Travelling to Britain and Ireland has become an attractive option for many people since Brexit.
The low British Pound and Euro has made the exchange rates very favourable indeed for those travelling from abroad.
Some may not be quite sure what to expect so see some handy tips below for when visiting Britain and Ireland:
Depending on what coach tour company you travel with, on average, most British and Irish tours have around 40 passengers but can hold a maximum of 50 passengers.
Most tours travel during the daytime only. Departures can be early and are often very early on the first day if leaving from London.
There is rarely any travel longer than 3 hours without a stop for sightseeing or a break. Tours are all planned and well paced to maximize sightseeing.
Most coaches have restrooms and make frequent rest/bathroom stops, usually at 2-hour intervals or less, for the comfort of all passengers.
The majority of coaches are not accessible for the physically disabled so travellers should be able to get on and off the coach unaided. However, most tour operators allow you may bring a light-weight foldable wheelchair if needed.
Again, depending on the Tour Company, children over a certain age are permitted to travel on coach tours and usually get a discount on non budget holidays.
Hotels on Tour
British and Irish hotels usually come in 3 classes – first class (3 star), superior first class (4 star) or deluxe (5 star).
First class tours use these 3 options while budget tours often use hotels away from the centre of towns.
Bedding options are usually a choice of single, twin, double or triple rooms.
You will usually pay a single room supplement for a single room or you can opt for a twin share with another guest of the same gender to save money.
For a twin room you get 2 separate single beds. For a double you get a double bed which is king size or bigger.
If there are three people sharing a room then a triple room will usually have a double and one twin bed.
Most rooms should have TVs and hairdryers plus a shaver outlet in the bathroom.
Check-in times vary between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm depending on the individual hotel.
To enter Britain, a passport valid for the duration of your stay is required, except for EU Nationals holding a valid national ID card.
Visas for the United Kingdom are required by many outside of Europe.
Exceptions include Australian, New Zealand, Malaysian, Singapore, Canadian and US citizens.
If you are not a citizen of the UK or Ireland, then you will require a passport and possibly a separate visa to visit Ireland.
Currency & Credit cards
Different currency is used in Britain and Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland uses the euro, while in Britain and Northern Ireland the pound sterling is used.
In Ireland there are seven euro notes in denominations of €5 to €500 and eight euro coins used.
In Britain and Northern Ireland pound sterling comes in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50 and eight coins including £1 and £2.
High denomination bills are not readily accepted for exchange, even in banks, so it is better to carry smaller denominations.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Britain and Ireland.
American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted.
It’s always a good idea to use credit cards to avoid carrying large sums of cash.
Advise your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your credit cards as this can sometimes happen.