Before visiting any country make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 999
- Language: English
- Currency: British Pound
- Capital City: London
- Country Code: GB
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 62,641,000
- Driving: Left hand side
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- The UK is known for its history, there are many places to visit. The National Trust is an organisation that looks after many sites around the UK, take a look at their website for more historic sites around the country.
- The UK has a diverse culture, there are many different English accents some easier to understand than others. When visiting cities outside London you might need to listen more carefully, you might come across English you don't understand.
- The weather can be unpredictable, when going out for the day sure you can wrap up warm if needed. Four seasons in one day are not unheard of.
Are there any customs & traditions in the UK?
People of the UK love their tea and it is a tradition in the afternoons to stop for afternoon tea, this will also include light sandwiches and cake.
Whether you are visiting a coastal city or not fish & chips will be available in most cities, they are a great British tradition.
Ceremony, the British are a nation full of fantastic traditions from, Trooping of the Colour to the annual village fate. It is well worth looking into British history if you are visiting the country.
What’s the best time to travel to the UK?
Summer season is generally when the UK gets most tourists, although the weather can still be unpredictable.
What are the top safety tips for the UK?
Take care when withdrawing cash from a cashpoint, people could be watching. There are also a lot of homeless and beggars, be aware that you might be asked for money. If this makes you uncomfortable think about using another machine.
Be aware of pickpockets. They sometimes work in teams, someone may ask you for directions or may engage you in conversation to distract you. A colleague may be looking at your bag or pocket. Keep valuables safe, make sure your pockets are closed and your bag is zipped or locked.
If you are out exploring a new place make sure someone knows your itinerary. Make sure you have researched your route and the times you plan to travel. Big cities can look very different by night.
Violence or aggression rarely comes out of nowhere, there are usually warning signs, so keep an eye on what’s going on around you. The sooner you spot potential violence or danger, the easier it is to defuse the situation or move away from it.
What are the most common crimes in the UK?
Pick-pocketing is one of the most common tourist crimes worldwide, take care to zip up your bags and keep valuables out of sight when travelling in busy areas.
Criminal damage is a problem in the UK, be aware of groups of people or anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Stolen goods are often offered to tourists, be aware of anyone trying to sell you goods that seem to good to be true. They usually are!
For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Towns & Cities
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Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.
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Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse.
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York is a walled city in northeast England. A popular attraction is York Minster. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse and offers stunning views across the city.
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London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.