Britain Tourist Information
Britain comprises Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
and Northern Ireland, and is one of the 15 member states
of the European Union (EU). Its full name is the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
constitutes the greater part of the
British Isles. The largest of the
islands is Great Britain. The next
largest comprises Northern Ireland
and the Irish Republic. Western Scotland
is fringed by the large island chain
known as the Hebrides, and to the
north east of the Scottish mainland
are the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
All these, along with the Isle of
Wight, Anglesey and the Isles of
Scilly have administrative ties with
the mainland, but the Isle of Man
in the Irish Sea and the Channel
Islands, between Great Britain and
France are largely self-governing
and are not part of the United Kingdom.
the Channel Islands and the Isle
of Man are not part of the United
Kingdom they have a special relationship
with it. The Channel Islands were
part of the Duchy of Normandy in
the 10th and 11th centuries and remained
subject to the English Crown after
the final loss of Normandy to the
French in the 15th century. The Isle
of Man was under the nominal sovereignty
of Norway until 1266 and eventually
came under the direct administration
of the British Crown in 1765. Today
the territories have their own legislative
assemblies and systems of law, the
Isle of Man also has its own system
of taxation. The British Government
is responsible for their international
relations and external defence.
an area of about 242,000 sq km (93,000
sq miles), Britain is just under
1000 km (about 600 miles) from the
south coast to the extreme north
of Scotland and just under 500 km
(around 300 miles) across at the
widest point. The coastline of Great
Britain is 14,549 kms (9,040 miles)
with England and Wales, including
islands taking up 5,214 kms (8,389
miles) of this figure and Scotland,
including islands 9,335 kms (5,800
miles). The most northerly point
on the British mainland is Dunnet
Head, north-east Scotland and the
most southerly point Lizard Point,
Travel Documents Do I Need?
person must on arrival in the United
Kingdom or when seeking entry through
the Channel Tunnel, produce on request
by the Immigration Officer:
a valid national passport or other
document satisfactorily establishing
his/her identity and nationality:
such information as may be required
to establish whether he/she requires
leave to enter the United Kingdom
and, if so, whether and on what terms
leave should be given.
I Need An International Certificate
but you should check if one is needed
on your re-entry into your own country.
Sterling (£1 = 100 pence)
Coinage: £2, £1,
50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
rate: $1 = £0.65 (approximate)
all of Britain (see below for details
on the Channel Islands) weekday opening
hours are generally 09.30 to 16.30,
but a few banks open earlier. Opening
hours are decided by the individual
banks and may differ considerably
from branch to branch depending on
the location. Many branches have
24-hour banking lobbies where a range
of services can be obtained through
from overseas should check with their
own bank whether they will be able
to gain access to these facilities.
Some banks are open all day on Saturday
(usually based in busy shopping centres)
and some are now open on Sundays
for a few hours. All banks are closed
on public holidays.
Are The Public Holidays In 2000?
January, 21 April, 24 April, 1
May, 29 May, 28 August, 25-26 December.
January, 21 April, 1 May, 29 May,
7 August, 25-26 December.
England and Wales, plus 17 March
and 12 July.
England and Wales, plus 9 May.
England and Wales, plus 2 more
days to be announced.
are the school holidays?
main summer holiday is from mid-July
to early September. Children also
have 2 weeks holiday at Christmas
and at Easter, plus a week in mid-October
and in mid-February. Exact dates
vary between each education authority.
electricity supply voltage throughout
the European Union was standardised
on 1st January 1995. The voltage
at which we presently supply electricity
falls within both the existing range
and the new range and will not need
to be changed.
means that you do not need to take
any action or adjust your appliances.
you are a residential or business
customer and use a single phase supply,
we are presently required to supply
you with electricity at between 225.6
and 254.4 volts; after standardisation,
the range will be between 216.2 and
253 volts. Our declared voltage will
be 230 volts.
Are The 'Pubs' Open?
note that Jersey and Guernsey have
slightly different opening hours
in England and Wales are permitted
to open for the sale of alcoholic
drinks throughout the day, from 1100-2300
on weekdays in England and Wales.
On Sundays, licensing hours are 1200-2230
in England and Wales. Persons must
be 18 years or over to buy and consume
alcohol in a bar. In England and
Wales children under 14 years of
age are allowed into pubs which hold
a children's certificate. They must
be accompanied by an adult and are
restricted to those areas which have
been certified suitable for young
Scotland pubs and clubs are permitted
to open for the sale of alcoholic
drinks from 1100-2300 on Mondays
to Saturdays and 1230-1430 and 1830-2300
on Sundays. NB The afternoon gap
may be bridged with a regular extension.
Licence holders may apply for occasional
or regular extensions to their permitted
hours which allows many premises
to open late. For example, in Edinburgh,
during the Festival many city centre
pubs may remain open to 0100.
Northern Ireland pubs can open at
whatever time they wish, but are
only allowed to sell alcoholic drinks
between 1130-2300 during the week
and 1230-2200 on Sunday. Many pubs
are allowed to apply to the courts
for additional permitted hours which
enable them to sell alcohol until
01.00 on weekdays and 00.00 on Sundays
on condition that food or entertainment
Britain Visitor Centre
you're in London and would like information
on travelling to the rest of Britain,
then a visit to the Britain Visitor
Centre is a must. It's a 'one-stop'
shop for visitors to Britain offering:
information desks for Britain,
England, Wales, Scotland
accommodation, theatre and
bureau de change facilities.
located just south of Piccadilly
Circus Underground, across
the road from the old British
Travel Centre at:
1 Regent Street
London SW1 4XT
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