Plan your trip to the U.K.

All the tools, resources, tips, instructions, and advice you need to plan the perfect trip to London and the U.K.

Admission rates vary for children, families, students, and seniors (Photo courtesy of the Churchill War Rooms)

Britain's top sights, attractions, and sightseeing hints, tips, and resources

 
Punting on the Cam in Cambridge, a popular side trip from London (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

The best activities and experiences in Britain, from Shakespeare walks to cooking classes, pub crawls to Harry Potter tours

 
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Vacation blueprints for your trip to the U.K. so so you can get the most out of your trip, no matter where you want to go and how much time you have to see the best of Britain

 
Official star ratings mostly have to do with services, not style (Photo graphic by Reid Bramblett, with images courtesy of VisitEngland, the Scottish Tourist Board, and Visit Wales)

Where to stay in the U.K.—Beyond hotels to B&Bs, rental flats, Scottish castles, farm stays, university dorms, and more

 
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Guided, escorted, specialty, and packaged tours to the U.K.

 
Transportation options to and within the United Kingdom (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustrations by Reid Bramblett)

Getting to the U.K. and getting around Britain: trains, planes, rental cars, low-cost airlines and long-distance coaches

 
Travel info (Photo by Bobafred)

Tourist information, guidebooks, maps, tips for niche groups (students, LGBT, seniors, disabled, etc.), and more

 
Not my gear, but pretty close to what I pack (save the helmet) (Photo by cmor15)

From travel speciality clothes and gear to bags and currency converters

 
Public telephone and internet booths in London (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Keeping in touch while traveling—Cellphones and Skype, mail and roaming fees, and how to call to, from, and within the U.K.

 
Credit cards, cash, and other travel money concerns (Photo by Sean MacEntee)

From credit cards, cash, and ATMS to VAT refunds, travelers checks, and customs limits

 
All the documents you need to travel (beyond plane tickets) (Photo by Ian)

All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, entry visas, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations

 
For emergencies in the U.K., dial 999 (Photo )

From emergency numbers and hospitals to pickpockets and general safety issues