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UK TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE

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On this page you will find all the practical information you need to plan your UK trip. This includes answers to all the questions you may have during every stage of the planning process.

If you still have questions or simply want to chat with like minded travelers planning their trips to the UK (or sharing their experiences) why not join my Facebook UK Travel Planning group? Its free and a great resource for everyone.

—-> Join my UK and London travel planning group on Facebook for more tips, inspiration and help from other travelers planning future travel to London and the UK.

YOUR UK TRAVEL PLANNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

1. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE UK?


If you are wondering when the best time is to visit the UK you may be considering a number of things including

What will the weather be like?
– What events will be on?
– When are the busiest/quietest months to visit?
– When is the best time to visit Scotland?
– When is the best time to visit London?
– When is the best time to visit England?
– What is there to do in London in July/October/April? etc


Find all the answers to these questions in my in-depth article linked below:

READ MORE – Guide to choosing the best time to visit the UK


CHRISTMAS IN LONDON AND THE DECORATIONS ON OXFORD STREET WORTH CONSIDERING WHEN DOING YOUR UK TRAVEL PLANNING




2. WHERE SHOULD I VISIT IN THE UK?


With so many amazing and beautiful destinations in the UK actually deciding where to go can be difficult.

My top 21 landmarks in England, top 19 places to visit in Scotland and top 10 lists for Wales and Northern Ireland are all good places to start.


READ MORE – VIRTUAL TOUR OF UK LANDMARKS AND SIGHTS





3. WHERE SHOULD I VISIT IN LONDON?


London is packed full of attractions, sights, museums and more to keep any visitor busy for days, weeks and months!

If you are unsure what to include in your London travel itinerary take a look at my ultimate London bucket list!


READ MORE – ULTIMATE LONDON BUCKET LIST – A TO Z



4. HOW DO I GET FROM HEATHROW INTO LONDON?


Another common question we are asked is how to get from the main London airports into the city of London itself.

There are many different options to suit everyones needs and budgets including the Underground, bus, taxi or even private transfer.

You can find out all about the different options by clicking the link below.

READ MORE – HOW TO TRAVEL FROM HEATHROW INTO LONDON (ALL THE OPTIONS EXPLAINED)




5. WHAT ARE THE BEST BOOKING SITES FOR PLANNING MY UK TRIP?


This post provides useful links to all the booking sites I recommend for you UK travels including hotels, tours, flights, train tickets and more.


READ MORE – UK TRAVEL PLANNING – BEST BOOKING SITES


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6. WHAT ARE THE BEST DAY TOUR OPTIONS FOR THE UK?


If you are looking for day tours to various destinations or tickets for attractions I recommend the following companies:

1. Get Your Guide
2. Take Walks
3. Rabbies
4. With Locals


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7. WHAT ARE THE BEST GROUP TOUR OPTIONS FOR THE UK?


If you prefer to take a group tour around the UK I recommend taking a look at the following companies:

1. Intrepid
2. TouRadar
3. Trafalgar


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8. WHAT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS ARE THERE IN THE UK?


You can find a variety of accommodation options in the UK to suit all price brackets from luxury to budget.

There are also hostels, apartments and AirBnB to choose from.

Scotland Accommodation Guide
England Accommodation Guide

Coming soon

London Accommodation Guide
Wales Accommodation Guide
Northern Ireland Accommodation Guide

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9. WHAT TRANSPORT OPTIONS ARE THERE IN THE UK?


The UK has a fairly decent public transport system between the major cities. It can be trickier traveling to smaller towns and remote areas and in those cases taking a road trip can be quicker and easier.

LONDON

HOW TO GET AROUND LONDON USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

TRAIN TRAVEL IN THE UK

A GUIDE TO TRAVELING ON THE RAIL NETWORK IN THE UK
TOP 10 UK TRAIN TRIPS

DRIVING IN THE UK

Coming soon – Guide to driving in the UK


2 UK TRAINS IN THE STATION



10. HOW CAN I ACCESS WIFI IN THE UK?


If you are wondering what your options are for accessing WiFi in the UK and continuing to use your smart phones you will find my recommendations in this article:


READ MOREGUIDE TO THE BEST WIFI OPTIONS FOR VISITORS






11. WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR THE UK?


Trying to decide what to pack for your UK vacation? My comprehensive packing lists (including a printable sheet) will ensure you are prepared.


READ MORE WINTER PACKING LIST FOR LONDON & THE UK

READ MORE
ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR THE UK



PACKING LIST PAD WITH PENCIL AND HOLIDAY ITEMS



12. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ACCESS MONEY IN THE UK?



In the UK the currency is the £ (pound sterling)

There are 1p 2p 5p 10p 50p £1 £2 and £5 coins as well as notes in the following denominations – £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100.

You will find that Visa and Mastercard are accepted just about everywhere.

Contactless transactions are available up to a £30 value (after a number of taps you will be required to enter your pin number so ensure you know what it is!)

I have a Transferwise account and card which I use as well as my normal credit cards when I am in the UK. The Transferwise card works like a debit card and can be loaded up with your home currency and converted into £££’s when required.

It avoids the charges you would incur using credit cards or your normal bank debit card and is an excellent way to handle spending money when traveling.

The exchange rate is excellent and I recently held Australian $$’s, Hong Kong $$’s and UK ££’s on my card. At the end of my trip I was able to transfer any unused currency back into my bank account.


CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TRANSFERWISE CARD



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13. WHAT INSURANCE DO I NEED FOR THE UK?


Please do not ignore the need for travel insurance. Make sure that you factor the cost into your holiday budget.


THE WORD INSURANCE WITH A RED ARROW WRITTEN ON A WOODEN BOARD



RECOMMENDED READING FOR UK TRAVEL

Below you will find a selection of the best books to read to help plan your trip – this includes guide books which are particularly useful.

If you are looking for some travel inspiration my article about movies featuring London is a great place to familiarise yourself with the city.

TRAVEL IN LONDON

Find lots of more inspiration for your trip to London in my London Travel Guide which has lots of tips, itineraries and more to help you plan your perfect itinerary.

TRAVEL IN ENGLAND

Find more inspiration for your travels in my England Travel Guide which includes information about what to see, where to stay, how to get around, travel tips, recommended reading and more to make the most of your trip.

TRAVEL IN SCOTLAND

Find more inspiration for your travels in my Scotland Travel Guide which includes information about what to see, where to stay, how to get around, travel tips, recommended reading and more to make the most of your trip.

TRAVEL IN WALES

Find more inspiration for your travels in my Wales Travel Guide which includes information about what to see, where to stay, how to get around, travel tips, recommended reading and more to make the most of your trip.

TRAVEL IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Find more inspiration for your travels to Northern Ireland. This page includes information about the main places to visit during your trip as well as recommended places to stay, tours to take and books to read.

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