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United Kingdom : When and where to go?
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United Kingdom: Climate & Weather
The United Kingdom benefits from an Oceanic climate: Gentle and fairly humid with few severe contrasts and little marked seasons.
7°C - 45°F
London, updated 00:50 GMT
United Kingdom: Map
What to do in United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is at once close to the rest of Europe yet strangely apart.
Whether you choose it for cultural tourism or prefer nature holidays you will be seduced by its attractions as long as you are not going for a tan!
London is almost obligatory as a stopping point: A modern city with a dynamic vibrancy, it regroups over 50 nationalities and this diversity is simply fascinating. Add numerous monuments and the various museums such as the British Museum especially suited for Art Lovers or the Natural History Museum for history enthusiasts, its famous shops and the no less famous Hyde Park, the lungs of the City, and you have but a glimpse of the numerous attractions of this unique city that is definitely worth a few days stay.
However, the United Kingdom possesses magnificent, preserved natural areas and the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities in places such as the Peak District, in the centre of England, with its scattered and charming villages that will provide excellent stopping places when hiking or horse riding along the ancient paths. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is another such place worth exploring with its cliffs inhabited by Puffins and delightful creeks to discover.
Finally, enthusiasts of golf, which in England is considered more as a popular than an elitist sport, will find dozens of fantastic courses in Wales, all in gorgeous settings.
United Kingdom : The basics
Boat or plane, bus or train, the United Kingdom is easily accessible. Eurostar can get you from France to England in three hours!
The currency in circulation is the Pound Sterling which is currently worth around €1.16.
Concerning lodging, we would tend to recommend places offering Bed and Breakfast as a more economical alternative to the typical hotel. Individual house owners often advertise the availability of rooms by signs in the windows. Rates cost between €40 and €80 per night with breakfast included. Apart from the financial advantages this will also provide the opportunity to get to know some of the local people.
Local Tourist Offices can supply you with a list of local Bed and Breakfasts as well as cottages available locally for rental in the country areas.
Meals are generally eaten earlier than in many of the Continental countries such as France. You will no doubt greatly enjoy the traditional breakfast, both copious and tasty. For lunch you could also try a local dish, Fish and Chips, often eaten whilst walking in the street or visit a Pub, in this case plan for a budget of around €30 for your meal. Do not forget to leave a tip which is generally not included in the bill.
One hygiene detail which is in its own way very important; it is very easy to find public toilets which are, in the vast majority of cases, both clean and free to use.
Concerning the type of souvenirs to bring back from the United Kingdom, apart from tea or toffees, there are many things to choose from which will not break the bank unless you wish to buy some fashionable, and expensive, designer clothes from the London boutiques.
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