Currency

pound (£)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than £100

  • Double room in a budget B&B: £60–80
  • Fish and chips in a kiosk or cafe: £6
  • Bus or ferry ticket: from £1.20
  • Art-house cinema ticket: £9

Midrange: £100–200

  • Double room in midrange hotel: £80–120
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: £15–25
  • Admission to attractions: £7–15
  • Short taxi trip: £5–10
  • Boat tour: £9-18

Top End: More than £200

  • Double room in boutique or four-star hotel: £120–250
  • Meal in a top-end restaurant: £25–45
  • Best seats at the theatre: £25–50
  • Plymouth Gin Connoisseur tour: £20

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.