Quick Info United Kingdom
Location: North West Europe – and this tiny island has no land borders.
Get Here: via Plane with Momondo or via the Eurostar if arriving from the continent.
Currency: British Pound (GBP) – check the latest exchange rate here
Electrical Plug Fixture: Type G (Grab yourself a universal adapter and you’ll never have to worry about having the right plug again!)
Time Zone: UTC
Capital City: London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Cardiff, Wales; Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Other Major Cities: Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool (UK) Cardiff (Wales) Glasgow, Edinburgh (Scotland)
Famous For: Fish & Chips, Black Cabs, Red Buses, High/Afternoon Tea, The Queen, Tea, Oasis, Blur, Buckingham Palace, The Beatles, David Beckham, William Shakespeare, Indian Food, Stephen Fry, David Attenborough and the Rain.
When To Visit: Let’s face it, no one goes tot he UK for the weather. Summer (June – August) in theory would be the best time to visit weather wise, although there are no guarantees. Spring (March – May) and Autumn (September – November) can be quite pleasant, although Winter (December to February) you are practically guaranteed dark rain filled skies and a limited number of daylight hours per day. I’m not saying there are not nice clear days in there, but I am originally from the UK, and I’m not afraid to tell it like it is!
Visa Requirements: Visitors from the USA and Australia are able to enter the UK for 6 months (for tourism purposes) without the need for a visa. All other nationalities – or if you plan to visit for a reason other than tourism, it is best to use the UK Government Website to check your particular circumstances.
Travel Within the UK: The UK is served by extensive rail and road links allowing visitors to travel around the country in relative ease. Car hire is available in all major – and most minor cities – Check AutoEurope and HolidayAutos for the best car rental rates; and RailEurope for planning and booking train tickets. Internal flights are also available, but for the short distance they travel – please consider the environment and chose a more ‘friendly’ form of transport.
Travel Vaccinations: As always, check your own government recommendations prior to traveling, however you should generally ensure your basic immunizations (such as Tetnus and Diptheria) are up to date and discuss with your travel doctor Hep A, Hep B and Rabies Inoculations alongside anything else they recommend at consultation.
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