number of words in the English language. It’s thought that his vocabulary contained over 20,000 words, and around 3,000 of these were added to our language.