An island country in Western Europe, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

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How to use sink with separate hot/cold taps?

I just traveled to Ireland. I was amazed to find that water sinks (at home, restaurants and public) have separate taps for hot and cold water. If you use only the cold water, your hands freeze. If ...
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How many types of Pound Sterling are there and what is the relationship between them?

Some years ago I brought some left over pounds to England. In a shop a shopkeeper denied my money with the quote: "This isn't Scotland." At that time I though I just met a patriotic idiot and moved ...
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Is it rude to talk on a mobile phone for the whole journey, when travelling alone in a London black taxi?

I had an uncanny feeling that it was rude of me to talk on a mobile phone for the whole journey, while travelling alone in a London black taxi. Is it the etiquette to have a conversation with the ...
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Is there any United States slang I should avoid in the UK or Ireland?

We'll be spending a couple weeks this summer in the UK (Scotland and London), then a week in Ireland. Is there any slang common in the United States that we be best avoided in either country? For ...
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Are there still any advantages to using an Oyster card for travel in London?

The advice to visitors to London always used to be to procure an Oyster card. Given that Transport for London now accept (in fact, have accepted for a while) Contactless credit/debit cards (and Apple ...
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Name has “Mr” appended on reservation, airline will not reply

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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Laptop Searches by Customs - UK and US

I'll be traveling to the UK (London) on a study abroad in the spring and will be bring my laptop for school and intern purposes. I was just curious what/if any rights UK customs has to search laptops ...
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Carrying medicines internationally for a friend

A friend of mine has asked to carry medicines from India to UK. She is also going to provide me the prescription for those medicines. However, I am a bit reluctant because the prescription that she ...
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Why do UK people stand on the right on escalators?

UK uses left-hand traffic. Traffic flows on the left side, people walk on the left. Is there any reason to stand on the right while using escalators?
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Should I carry a passport around everywhere I go in the UK?

I am a new student in the UK. I attend classes both in London and Cambridge. Should I carry my passport with me wherever I go within UK? Or is a college identity enough? My parents are visiting me ...
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Buying Paris metro tickets from Eurostar before/during the journey?

Whenever a Eurostar gets into Brussels, and especially when one gets into Paris, there is always a mad scramble for the metro ticket machines, and if you weren't in the first coach then a very long ...
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at ...
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Why was there no immigration control flying from Dublin (DUB) to London Southend (SEN)?

So I recently made a return journey from London Southend (SEN) to Dublin (DUB), flying out of SEN and into DUB on Saturday on Aer Lingus, and back to SEN on Sunday via a similar Aer Lingus flight. In ...
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How do you drive a British car? Is it with the left hand and foot or right? [duplicate]

So, I'm an American. I'm right-handed and I drive on the right side of the road :) My clutch is the pedal furthest to the left, followed (from left to right) by the brake and the gas. I use my ...
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Is there a way to find out if I need a transit visa for a layover in the UK?

Is there a website or some other way to find out if I need a transit visa for a short stop in the UK on my way somewhere else? Ideally this should give me the answer for all nationalities, and take ...
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Slightly illicit: felon traveling on a US passport; will I be refused entry to the UK?

I was convicted of a felony in the US, and my conviction will not be considered "spent" as of the period in which I intend to travel to the UK. I understand if I were to apply for a standard visa I ...
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What is the purpose of numbers on some UK street name signs?

As a frequent traveller around the UK I have developed a somewhat unhealthy obsession with street signs and their small but significant differences. Can someone explain what the purpose of the small ...
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Are there “Doctor Who” themed tourist attractions in the UK?

The last time I was in Edinburgh I bought a coffee from an outlet that excited me in the sense that I was drinking coffee from the Tardis. I am fully aware of the fact that the Tardis was inspired on ...
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What is the oldest train in the UK still operated regularly for a non-tourism purpose?

What can I find the oldest train in the UK still operating regularly, and the train(s) is/are operated for common service but not solely for tourist attraction? And which route(s) are they serving?
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What are “Signal Failures” on The Tube and why do they happen so often?

As a Londoner, my tube journeys are often delayed by "signal failures". What constitutes a signal failure? How do they occur? Why do they happen so often? Why can't they be effectively ...
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Refused entry to UK, not sure what to do

I'm a writer and theater/film director who has been traveling nearly all my life without incident. In February, I decided to pull up stakes in NYC and move to London. I am a freelancer and I'm working ...
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How should I tip for food in a UK pub? At the bar, or at my table?

I'm in a pub in England. I went up to the bar and asked for a plate of fish and chips (to be served to my table) and a pint (handed to me on the spot). My money was collected at the bar. I would like ...
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Frequent Traveller to the UK Does Not Want to Fill Out Landing Cards, Be Interviewed

A US citizen has been visiting the UK 4 or 5 times a year for either personal or business reasons. He is tired of the same procedure of filling out a landing card and waiting in the queue for his ...
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Cancelled UK visa on entry

My friend applied for a UK visa last month (that is, June 2015) for 3 weeks in the UK, but got 6 months. Since she got more days, she decided to extend her stay, because she has a six month valid visa ...
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London Tube Strike: What to do?

