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Great Britain

Travel Guide

Home to England, Scotland and Wales, Great Britain or 'Blighty' as the locals know it, really has it all. From the hustle and bustle of London to the bright lights of Brighton Pier, the hiking trails of the Lake District and Wales, to the whisky breweries in Scotland, there's a new adventure to be experienced wherever you go. Share your unique experience with us on Instagram (@STATravel) using #OMGB.

Great Britain Fast Facts

Languages spoken in Great Britain

Languages Spoken

English is the main language in Great Britain, but different dialects are spoken in the different countries such as Scottish, Gaelic and Welsh.

Currency in Great Britain

Currency

Name: Great Britain Pound or Pound Sterling
Code: GBP
Symbol: £
£50 is approx $70

Time Zone in Great Britain

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
UTC (+00:00)

Top places to visit in Great Britain

Britain is a land of diversity and perfect for a good ol' adventure. Explore old historic cities in Scotland, grab a traditional pint of beer in a London pub and experience the rural landscapes of the Lake District. Get more travel inspiration below.
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Great Britain Costs

Beers

That all important pint of beer in a British pub can set you back around £4-£8 (approx $5.60 - $11) depending on where in the UK you are. Expect to pay more in cities, London tops the pint prices wheras Herfordshire is the cheapest place to drink.

Meals

The cost of an average meal in the UK restaurant ranges between £10-£15 (approx $14-$21). Pubs in central London are a bit more pricey but street food delicacies can be found in many parts of the city and cost around £4-£6 (approx $6-$8.50).

Taxi Ride

A 3km taxi ride in the UK costs on average £5-£7 (approx $7-$9.80) but fares differ greatly between cities, especially in London and Aberdeen, where it can set you back £8-£10 (approx $11-$14) for the same journey.

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Transport

Travel on buses and subways in cities usually cost between £3-£6 (approx $4-$8.50), intercity coach travel starts from £5 (approx $7) if you want to get from city to city. To travel independently, you can book a campervan with us from $34pp per day.

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Hostels

You can find clean, budget hostels all over Britain and dorm beds in UK hostels will cost between $15 and $25.

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Hotels

The average price for a night in a mid-range hotel would be somewhere between $135 and $170.

When to visit Great Britain

Britain's well known for having temperamental weather & it fluctuates throughout the year, but peak times to visit are during the warmer months from May-September. This is when the countryside is perfect for hikes, the cities are buzzing with pop-up markets & beer gardens spilling on to the streets. Visit during Christmas and New Year and you'll find magical Christmas markets & cosy pub vibes.
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Things to do in Great Britain

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Intern in Great Britain
Do something exciting this semester and intern in Britain! Experience the real British life and culture from the inside, while you work and live in cities like London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff and more! Work as an intern anywhere in the UK for up to 6 months and add some sparkle to your resume.
From $755
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Food heroes of Bath
"Food Heroes" is a 3 hour walking tour in central Bath including visits and sample tastings with some of Bath's best artisan food and drink producers!  We also share some of the the foodie history of this UNESCO World Heritage city which has become a major destination on the UK's culinary trail and now hosts some well known and respected figures in the British culinary industry.
From $50
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Adventure Tours

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Contiki Sounds - Reading Festival
Trace the roots of the Beatles in Liverpool, take a spin around the nightclubs in Manchester, walk in the footsteps of Rock music royalty in Birmingham, nip over to Wales for a night in buzzing Cardiff and then it’s on to the main event – 4 days of VIP style partying at one of the UK’s biggest, oldest and best festivals – Reading Festival.
11 days from $1,399
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London Explorer
Add this self-guided package onto your other Contiki holidays and use the time to discover museums, shop on Oxford Street, eat curry on Brick Lane, see a West End show or listen to some of the hottest music coming out of England's famous nightlife. Also included is a day trip up to Bath and Stonehenge! 
5 days from $595
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Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge
If you feel you've never really got a proper taste of Old England, this full day trip will have you exploring castles, discovering mysterious stones, visiting charming cities, and chilling out in a spa! 
From $146
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Transport around Great Britain

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Britrail Flexipass
See Britain on your own terms with the flexibility of a Britrail Flexipass, which lets you travel across the whole National Rail network of Great Britain. Explore as much or as little of England, Wales and Scotland as you want!
Britrail Flexipass from $165
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Campervan Hire
When there's a wheel, here's a way! Take to the open road and breath in the Great British air with campervan hire.
From $34 per day
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National Express + Eurolines
Travel around the United Kingdom via coach and experience the scenic views that this history-filled country has to offer.
From $9 one-way
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Where is Great Britain?

Great Britain is in western Europe, and located north west of Germany, Belgium and France. It consists of three countries: England, Scotland and Wales. The difference between the UK and Great Britain is that the UK includes Northern Ireland, whereas Great Britain does not.

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