Language: English with recognised regional languages such as Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Irish
Currency: Pound Sterling
Time Zone: GMT
Tipping: 10 to 12% is usual for hotels with 10 to 15% being usual for restaurants. In each case, it is not necessarily added to the bill. If a service charge has already been added, no further tip is required.
There are very few places in the world that are able to cram in so much beautiful scenery, history and culture as the glorious United Kingdom. You needn't travel far if you're looking for somewhere new and the best thing is, it's all on your doorstep!
Discover the rugged shorelines and endless parklands available to explore on UK coach holidays to England's South West. Delve into the beauty of South East England where there's an abundance of traditional seaside resorts, historic castles and stunning English gardens to visit. Do not leave the South East without visiting London on your UK coach tour where you can combine royal connections with shopping, sightseeing and a vibrant nightlife.
Are you a keen rambler or hiker? Travel to England's Lake District or to The Highlands of Scotland both of which provide stunning, if not challenging, wilderness to explore on foot. Don't forget your camera as you'll want to capture the picture-book scenery on film. Step over the border into Scotland famed for its imposing peaks, romantic lochs and fascinating cities. Trace the history of the Scots with visits to Stirling or travel back 5,000 years as you visit prehistoric settlements and burial tombs of The Orkney Isles.
Spend some time in Wales on your coach tour of the UK and you won't be disappointed as it is home to some of the most attractive coastlines in the whole of the United Kingdom. Cardigan Bay is a popular sandy spot so is Rhossili Bay in the Gower Peninsula which was voted the third best beach in Europe! You'll find hillsides strewn with sheep, plenty of national parks to roam and quaint villages laced with deep traditions and folklore.
Cross over the Irish Sea and venture into Northern Ireland that's full of hefty mountains, river-strewn glens, heritage sites and some of the most bracing coastlines in Britain. Visit the capital, Belfast where you'll find the Titanic Belfast Museum and other cultural attractions. Check out the walled city of Londonderry and the tiny cathedral city of Armagh. Brave the elements in search of Giant's along the famous Causeway and join in the Craic with the locals. UK coach holidays certainly provide a bit of everything without the need for travelling too far!
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in the UK, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before travelling on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen, you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting the UK from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting UK.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in the UK simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel.. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst holidaying here. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
In most cases, when travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so do check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
Believe it or not but the UK is vast in terms of what is available to see and do whilst staying here. Some things to think about may include:
When exploring the UK on coach holidays, a tour of England should feature high on your agenda as there are so many diverse places to visit from the quaint thatch-cottage villages of The Cotswolds to traditional seaside resorts such as Blackpool and of course the endless vibrant cities of London, York and Liverpool. Take a flight on the London Eye or visit Buckingham Palace. Shop in funky boutiques in 'The Lanes' of Brighton, explore beautiful gardens in The Eden Project or discover filming locations used in popular TV shows such as 'Downton Abbey' and 'Emmerdale'.
It maybe tiny in comparison to its English neighbour but it packs a mighty punch with no less than 600 castles to visit from Caldicot to Dolbardarn. There's the beautiful Italianate village of Portmeirion and not forgetting the great little trains of Wales where you can travel to the summit of Snowdon without having to climb on foot!
The highlight of UK coach holidays to Scotland is of course the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle every August. This is certainly a military spectacle that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. For scenic views, head into The Highlands or visit the Isle of Skye, The Orkneys or Bute. Edinburgh is also fabulous for shopping, sightseeing and 'Hogmanay' on New Years Eve.
Simply exudes charm and character from every pore so your coach holiday here will certainly be worth it. Vibrant nightlife can be found in Belfast with its vast range of bars, clubs and restaurants on hand to suit all tastes. See the Parliament Buildings of Stormont, Enniskillen Castle Museums, go angling in Lough Erne, climb Cave Hill, enjoy a pint in the Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast and experience Northern Ireland's history with a visit to the Ulster Museum.