Currency

pound (£)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than £90

  • Hostel bed: £15–25
  • Campsite pitch: £10–20
  • Public transport: £5–10
  • Pasty and a pint: £6–8

Midrange: £90–150

  • Double room in a B&B: £90–120
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: £20–30
  • Admissions and activities: £10–20
  • Petrol per day: £10–20

Top End: More than £150

  • Room in a luxury hotel: from £150
  • Meals in top-end restaurants: £50–70

Bargaining

A bit of mild haggling is acceptable at flea markets and antique shops, but everywhere else you're expected to pay the advertised price.

Money

ATMs are widely available; Visa and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted, but other credit cards less so.

Cash

The currency is the pound sterling (£). Paper money comes in £5, £10, £20 and £50 denominations. Other currencies are very rarely accepted.

Changing Money

Banks and post offices in cities and larger towns will change money; exchange rates tend to be reasonable.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1£0.58
CanadaC$1£0.58
Eurozone€1£0.86
Japan¥100£0.71
New ZealandNZ$1£0.55
USAUS$1£0.78

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Pubs and bars Not expected if you order drinks (or food) and pay at the bar; usually 10% if you order at the table and your meal is brought to you.

Restaurants Around 10% in restaurants and teahouses with table service, 15% at smarter restaurants. Tips may be added to your bill as a 'service charge' – it's discretionary.

Taxis Usually 10%, or rounded up to the nearest pound.