Where to stay, explore and public transport

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With the UK being one of the most popular destinations for local travelers, with demand for travel from South Africa to this European destination at an all-time high, there is plenty to see and do.

Attractions

The UK is known for its natural beauty, scenic drives and cuisine.

Explore famous attractions such as Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Stonehenge, London Eye, Edinburgh Castle, Windsor Castle and National Parks. Or think outside the box and explore small towns like Warwick and Rye in England, Cushendall in Northern Ireland and Plockton in Scotland.

Travel expert Altus Stenekamp suggested taking a train instead of a flight from London to Edinburgh. En route, he advised travelers to spend a day or night in York, a walled city in the northeast of England, teeming with history and rich experiences.

“For those visiting during the UK summer season, explore anywhere near the coast, from Brighton to Portsmouth. For those traveling in their winter, the Lake District, Edinburgh, the Cotswolds, Canterbury and the Land of Wales are popular options, ”he added.

Where to stay

For those on a budget, consider the ibis London Earls Court hotel and the easyHotel South Kensington. Both offer standard rooms but offer good value for money.

Mid-range hotels like the Amba Hotel Marble Arch were also popular, offering sophisticated accommodation.

For luxury travelers, Ashford Castle offers a private 5-star getaway. Visiting here, according to its website, is a once in a lifetime experience.

Food scene

The UK, especially London, has a remarkable food scene.

“It is a melting pot of culture and cuisine. You are spoiled for choice during your visit.

“From traditional British fare like fish and chips with mashed peas to bangers and mash, or Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding, to that late night kebab stop and a good curry at The Brick Lane, there is a lot to do, ”he said.

The secrets

Stenekamp, ​​an avid visitor to the UK, said travelers should give up car hire unless they plan to drive to other destinations.

“If you are traveling to London, take the red city sightseeing bus (and sit upstairs) on the first day. It’s expensive, but you get to know all the hot spots and get to know the city.

“Also take comfortable walking shoes. The UK has many safe hiking routes that showcase picturesque gems, ”Stenekamp advised.

Travelers can use their bank cards as long as they alert their bank of travel dates.

“Get a multizone travel card. You can use it on trains, buses, rail tracks and even water transport on the Thames.

“Also, allow plenty of time to get your Covid PCR test for your return flight, which you need to print out before your flight,” he said.

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