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What should I Bring ?

Because we collect you and transport you by small Coach/Minibus, quite simply not too much! One decent sized luggage bag and a carry on bag per person will be fine, here are a few ideas about what to pack:

Casual clothing: Something you'll be comfortable in, we don't have any fancy engagements so no need for shirts, ties and jackets.

Coat: Wales can be temperamental when it comes to weather so pack a light weight rain coat.

Good weather gear: It can be just as likely to be hot and sunny so bring sun screen, sun glassed, shorts and t-shirt.

Decent shoes: Visiting sites around the country obviously involves a certain amount of walking, so bear this in mind when choosing your footwear.

Camera: Still or video, whatever you prefer, but remember spare batteries, charger, memory cards and film.

Medication: If you need to take any prescription medication you should ensure you have sufficient for your trip.

Documents: Passport, visa, insurance, important phone numbers (credit card company etc), tickets and our contact details, just in case you need to call us.

Money: We include most things but you will want to buy gifts, keepsakes and will have some ancillary costs. In Wales we use the British pound but you can exchange other currencies in most post offices and banks.

Don't Need items:

We try and think of most things to help you enjoy your stay with us, things like towels, bath robes, hair dryer etc. We offer free wireless WiFi but if you don't want to bring your laptop you can use one of ours for sending e-mail etc.

 

 

Top tips for visitors to the UK From the Uk Border Agency


Millions of people visit the UK every year. To help you enjoy a trouble-free arrival in the UK, this page lists some important rules that you need to remember when you travel here.

1. If you need a visa to visit the UK, allow plenty of time to apply. You can find more information on our visa services website.

2. If you have been issued with a visa, you must keep to the conditions attached to your visa. For example, you must not take up employment while you are here if your visa prevents you from working, and you must leave the UK before your visa expires.

3. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in the UK, and it must contain a page that is blank on both sides.

4. If you give false or misleading information (including false receipts or documents) to UK Border Agency officers when you bring goods into the country, you may receive a severe penalty and your goods may be seized.

5. Just because an item is on sale in another country, this does not automatically mean that it can be brought to the UK - you need to be aware of the rules on restricted or banned items. You are not allowed to bring endangered animals and plants, including products made from them, into the UK unless you have a permit.

6. Do not bring counterfeit goods, drugs, offensive weapons (including knives) or indecent or obscene material, as these are also banned.

7. You must declare any sums of cash of 10,000 euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.

8. Unless you have the correct documentation, do not bring in prescription medicines containing controlled drugs. Most over-the-counter medicines are acceptable, but you may need a licence to carry some prescription medicines.

9. There are very strict controls on the food products that you can bring into the UK from outside the European Union, even for personal use. For example, you cannot bring in meat or dairy products. Import restrictions also apply to many other food items, including fish products, egg and honey products, and some fruit and vegetables.

10. There are also strict allowances on goods being brought into the UK, such as tobacco, alcohol and gifts. If you bring in goods that exceed these limits, you could face long delays, seizure of the goods and even prosecution.

General UK travel Info

The United Kingdom consist of four countries England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is the country which once ruled nearly the entire world a century ago. The glory might have been lost but people are still proud of their country and heritage. It has come a long way from a colonial empire to a member of the EU. The country comprises mainly of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The country is full of scenic locales and energetic cities. Also the country is home to nearly two million heritage points. The capital city of UK is London. A city beyond comparison, representing itself as an icon of diversity with people from different races, creeds and all walks of life blended into its culture. It is also home to many architectural marvels and one of them is the London Bridge.

Population & Languages

The population is around 62 million and the official language is English. Other regional languages spoke are Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish etc.

Electricity

The voltage is 230-240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The type of plug used is rectangular blade. (You will need an adapter for all electronics)

Geographic Location

It is located in Western Europe and consists of islands including the northern one-sixth of the Ireland. It is 22 miles from the France border and linked by a under sea tunnel. The terrain is mostly rolling lowlands and low mountains.

Climate

It has a moderate climate but lots of rain with around half of the years being overcast. The lowest temperatures never go below −15 °C (5 °F) and in summer the average maximum is 34 °C (93.2 °F). It also gets snow in winter and early spring.

Local Customs

The handshake is customary when you are meeting somebody for the first time. When visiting someone’s house a small gift like flowers or chocolates is customary. Waiting till everyone is served before eating is also one of the etiquette’s. Tipping is usually 10-15% in hotels, restaurants and taxis. Smoking is not permitted in the majority of buildings, on public transport and in taxi's and other such vehicles.

Places to See

London – The 2012 Olympic Summer & Basketball Games Hosted, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, London Eye and the Tower of London
Scotland – The Bannockburn Heritage Centre and Ben Lawers Mountains
Wales - Aberdulais Falls, King Arthur’s Labyrinths Great Orme Mines, Portmeirion Village, Rhossili Visitor Centre and all the castles

Travel

By Air – The domestic airlines is British Airways which also connects almost all major world destinations. Almost all airlines connect UK through London which is hub for all international flights between east to west and west to east. Heathrow and Gatwick are international airports of London.

From the USA > All Major airlines (United, Delta, Continental, US AIR)

From Europe > Discount Airlines (Ryan Air, EasyJet)

By Sea – Since UK is surrounded by water from almost all sides it has many ports. There are many ferry services operating between Europe and UK.

By Rail – Trains connect Ferries at Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Weymouth, sailing for Belgium, France, Germany and Spain (you need to board at Victoria Station in London); and at Harwich, sailing for Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavia (you need to board at Liverpool Street). Eurostar train connects London with Brussels and Paris through channel tunnel.

By Road – The vehicles can enter UK through channel tunnel. Cars and motorcycles, coaches, minibuses, caravans, campervans and other vehicles over 1.85m (6.07ft) can also use channel tunnel. Bicycles are also provided for.

Duty Free Items Limit

200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
4 litres of still table wine
1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22% volume; or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs
16 litres of beer
60cc/ml of perfume
£300 worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs


Prohibited Items For UK

Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, most meat and dairy products, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks


 

SOME WELSH PHRASES

Here are some simple words and phrases to get you started:

* Bore da (Pronounced: Boh-reh dah): Good morning

* Prynhawn da (Prin-houn dah): Good afternoon

* Nos da (nohs dah): Good night

* Croeso i Gymru (Croesoh ee Gum-reeh): Welcome to Wales

* Iechyd da! (Yeh-chid dah): Cheers!

* Tafarn (Tav-arn): Pub

* Diolch (Dee-olch): Thanks * Da iawn (Dah ee-aw-n): Very good


Mt SNOWDON

Snowdon is at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The area is steeped in history and benefits from some of the most beautiful views in all of Britain. Visit Snowdonia and experience the wealth of Attractions, Activities and Places to Stay in Snowdonia. Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales 1085m or 3560 ft also known by its local Welsh Language name Yr Wyddfa (The Tomb). Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors visit the mountain to enjoy its unique presence and share the exhilaration of scaling its slopes by one of the Snowdon Paths described in this website. The mountain is not only tall, it has its own unique bio-diversity of plants and animals and much effort is made to maintain the fragile mountain ecology. Snowdon is a national symbol for the Welsh people, something they are rightly proud of and offers an icon of stability in our rapidly changing political and technological world. Information from: http://www.snowdon.com

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