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About United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is made up of the 4 nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each part of the Union but with distinctive cultures and diverse attractions for tourists. If you’re looking for a charming countryside getaway you will be spoilt for choice, as there are many regions of stunning natural beauty within the UK, from the gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds to the dramatic Highlands of Scotland to the peninsulas of Wales. With a total of over 12,000 km (7,000 miles) of coastline in the UK, visitors looking for beach strolls or water sports will find something to suit them too. Don’t miss the culture and hustle and bustle of the big cities, as places such as London and Edinburgh have centuries of history to discover, both in the museums and in the streets which are lined with buildings from many eras.

Accessible travel United Kingdom

The UK has gone a long way towards becoming an accessible travel destination, with many public buildings and transport systems equipped with step-free access and accessible toilets. Due to the historic nature of some buildings and cities, disabled access may be more difficult or not possible, but this is generally indicated in advance. For example, the Tube system in London has added elevator access and step-free access wherever possible and accessible stations are indicated on the map. Many parking lots have larger disabled parking bays located close to building entrances. Guide dogs are permitted in all public spaces.

Disabled travelers, and sometimes their carers, may benefit from reduced or free entry to major tourist attractions across the UK. Proof such as a registered disabled card or a registered carer card may be requested.


Country Information

Health

Be sure to get appropriate health insurance to fit your personal and travel needs, and have funds available to cover any medical emergency.No vaccinations are required to enter the UK. As with all international travel, it is recommended to be up-to-date on your vaccinations, including tetanus. Be sure to get appropriate health insurance to fit your personal and travel needs, and have funds available to cover any medical emergencies.

Ticks are becoming more common across parts of the UK, so if you are walking in long grass or in woodland, it is advised to wear long sleeves and trousers and to check yourself carefully for tick bites.

Security

The UK is generally considered a safe place to visit. However, muggings and pickpocketing can still occur, so it is recommended to be cautious and to avoid flashing valuables. Street violence can occur late at night in city centers; it is best to avoid traveling alone, especially after dark.

Documentation

Entry requirements to the UK depend on your nationality. Check the specific entry requirements here.

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

Weather

Summer in the UK is from June to August, and winters are from November to March, April or even May. Unfortunately, the UK is not known for offering beautiful, consistent weather conditions! The climate is fairly similar across the UK, but weather conditions can and do change rapidly. It is possible to see all 4 seasons in a single day!

In order to cope with the changing weather, we recommend that you do as the locals do and prepare for all weather conditions. This means wearing layered clothing, bringing a spare sweatshirt and always having an umbrella and rain jacket to hand. Summer temperatures can reach over 30°C in the south, so visitors in July and August should remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.

Language

The most widely spoken language in the UK is English. Welsh is also spoken in Wales, but it would be difficult to find areas where no English is spoken at all.

Electricity

The UK has a 3 pin plug socket in a triangle position, with 230V and 50Hz.