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Population

70 million

Currency

£ Sterling (UK), Euro (Ireland)

Holidays in the UK and Ireland

Enjoy the best of Britain and Ireland on UK and Ireland holidays. These islands are easy to explore, whether you city-hop or ramble in the wilds. Enjoy a network of fun cities, gorgeous countryside, and miles and miles of coastline.

On UK city breaks, discover Baths’ Regency Grace, Cambridge’s charming colleges, Belfast’s modern docks or Liverpool’s regenerated Ropewalks. Take a country retreat in scenery that ranges from green and pleasant to sublimely atmospheric, from bluebell woods and babbling brooks to Wordsworth’s lakes and lovely lochs. Thanks to trusts and heritage funds, the land remains protected to this day. As for the coast: discover Belfast’s ship building past, Cornwall’s piratical tendencies or Scotland’s secret beaches. Book flights to discover more. Wherever you roam, you’ll find stories for the retelling.

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How to visit the UK and Ireland on a budget

The UK and Ireland can be explored relatively cheaply. Whilst London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, cities in the north of England, Scotland and Wales can be explored on a budget. Be aware of different currencies as you travel – whilst the UK uses sterling, the Republic of Ireland uses the euro.

Do the British Isles with style

Stay

Visit the UK and Ireland on a budget. Transport and food get noticeably cheaper in the North of England. Pembrokeshire in Wales is cheaper than Devon and Cornwall, but the beaches are just as nice. Visit Tenby Harbour's pretty coastal cottages on the Welsh coast.

Eat

When you're by the coast, you won't find fresher fish and chips. Ask for scraps to get extra flakes of deep fried batter.

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Do

Visit gorgeous St Davids for a city in miniature: it's the UK's smallest, and has St Davids has an atmospheric 12th century cathedral. From here you can book a day trip to the island of Skomer. In spring you'll find a clifftop carpet of wild bluebells.

Things to do in Wales

Do the British Isles with style

Stay

Visit the Cotswolds. Just an hour from London, this is where well-to-do Londoners converge for their weekends away. You, too, can follow the stylish set to a yellow-stone cottage with an open fire.

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Eat

Look out for lamb shank in Cotswolds pubs. Washed down with a pint of Oxford Gold, this hearty dinner should refuel you after a country walk.

Do

Stick to your budget by taking brisk country walks in the Cotswolds, or pop into Oxford for punting on the River Cherwell.

Do the British Isles with style

Eat

Venison in winter, salmon in summer, whisky whenever: the food and drink delight year round, thanks to Scotland’s superb organic produce.

Do

Give clay pigeon shooting a shot, or try a spot of golf around your castle on one of the oldest courses in the world.

The great outdoors

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Make the most of your UK holiday

Combine town and country, Regency crescents and warehouse raves. Scotland, Wales and Ireland will have a thing or two to say if you only visit London. Roll into Edinburgh in time for the Fringe Festival, learn how to swill whisky in Dublin and catch a salmon on the River Tweed.

Places to visit in the UK & Ireland

Aberdeen – This pretty port city is Scotland’s third biggest. When the sun shines, the granite buildings sparkle. There are 300 castles and miles of sandy beaches in the area.

Edinburgh – Proud and castle-topped, Edinburgh distils the spirit of Scotland and serves it with a side of festival fun.

Glasgow – Scotland’s edgier second city might seem surly, but it has a heart of gold. The seat of Makintosh’s Art School and a rowdy nightlife scene.

Inverness – A small city with a big backyard: the Scottish Highlands are on the doorstep of Inverness.

Dublin – A city of stories, Dublin has literary cache in a land of poets, an ancient university and a Guinness store. It also has a Google headquarters.

Belfast – Up-and-coming, Belfast is attracting the young and sociable with its recent reinvigoration. Visit the trendy docks, or the Titanic museum, then drive out to Giant’s Causeway.

Manchester – Rivalling London for liveliness, Manchester has bars and clubs, music and museums; but it’s striking distance from the Peak District’s craggy climbs and charming spa towns.

Newcastle – England’s beautiful northern town is criss-crossed by bridges over the Tyne. You can walk Hadrian’s Wall from the city, and look out for marauding Romans.

Leeds – Have a good night out in Leeds alongside Yorkshire lasses, or shop in the city’s stylish arcades. The Yorkshire Dales await if you’re on the hunt for a Heathcliff.

Isle of Man – They do things a bit differently on the Isle of Man. Explore the pretty countryside – or come for the Isle of Man TT, an epic motorcycle road race.

Jersey – Channel some calm in the Channel Islands. Jersey is well known for gorgeous local food, sunny climes and pretty seaside rambles.

Where to eat in the UK and Ireland

A fry-up is an undisputed, but calorific breakfast of champions – have it with black and white pudding in Scotland or soda bread in Ulster. The pubs are a great option if you want a hearty and inexpensive meal wherever you find yourself in the UK. There’s also a profusion of international cuisines in the big cities, from the local Indian takeaway to the best new sushi bar. The UK nations are united by the need cup of tea at 4pm and a nice sit down over a scone or a sandwich with the crusts cut off, a sheaf of rough cut chips or an orchard apple.

British etiquette and tipping

Tipping is around 10% – 15% in restaurants and is considered polite, but not essential in the UK. Specific habits will help you blend in with the locals. Stand on the right to allow people to pass you if you're taking an escalator. If you’re waiting for a service, it’s polite to join the back of the queue – else you’ll receive many outraged looks. Say good morning to everyone in villages, and don’t be surprised to find people familiar and friendly in northern cities – whilst Londoners are intent on minding their own business.

Four great things to do in the UK and Ireland

Tour the Guinness Storehouse

See Giant's Causeway

Take a Royal Edinburgh Tour

See Stonehenge and Windsor Castle

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Road trips in the UK and Ireland

Book car hire and go exploring

With a map and a flask of tea, it’s easy to drive around the British Isles. Book a car with Avis and enjoy visiting Stately Homes, National Trust and British Heritage sites, castles, hidden beaches, chocolate box streets, village pubs, and picnic spots off the beaten track. Have a jolly old time.

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Edinburgh city in winter from Calton hill, Scotland, UK.
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Genteel and grand, Edinburgh’shistoric old and new town bothhave UNESCO status.

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