Things to know before visiting UK

The United Kingdom is a diverse group of countries with a rich history and culture that will captivate travelers. Imagine walking through virgin lands to explore an ancient city. Plus, with four nations to choose from, you’ll find the UK just as appealing.

Each nation of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – has its own beauty.

Why is the UK worth visiting?

The UK is an all-in-one tourist destination with plenty to see and do on your trip. Not only can you visit many countries in a short period of time, but each country has a beautiful diversity.

MULTIPLE COUNTRIES IN ONE TRIP

When you travel to the UK, you can move between countries without entering the border and showing your passport. You can visit 1 to 4 different countries in a short period of time.

Travel to the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the vibrant and dramatic landscape. Relax on the rugged coast of Wales and try your luck at a spa. Then stop at a beautiful European house for traditional afternoon tea.

RICH AND COLOURFUL HISTORY

Almost every region of Great Britain has a history that goes back to the origins of the kingdom as far back as the 10th century. You will explore thousands of years of history and learn about the great changes it has undergone.

RICH AND COLOURFUL HISTORY

Almost every region of Great Britain has a history that goes back to the origins of the kingdom as far back as the 10th century. You will explore thousands of years of history and learn about the great changes it has undergone.

There are many high-quality museums that explore all aspects of British history. One moment you’ll be learning about Viking raids, the next you’ll be exploring the glorious Victorian era. There is so much to discover that you will definitely want to know more.

History is not only found in museums. Visit beautiful palaces, beautiful estates and ancient archaeological sites. You will appreciate the different architecture of villages, towns and cities.

 

It goes without saying that each country – England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland – has its own unique history. You will explore the history of these countries by listening to the stories of the locals.

COMPACT CITIES AND TOWNS

Most social housing in England was built during the middle Ages and therefore was not designed for cars. Fortunately, many centers are clustered together and the best places are close together.

Cities such as York, Oxford and Edinburgh have a rich history and many pedestrian routes connect the cities.

You will walk through the beautiful streets and head towards your favorite cafe or shop. For the most part, you won’t have to worry about traffic as you navigate the many landmarks of this small town.

When should I go to the UK?

Of course, you can immerse yourself in British history and culture at any time of the year. However, visiting between April and October will make the most of your trip.

Go in the spring, summer and fall when the weather is mild. Of course, you won’t be able to avoid the beloved UK rain, but you’ll definitely enjoy the warmer temperatures in winter.

Also, the sun sets later this time of year, so you plan more locations each day.

British weather

The weather in the UK is unpredictable, so your travel style may vary depending on when you visit.

SPRING

The land comes alive in the spring, from mid-March to May. Flowers bloom and the sun covers the green earth.

Average spring temperatures in the UK range from 7 to 18 °C (45 to 64 °F). Generally, the further south you go, the hotter it gets.

Rain generally occurs at any time of the year in the UK.But I hope the sun shines in spring.

SUMMER

Summer, which falls in June, July and August, is the warmest time of year in the UK. Plus, the sun sets in the evening, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore.

 

The average hottest summer in the UK is between 15 and 21 °C (59 and 70 °F). In general, the further south you go in the UK, the hotter the climate. For example, in London, temperatures can exceed 30°C (86°F).

AUTUMN

In the UK, spring and autumn are different, but the weather is similar. The landscape changes as the leaves turn from green to warm gold and red.

The average temperature in Scotland is between 8 and 15 °C (46 and 59 °F) and in southern England it is between 13 and 20 °C (55 and 68 °F).

WINTER

The UK has wet and cold winters. You can also experience snow activities in the higher regions.

Average winter temperatures in the UK are between 2 and 7 °C (36 and 45 °F).

Driving in the UK

A road trip is an excellent way to explore the UK. With your own car, you can see several sites in one trip and travel at your own pace.

