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United Kingdom and Ireland - Instructions for Visitors
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland
The way things work in the UK & Ireland is not so different from North
America (except that you drive on the left), but this section documents the
things that I think are different. This is not a Survival Guide - survival
is easy. These are Instructions for Visitors - how to do the every day things
so that you will fit in and life will be easier.
Driving in England: Drive on the left, use
the roundabouts correctly, figure out how to navigate the narrow roads
and you are set for driving in England. This page gives you some hints
about how to master these new skills. Also parking information.
Trains in England: The
types of trains, how to get tickets, how to find your train, etc.
Getting the Best Out of London's Transportation
Eating - Food Shops, Restaurants
Food Shops: Shopping in village shops
or at supermarkets.
Restaurants: This is in the
Food/Restaurant section, but I am including the link here because this
section tells you all you need to know about restaurants, tea rooms, pubs,
take away places, and fast foods (prepared meals from supermarkets).
All About Vacation Rentals: Basic information
about what a vacation rental is and what to expect. (In the What is Slow
Vacation Rentals in the United Kingdom
and Ireland: Some specific information for holiday rentals in this
part of Europe.
Speaking English in England
Language Lessons: American English
vs. United Kingdom English. Yes, they speak English, but some terms are
different from those we use in North America.
Phones, Cell Phones and Dialing
Phoning To and From the United Kingdom - How
to Dial: How to call the United Kingdom from another country, long
distance calls from the United Kingdom, calling within the United Kingdom.
Cell Phones: Options for
using a cell phone in Europe. (In the Europe Trip Planning section.)
Cell Phones in the UK: How to top-up
your SIM card, buying cell phones in the UK
Public Phones: How to use public phones in the United Kingdom. (coming
Our Europe Trip Planning section has information that
is common to countries across Europe.
Internet Access: To access
the Internet in the UK and Ireland, use Internet Cafes or take your computer
with you. Recommended free ISP for England. (In the Europe Trip Planning
Bringing your Electronics to
Europe: For most electronics (camera chargers, computers, etc.) all
you need is are plug and phone adapters.
Living In An English House
Notes About English Houses: Heating systems, garbage, recycling. (coming
Appliances: Plugs, electric sockets and
the appliances in most vacation rentals (ovens, hot water heaters, washer/dryers,
cafetiere, tea kettles).
Photo Albums: Pauline's collection of photo albums about specific
Instructions or Travel Notes or Foods topics (e.g. grocery stores in Winchcombe,
photos of afternoon tea).
Slow Travel Community
Photos: See our photo gallery for lots of photos by other Slow Travelers.
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