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It might be small, but an unbeatable combination of history, heritage and beautiful countryside makes the UK one of the world's most varied and action-packed holiday destinations. Fancy the great outdoors? Conquer peaks like Snowdonia and Ben Nevis, or explore the Lake District National Park. Ready to party? Hit the town in trendy Manchester or lively Liverpool, or prop up the bar in one of the many excellent London pubs. Want to shop? Browse through Borough Market, or head to Harrods for your designer goods fix. It’s all here.
Currency: Pound sterling
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Dialling Code: +44
Time Zone: (GMT+00:00)
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A raincoat and umbrella - The UK's reputation for damp, drizzly weather is not unfounded. Bring a shower-proof jacket, and don't forget your brolly!
An adapter plug and transformer - You'll need an adapter to use the UK's 3-pin plug sockets. The voltage here is 240V, so anything running on 110V will require a step-down transformer.
Comfortable walking shoes - Walking is the de rigueur mode of transport here - this isn't the USA! Comfortable shoes will make life that bit more pleasant.
A credit or debit card with chip & PIN - So you can use automated ticket machines at train and tube stations, thereby skipping those long ticket window lines.
Wellie boots - You may know them as 'rain boots', but here they're wellies. Essential if you're attending one of the many excellent UK festivals, but also handy for tramping the rainy streets.
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