Here are some tips for making driving in the UK as easy as possible:

  • REMEMBER TO DRIVE ON THE LEFT
  • PRACTISE DRIVING IN A QUIET AREA
  • RENT AN AUTOMATIC CAR
  • USE A GPS THAT VERBALLY TELLS YOU WHERE TO GO
  • TAKE AS MANY BREAKS AS YOU NEED
  • PRACTISE PARKING IN LARGER CAR PARKS FIRST
  • LEARN SOME OF THE UK-SPECIFIC RULES OF THE ROAD
  • BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF

Public transport

Across the UK, people travel by bus or train. You can buy train tickets in advance at a reduced price. This is especially true if you buy tickets out of season for bus or train travel.

For short trips in the city you can use contactless card payments, Google Pay and Apple Pay. This is especially useful in places like London, where cash is not accepted when traveling on the Underground (“the Tube”).To use public transport in London, buy an Oyster Card. The Oyster Card is a smart travel card used on the Tube. Simply collect credits and explore the city until you run out of credits.

Plus, because the Oyster card only requires you to top up your credit card, there are no transaction fees.

Visa information

Before traveling to the UK, it’s a good idea to check whether you need a visa on the UK government website.

For example, if you have a US, Canadian, Australian or EU passport, you do not need to apply for a visa. Don’t forget to take your passport with you when you enter the UK.

If you are a resident of a country that is not listed on the government website, you must obtain a visa before traveling. Visa applicants can stay up to six months on a tourist visa.

Money and currency

Before venturing off on your trip, it’s a good idea to understand the best and easiest ways to handle payments.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES

The currency of the United Kingdom is the pound sterling (sterling), often referred to as GBP or £. You may hear people refer to £1 as a ‘quid’, which is equivalent to 100 pence.

When it comes to making money in the UK, you will find that bank accounts vary from country to country. This is because Scotland and Northern Ireland have different budgets. It is accepted throughout the UK, but the currency shown is in English. The exchange rate is better in your home country. Check the rates before you go and consider taking out cash in advance.

ATMs (cashpoints)

ATMs, also known as cash machines, are available in the UK. They often offer competitive prices. Some machines allow you to withdraw money for free, while others charge a small additional fee. Fees vary from ATM to ATM, so check what the fee is before completing your transaction.

Credit and debit cards

In the UK, most businesses accept card payments and in some areas the use of cash is declining. Many cashless businesses only accept card payments.

Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Google Pay, Apple Pay and American Express credit cards are accepted throughout the UK.

That said, it’s always a good idea to carry cash with you. This is especially true in small towns where cash is often used.

TIPPING CULTURE

Tipping is common in the UK, but not as much as in other countries. However, it is a good idea to make a donation even if it is small. This is a great way to show your appreciation for a job well done, and it’s always nice.

Generally, you should tip between 10 and 20 percent in cafes, bars and restaurants. Of course, this amount may vary depending on the quality of the service. For taxis, prices can be combined according to customs. But if your service is really good, you might want to add something.

You can also leave a small tip for the cleaning staff when you check out.

Eating and drinking

Drinking tap water in the UK is safe and cheaper than buying bottled water. You can bring or buy a reusable water bottle to reduce the one-time use of plastic. You can fill up your bottle at hotels, cafes, city charging stations and other places.

TYPICAL FOOD AND DRINKS

There are many British and international cuisines. Especially in big cities, you should be able to do whatever you want.

Some British diners have English or Scottish breakfast. This is a delicious meal consisting mainly of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast with butter, baked beans, black pudding and other ingredients.

Try the British dessert called “pudding”. Try the cream cheese toffee pudding or the butter apple crumble.

If you’re in Scotland, try Scotland’s favorite drink, whisky, also known as ‘the water of life’. With hundreds of distilleries across the country, Scotland prides itself on producing high-quality whisky.

Enjoy afternoon tea, usually between 3 and 5 pm. originating in the 1840s, this delicious midday snack remains popular today. A platter of fresh sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries is served. Of course, everything is served with hot tea.

Use these UK travel tips and you’ll be ready for a trip in no time. See Britain’s most impressive landmarks as part of a self-drive or small-group tour.

Let an expert start planning your dream UK tour. Our team at Divine Associate ltd Travel and Tours knows what it takes to make a trip stress-free and deeply special.

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