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

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Help a nervous flyer plan routes that minimise flight changes and time spent in the air

I'm new here! I'm just looking for some advice and some guidance. So, I feel like it's just better if I cut to the chase. I'm from Scotland and this year I was accepted to study abroad in the USA ...
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How can I buy train tickets within the UK from abroad?

Is there a machine pick up system like in other countries? Will it take foreign credit cards (Mastercard or Visa of course)? If so, in what locations are these accessible? Otherwise, how can I get ...
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Where to stay for London nightlife?

For those looking to travel to London and enjoy the nightlife, where would be the best area to stay? Requirements are nearby bars, alcohol and 20-something crowd all preferably within walking distance....
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Walking Hadrian's Wall

I am trying to plan a 3-4 day hike along the Hadrian's Wall, so in particular I am trying to figure out: What is the most interesting part of the wall (best preserved and in the nicest setting I ...
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Visa rules regarding travel back to the UK with wife I married abroad

I am planning to marry my Uruguayan fiancé in Santiago Chile and we are looking to head back to the UK (I am a British National) to visit my family early next year. Would my wife be able to travel ...
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How far can I be from Britain and be in “British X”?

This is a just for fun question. I'm studying in British Columbia, Canada, which is quite far away from Great Britain proper: 4,190 miles (6743 km) to be exact. I'm wondering, though, how far ...
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Bus from London to Europe…which ones take the ferry?

I'm a Canadian flying to London next year and I want to take the ferry to Europe. I see fares to Brussels that look good at around $40 round trip, but I don't wanna do the Channel Tunnel, I wanna take ...
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What's the best way for foreigners outside of the UK to get to an English Premier League game?

I recently got a bonus from my company and want to fly to England for a weekend to watch some soccer. It would be great to go to a big game, however I know getting my hands on tickets can be really ...
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Using emergency US passport to leave/enter UK while UKBA is reviewing my visa [closed]

I am a US expat living in the UK. I am currently renewing my UK visa, but I need to travel during the process. The US London Embassy says If your current U.S. passport is being held by the UK ...
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Travelling from Bulgaria to UK via Turkey, will I have issues with tobacco products bought from the EU?

So basically I will travel from Sofia, Bulgaria to UK, but I have a layover in Turkey. Previously I've flew the Bulgaria-UK route, but only within the EU borders. Usually when I do so, I buy ...
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Can I import a gun-shaped console controller‎ from the United States into the UK? [closed]

My friend is traveling to the states next week for a short time then he'll be back to England , I would love to ask him to get me this very unique xbox controller. He doesn't have to carry it with ...
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UK Visit Visa Refusal (Deception) and Reapplying Procedure

My mother had a criminal record in UK on 2010 for which she had conditional discharge for 12 months and charged 85 pounds. This time while applying the on-line applications for her, I accidentally ...
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Flight deals from the UK

Can someone recommend a good website with flight deals from London/UK, which I could subscribe to? I mean promotions in different airlines, e.g. bmi used to have a bmifriday promotion (not sure if its ...
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Edward Elgar £20 notes in UK

So I got a few £20 notes which were intended to be given as pocket money on a child's trip to UK. As the notes looked differently and some were older than other I realized that: Elgar £20 note no ...
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How do I rent canal boat in the UK?

Canal boating is one of the most famous tourist activities in the UK. However, usually the boat comes with a pilot, and it may be expensive to travel with many people. Is it as easy to rent a canal ...
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How can I work out the price of a UK bus fare online?

I find it vexing and confusing that, while I can get a price for any train ticket, coach ticket, plane ticket, taxi fare etc., there's no obvious way to look up the price of a bus ticket. First - who ...
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Family Visit Visa Refusal UK

I have been recently refused a visit visa to UK. There are couple of reasons, which are quite obvious. I did not provide the authorities some proper proofs which could have supported my application, ...
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UK places that offer visitors a chance to wear medieval armor and clothes?

I'm looking to visit places on UK that offer visitors an opportunity to wear medieval armor/clothes. Where can I find such a place?
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Entry on an EU passport after deportation from the UK on an Israeli passport

Over 5 years ago I was deported from the UK after working illegally with my Israeli passport. I didnt get any stamp in my passport. Today I have an EU passport and I'm coming for a visit on New Year'...
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Taxi in rural area: how to ensure it will turn up?

I live in a rural area and occasionally need to get a taxi to the local airport or railway station: my destination is distant (that’s why I choose to live in a rural area) the local airport/railway ...
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Free parking in Bath UK

Where can I park in Bath for free, so that it's convenient for the town centre? I will be there 22nd Dec - 29th Dec, so on both holidays and normal weekdays.
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Why do some ferries (like Liverpool to Dublin) only allow passengers with a vehicle?

In a trip some time ago I was in London and my next stop was supposed to be Dublin. A friend of mine had just moved to Liverpool and I discovered there was a ferry from Liverpool to Dublin. I thought ...
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No exit stamp on leaving Schengen area from Budapest to UK

I'm a Georgian national holding a multiple entry Schengen visa. Last summer I was traveling to Hungary, spent a few days there, then flew to the UK. The Hungarian border official did NOT stamp my ...
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How to track my UK Visa Application Status?

Is there any way I can track the status of my application? I have applied for a visa on 20th Aug and I have opted for SMS notifications. First day I got an SMS from VFS Team stating application ...
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Visa Issues when crossing the English Channel by Jet Ski

Inspired by this video: Jet Skiing Across the English Channel, a Canadian wants to rent a jet ski in Dover and use it to cross the channel. Travelling by jet ski opens visa issues when international ...
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Which countries apply the EU rail passenger rights domestically?

