First time visiting UK

First time visiting UK: tips for planning a trip

If you’re thinking of visiting the UK soon there are a number of things to take into consideration before you travel in order to make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Visa requirements

If you’re travelling from the EU a visa will not be necessary and visitors from North and South America will find the requirements relatively simple. It is advisable to contact the British embassy in your country well before travelling to check what the visa requirements are for you.

Cost and budgeting

It makes good sense to book as much as possible beforehand. While you will generally be able to find a hotel if you turn up on the day, the prices will be much higher than if you book before you travel. Think about travelling outside of the British summer school holidays (mid July-late August) to avoid higher prices too.

Weather and climate

While British winters are not as cold as in some other countries, they can feel quite bone-chilling due to the damp climate. If you plan to do outdoors activities winter is best avoided. Summers are not exactly tropical, but you can expect longer, warmer days and as a result busier attractions.


While the UK is relatively small when compared to some other countries there is a lot packed into it. Make sure you have a clear itinerary of the places you want to go and the things you want to see – it might not be possible to see everything that interests you in a week or even a fortnight. Consider using a city as a hub rather than travelling to stay in several different places.

Discover something new

The UK isn’t just London and Edinburgh. While both of these cities are fantastic with plenty to do, try and look off the beaten track a little. Some brief internet research will show you there are museums for pretty much every given subject and a wealth of history, theme parks and breathtaking scenery scattered in every corner of the United Kingdom.


The UK is a relatively safe place – it is safe to go out after dark, for example. Just be sure to exercise caution though. Don’t do things any differently than you would at home regarding displaying expensive items or being careless with wallets or purses.


And most importantly, enjoy your visit!