Unless something miraculous happens, the entire London tube will be shut down by the unions on 8 July 2015. The BBC is reporting that the strike will begin Wednesday afternoon and continue all day on ...
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Do I have to enter the UK on my UK passport?

I'm a British National (Overseas), which basically means that while I don't have the right of abode in the UK, I am permitted to visit the UK without a visa. However, my passport has expired, and ...
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Compare train ticket prices in Britain

I'm looking to buy some train tickets for travel in Great Britain, but I know there are many train companies in the country. Does there exist some kind of website that allows me to compare the ...
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What do travellers to England need to know about social class?

One aspect that British society is known for its social class system, but how does this apply to foreigners? I will be in London and Manchester for a week, and knowing which neighbourhoods to avoid or ...
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Getting to the sea from Oxford

I live in Oxford, UK, which is a lovely place, but I do wish it was a bit closer to the sea. What's the best way to get to a beach, starting from here? I sometimes have access to a car, so driving ...
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UK Immigration Control - Which Queue for EU/non-EU Couple Travelling Together

I'll be arriving at Heathrow in June 2015 with my current girlfriend for a holiday in the UK. I've been trying to find out which immigration queue to join at Heathrow Passport control without much ...
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Same sex marriage in the UK for foreigners on vacation

While visiting our friends in the UK on vacations and would like to get married there, but neither of us are citizens of the UK. Does the UK allow same sex marriage for two foreigners on vacation ...
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Nationalism or Fanatical Fanhood in the UK?

My friend was about 15 years old when he was on a trip to the UK. He is an Indian and was in the UK for just a short trip and had an odd incident which made us all think a good amount of what happened ...
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Travel options from London to Edinburgh

I plan to travel from London to Edinburgh this November and want to know the fastest option to travel from London to Edinburgh
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UK tourist visa refused 3 times. Need to get there for flight home

Around 3 years ago I applied for a temporary working visa for the UK, but it got rejected because I lied to the police once and had some old DUI charges. So I never went to the UK. I recently arrived ...
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Is it feasible to do a Monopoly board pub crawl in London?

Putting aside the question of how intoxicated one might become, is it feasible to travel to all the "streets" on a Monopoly board in London in a single day? How long would it take? Do all these ...
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Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country?

I am travelling to Budapest and therefore have a Schengen Visa. I hold an Indian passport and a valid US visa. I'm travelling from Chicago-Heathrow-Budapest and returning by Budapest-Dublin-Chicago. ...
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Renting a car in Ireland & Great Britain: 1 rental or 2?

My wife, two kids and I will be traveling in Ireland and the UK Nov. 1st through 21st. We're flying into and out of Dublin. Our plan is to do a clockwise tour: Fly into Dublin -> Belfast -> Scotland ...
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Balmoral: The Right to Roam and the Royal Family

The Queen maintains a large estate in Scotland called Balmoral; originally built during the reign of Victoria, it has been the favourite get-away spot for all British monarchs since. Legislation ...
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Police ride along in London

In a lot of US cities citizens can do police ride alongs. You can do so in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, TX, etc. What about in London? If I was going to be visiting London for, say, a ...
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Scotland in one week: What to see and do?

I'm planning to visit Scotland this August with some friends, but we only have one week. We have already made a sketch of our trip and so far we have in mind to visit Glasgow, Stirling, Kyle Of ...
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...
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What is the cheapest way to cross the English Channel from France to the UK on foot, single ticket?

I have looked at P&O's website (www.poferries.com), and a pedestrian day trip return costs €8 each way whereas a single without a return costs €35.50. Are there cheaper options? I assume that ...
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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Item held by customs until I pay tax; what are my options?

I just arrived in the UK yesterday, from the US, carrying a piece of jewelry, which I intend to carry with me for the following months before I give it to someone at the right time and place, then ...
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Visit the UK with Schengen tourist short-stay visa

I'm Russian, and I have touristic (C-type) Schengen Schengen short stay visa. I want to know, can I stay for some period in UK without getting UK visa, or it is not possible (I heard about 36 hours ...
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Are there any small towns near Edinburgh with good access to rural hiking routes?

I'm planning a trip to the UK for next year and we intend to make Edinburgh our point of arrival. The group I'm with are all avid hikers and would probably love to see some of the Scottish countryside ...
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Eurostar security control: Taking pocket knife for camping

I want to go camping in the UK. A Swiss army knife, or any pocket knife, is standard equipment to go camping. Now I'm wondering if border control will allow me to go through, with a knife in my ...
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Applying for a Schengen Visa from within the UK

I'm a Russian citizen, but I study in England and have a Tier 4 Student Visa. Can I apply for a Schengen tourist visa here, in England, without going to Russia?
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Is it normal/expected to tip taxi drivers in the UK?

I've lived in the UK all my life, but since I have got relatively few shared taxis in my life, I don't have that much experience of what the social norms are for tipping. I almost always tip roughly ...
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How am I able to smoke at Heathrow during a 13-hour layover as a South African citizen? Can I exit passport control?

I am flying Virgin Atlantic from the USA back home to South Africa. I have a 13-hour layover at Heathrow airport. Will I be able to pass through passport control to be able to go smoke in the ...