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Welcome to United Kingdom

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

The UK has so much to offer when it come to booking holidays, any bookings that are made with JiveHippo.travel will be completed with email confirmation by our friendly helpful staff.

If you are travelling the UK with the kids then a must visit would have to be Legoland. There are over 55 different rides for the kids to enjoy, where they can fly through treetops to escape the dragons, ride the rapids with the Viking fleet or even get their own Legoland drivers licence. The park has their own hotel to accompany those families that wish to stay and enjoy more than one exciting day.

Take a trip to the North and visit Scotland´s large deep freshwater loch in the highlands, Loch Ness. Keep a look out for the alleged Loch Ness Monster, locally known as Nessie. Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland and contains ore fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. Have fun buying gifts in the souvenir shop finding gifts for all your loved ones.

Have you ever visited any of the 7 wonders of the world? Start in the UK and visit Stonehenge, the best known prehistoric monument in Europe. you will be able to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors, step into the small Neolithic houses and discover the tools and objects of what was their every day life. Pop into the exhibition center, where you will find 250 ancient objects and you will be able to come face to face with a 5500 year old man!

Climate

Most people would say that the weather in the UK is cold and rainy, however this is far from true.

The climate in the UK is known to be temperate maritime, which means that the winters can be cold and temperatures do not reach much more than 0ºC, but the summers can be warm and hit temperatures that reach up to 32ºC.

July and August are said to be the hottest months of the year, whereas February is normally the coldest.

If you want to get the best temperature on your UK holiday, then the best times to visit would be May, June, September and October.

Duty Free

When bringing duty free good in to the UK, you may be required to visit the customs duty for some of your goods such as; alcohol and cigarettes.

If you are travelling from the EU, you will be able to carry an unlimited amount of most of the goods for your own use with paying tax.

Getting Around

The UK has a very good public transport system, with a combination of buses, trains and trams.

The bus services are reliable on an every day basis. Be aware that first thing in the morning and around 3pm the buses carry many school kids, so buses may be crowded, or you may be told that priority goes to the children during these times. On a weekend or a bank holiday, you may find that there are still buses, but they are not as regular as during the week. You will be able to purchase a daily, weekly, monthly or even a yearly bus pass, which you will be able to use as many times as you like until that pass expires.

The trains are comfortable and reliable and go to many destinations from the cities to rural areas. The main reasons that the trains may be late or not running, will be due to extreme weather conditions such as thick snow, or because of track jumpers, which have been common. You will be able to purchase your train ticket in the station, with different options given for that ticket, depending on the times you are travelling and where you may be travelling too.

Uber is the new big thing in many countries, so when it comes to taxi service, apps such as Uber will allow you to book cabs very quickly. If you are in London, then you will see the famous black cab, which normally charge by distance and time. 

 

Health

The National Health System in the UK is known to be one of the largest health care systems in the world.

If you are travelling from another country you may need to show your travel insurance as some treatments that you may need may not be covered by you insurance.

If you are taken to A&E as an emergency treatment then you will not be charged, by may still need to show your travel insurance papers.

Language

The official language that is spoken in the UK is English.

There are many different dialects throughout the UK and places such as Ireland, Scotland and Wales with have their own language, which may be taught in their schools.

Money

The official currency of the UK is the Pound (£).

The UK do not use the Euro (€), however you may find shops that will accept it, although this will be a rare event.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will accept the Pound (£), even though they have their own currency of Scottish Pounds and Irish Pounds.

ATMs are found all over the towns and cities and all your major debit and credit cards are widely accepted.

Safety

The UK is generally a safe place, however like any where in the world you need to take the right precautions.

In busy areas such as, public transport and the main tourist areas you may be open to pickpockets and theft. Always keep your belongings close to you and avoid flashing money or other luxuries.

If you are walking alone at night then try and keep to main roads and well lit areas.

Time

The UK is under the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (UTC+00:00)

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