I recently discovered that there are some general European rights, similar to those for air travel, that apply to rail journeys within Europe, detailed here. For example, there is quite a powerful-...
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Rights regarding airline schedule change

12 of us booked flights with Thomas Cook airlines to travel from Manchester to Dalaman. A month or so after booking we were notified that instead of departing at 9am our flight had been changed to 6am....
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Making pen and ink corrections on a UK visa form?

After printing out a UK visa form, can you cross out planned arrival date with a pen and write a new one?
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Business visa validity after I switch organization

I have a valid 2 year business visa issued in July 2014, I changed jobs in June 2015 and now my current employer wants me to travel to UK for a business trip. My visa is showing valid till July 2016. ...
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UK Visitor Visa Refusal: what went wrong?

My husband was to travel to attend my graduation ceremony in UK after many pleas from me. He is a productively busy businessman with a successful growing company and part time job. The visa ...
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Do I prebook a taxi from Heathrow to London King's Cross?

Is it cheaper to prebook a taxi from Heathrow to get to King's Cross station, or better to find a taxi waiting at the airport? We're flying in from New Zealand.
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What can be best way to reach Cambridge from Heathrow Terminal 3?

What is the fastest way (cheaper is better, but if unavoidable, costly is agreeable) to reach Cambridge from Heathrow Terminal 3, at night (past 10pm)? I expect quite a few people who reach Heathrow ...
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Fly into Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Is there any reason to fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow if flight prices and times are approximately the same? I want to tour around Scotland, so I will visit both cities anyway. Good reasons would be XXX ...
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Bath to London on Christmas Day

Is there a way to get from Bath to London using public transport on 25th Dec? Or at least from some place near Bath? All the public transport I could find is shut on christmas Day.
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Shops and museums openings during Easter weekend in London

Are most shops and museums open during the Easter weekend (from Good Friday to Easter Monday) in London? Is there any day during the four-day break where there is more chance of finding them open?
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UK Visa Refused - Can I reapply immediately?

I applied for the UK tourism visa. I mentioned that I was going to travel only for 2 weeks. However I got rejected because I didn't mention in the application, that I was working, nor mentioned that ...
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Refused Entry and Removed from the UK; What are the Consequences?

Last week I was travelling to London Heathrow from Pakistan. The immigration officer asked me my reason for coming to the UK. I replied that I was going to visit my friends and also meeting with an ...
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UK online visa application: travelling “with” someone who doesn't have visa “yet”

I am filling in the UK online visa application on visa4uk.gov.uk. They ask if I am travelling "with" anyone. My plans have been made in conjunction with someone else, we arrive at the same time and ...
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Is there secure bicycle parking at the Reading train station?

Is there secure bicycle parking at Reading train station? By secure I mean: staffed and with a system that ensures other people cannot take my bicycle, where I can leave a bicycle safely for 3 days. ...
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What does this pen notation in my UK entry stamp mean?

I entered the UK from Paris once (riding the Eurostar train), and after the UK border control officer placed an entry stamp in my passport, he added a notation in pen (picture below). What does it ...
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How should a family with young children apply for UK visas?

We are sponsoring a family to visit us in UK as friends from Madagascar for 2 weeks. They have a 6 year old and a 16 month old. Do the kids need their own visas, and are they the standard visitor ...
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Sources of Authenticated Official information about carrying camping gas canisters on UK public transport

Asking a question in the similar/parallel league with this one here, I plan to carry my own portable either Propane or White Gas stove when I do a part of the E2 trail. There are official ...
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Buying/using Railcard (UK) from USA

I'll be in the UK in a few weeks, and will do some train travelling with my wife and two (under 5) children. The kids are free on trains, yay, so we're planning to get a Two Together railcard (As we'...
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What does the acronym “ECO” mean in discussions of visas?

I saw this term ECO used in discussions on our meta pages and didn't notice a definition though I may have just skipped it. Googling it mostly returns hits about Eco-tourism, so it seems a bit ...
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How long does my passport need to be valid after my return from the UK?

Next year I'm going to the UK. Shortly after that my passport expires. Is this a problem? I know that for some countries, the passport has to be valid for at least 1 year more. How is it in the UK?
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Why does collecting a UK train ticket need you to insert a card?

If you book a UK train ticket online, for most routes, you're given a 8 character code. You then head to a UK railway station, go to the ticket machine, tell it you want to collect a ticket, give it a ...
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Children with a different surname to parent - UK citizen - UK passport control

Assume a child (aged 15) has a different surname to its mother. They live with their mother and father, but the mother did not take the father's name on marriage. All three are UK citizens, have UK ...
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Are UK entry stamps considered visas?

I am in the process of applying for a UK work visa. The visa application asks me to list all the visas issued to me by the UK in the last 10 years. I have traveled to the UK as a tourist in the last ...
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Can an over-stayed stamp from one country affect my abillity to travel to other countries?

I overstayed in South Africa for a week and got this ugly stamp in my passport which bans me from entering South Africa for a year. Now I want to travel to Italy, Paris and London for 2 months (in ...
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18 hr layover in London…should I get a transit visa to explore London…is sightseeing allowed on a transit visa?

Details: I hold a Indian passport with a valid and unexpired US student visa (F1). I would be travelling from Los Angeles to Mumbai via a 18 hr layover at London Heathrow airport in December 2012.