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London, the ‘capital’ of the world needs no introduction. With her many famous landmarks, London is epitomised by the immortal words of Samuel Johnson “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London all shout out the rich tapestry of history that Britain is well known for. Vibrant, cosmopolitan London offers the young and the old alike breathtaking sights that will keep you enthralled. From the daily pageantry, historical landmarks, exquisite restaurants to the humble but delicious pub lunches, world famous shops, the multitude of languages and nationalities, London is indeed a world within a city.

United Kingdom holiday

Rolling green hills welcome those leaving the city. Picturesque, quaint villages, all having a story to tell are a delight to visit. Visit Stonehenge, temple of the ancients, Stratford-upon-Avon, home of that world renowned playwright, William Shakespeare.

Scotland, the home of haggis and kilt and the Highland Games! Edinburgh Castle, famed for its annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, overlooks the picturesque city of Edinburgh. Explore the cobbled streets for traditional knitwear and sample a dram of ‘Scotland’s finest’ in one of the local pubs.

United Kingdom holiday

Wales, from the beautiful Gower Peninsula in the south to Caernarfon in the north, sends out a call to the visitor. This ancient Principality is recognised world wide for its passion of that ‘gentlemen’s’ game, rugby, and of course those renowned choirs found throughout the country. The Welsh valleys still echo the voice of Wales’ first son, the legendary poet and writer, Dylan Thomas.

Across the Irish Sea, we find Northern Ireland, a land renowned for its friendly people and natural beauty. Many impressive castles, monuments and monasteries dotted throughout the country, mark a turbulent history.


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The weather is very changeable and unpredictable. Winters are cold and wet with occasional snow, especially in the high-lying areas. Summers are generally short, but warm with frequent showers.

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Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

Money: The currency remains the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

GBP 1.00 =

USD 1.84

GBP 1.00

CAD 2.08

AUD 2.46

ZAR 13.13

EUR 1.45

NZD 3.01

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

United Kingdom holiday
United Kingdom holiday

Language: English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents and may sometimes feel they need an interpreter when speaking to locals.

Passport/Visa Note: If a visa is not required, travellers should hold a return or onward ticket, or proof of funds for the duration of stay. Passports must be valid for the period of intended stay in the UK. All nationals of non-EEA member states travelling to the UK for more than six months require an entry clearance.

Health: There are no specific health risks associated with travel to the UK and food and water can be considered safe. The British National Health Service is excellent; emergency treatment is free to visitors, but charges are made for routine medical care. A number of countries have reciprocal health agreements with the UK including Australia, New Zealand and EU countries. Visitors from other countries (including Canada, South Africa and the US) are advised to take out good medical insurance.

Tipping: 10 to 15% is expected in restaurants and upmarket hotels if a service charge hasn't been included. Hotel service staff receive an optional amount. Taxi drivers are usually given 10 to 15% of the fare. Other services are discretionary.
Safety: It is generally safe to travel throughout the UK, although travellers are advised to take special care of their personal belongings in central London, where pick-pocketing are often reported. There is a risk of international terrorism, as demonstrated by the deadly terrorist bomb attacks in central London on three tubes and a bus on 7 July 2005 that killed over 50 people and injured about 700. On 21 July 2005, four attempted bomb attacks on three underground tube stations and a bus mirrored the attacks of 7 July, but no injuries were reported.

Customs: Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone new. From mid-2007 smoking will be banned in all enclosed public spaces, including pubs and restaurants; currently no smoking is allowed on public transport. There is a strict etiquette on escalators - stand on the right, walk on the left. Visitors will find Londoners more rushed and less friendly than Brits in other parts of the country, particularly on London transport where tourists are generally the only people who talk.
Communications: The international country dialling code for UK is +44. The outgoing code is 00, or 048 for Northern Ireland, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). Mobile phones work throughout the country; the network operators use GSM 1800 networks, which may not be compatible with some dual-band US cell phones. Internet cafes are available in major towns and cities, train stations and airports.

Duty Free: Travellers to the United Kingdom over 16 years with goods purchased in the EU for personal consumption do not have to pay duty on these goods provided they are for personal use or are gifts for family and friends. This does not apply to large quantities of alcohol or tobacco if the amounts exceed the following limits: 3,200 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos (up to 3g each), or 200 cigars, or 3kg pipe or cigarette tobacco; 10 litres spirits with alcohol content higher than 22%, or 20 litres alcohol less than 22% alcohol volume, or 90 litres of wine, or 60 litres sparkling wine, or 110 litres beer. Travellers to the United Kingdom over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on the following items: 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos (up to 3g each), or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco; 1 litre spirits with alcohol content higher than 22%, or 2 litres dessert wine not exceeding 22% alcohol volume and sparkling wine, or 2 litres of table wine; perfume up to 60cc or 250ml eau de toilette; goods to the value of ₤145. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between countries of the EU, with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden. The import of firearms must be accompanied by an appropriate license or certificate. Passengers to Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar, Rwanda, Serbia and Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Somali and Sudan carrying sporting guns are not allowed to transit through the United Kingdom. All handguns are restricted under UK law and are only allowed on a BA aircraft with prior permission obtained from the Security Duty Manager. Prohibited items include indecent or obscene books, films or videos.


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