United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a sovereign country located off the north­western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom is home to around 66 million people.

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Details


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

Risk Level


Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 30%
Pickpickets 70%
Mugging 20%
Common Crimes 40%

Travellers Tips


Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.

United Kingdom

  • 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.

    Spring: 15ºC

    Summer: 21ºC

    Autumn: 18ºC

    Winter: 5ºC

  • 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!

Improve Your Safety

Knowledge The more you have the better equipped you are.

Research is always number one. Any place you choose to visit usually has something about it that makes us want to find out more, ultimately the more you know the better your experience.

Awareness The more you see the safer you become.

Armed with the knowledge of the possible risks, common crimes and safety advice, your raised awareness and enables you to spot possible hazardous situations before they unfold.

Response The right reaction can change a situation.

How you handle a situation is very important and can dramatically change the outcome. If you have recognised the potential dangers early enough it will give you time to process and decide on the best course of action… Find Out More

For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Towns & Cities

  • Water and boats in Bristol docks

    Bristol

    Once a centre for travelling merchants and commerce, the historic dock city of Bristol is now immersed in technology and tourism. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and it has the awards to prove why: in 2014 it was named the best city in Britain in which to live, the city received the European Green Capital Award in 2015 and many districts have been awarded Purple Flag status, showing a consistent level of excellence from evening/night-time businesses. Bristol seems to have it all!

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  • A cloudy day over Bradford

    Bradford

    The consistent curry capital of Britain, Bradford is known for a lot of different things. It was once the ‘wool capital of the world’, it was the site of the invention of the Cieroscope in 1896, it is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Bradford has a lot going on and all of it is pretty varied, who knew woolly curry films made sense?

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  • Large boat docked at Aberdeen

    Aberdeen

    This chilly and industrious city has a Pictish name, meaning ‘mouth of the river Don’ in reference to the Celtic river goddess Devona. Residing on the northeast coast of Scotland, Aberdeen has transitioned from being a hub of fishing, shipbuilding and textile production to becoming the centre of British oil trade. The cities’ architecture was built primarily with granite giving it a silver sheen to onlookers. Aberdeen is a city that shines both literally and with economic prosperity.

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  • Large tree surrounded by old-looking buildings in Bath

    Bath

    If you enjoy period dramas you’ll be sure to recognise some of Bath’s iconic architecture when you visit. From the Roman Baths to the Thermae Bath Spa, Bath has been a wellbeing destination for literally thousands of years- who can argue with that kind of popularity streak? Having the only natural thermal hot springs in the country is what first drew people to Bath but the array of museums, art galleries and the wall to wall history is keeping them coming back, even in modern times.

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  • Large cube-shaped building in Birmingham

    Birmingham

    Home to beloved British exports, such as Cadburys and Peaky Blinders; Birmingham is a huge and interesting city. With one of the largest densities of universities and colleges in the country, there is a diverse and changing population of both students and residents that call this city home. Whether you’re heading to the Jewellery Quarter for a special reason or just looking for a museum to wander around in, Birmingham has got you covered.

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