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England Tourist Traps

  • London Eye

    London Tourist Traps

    The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel, at one time the world's largest, with enclosed capsules. It moves so slowly that you can barely tell that it is moving, it takes 30 minutes to do a full revolution. I'm probably in the minority in listing this as a tourist trap, I've been on it twice and both times I've thought it was overpriced and really not...

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  • Old Trafford

    Manchester Tourist Traps

    If you travel to Manchester, a sight worth seeing is the Manchester United Stadium, although there have been reports of tourists beeing robbed in this area. If taking photographs do not allow anyone to take a picture of you in front of the stadium as some tourists have done so only to find someone else comes up behind them, whips their trousers...

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  • Tour Buses

    Oxford Tourist Traps

    Some wouldn't call this a tourist trap, but in my opinion a bus tour through a city centre which is easily walkable within 20 minutes doesn't make sense at all. It's the same as everywhere: You can see the colleges from aboard the bus, but you can't get in. The bus doesn't stop when you have discovered the number one photo stop. The commentary...

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  • Tour buses

    London Tourist Traps

    The hop-on, hop-off bus is the best way to see London because it covers every possible place you might want to see in the city. We have a wonderful stay in London and found the people very friendly, but it is unfortunate that the only rude people we encountered were from the employees of The Original Bus Tour. Our experience with the bus drivers...

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  • Punting

    Oxford Tourist Traps

    Punts are very expensive: up to 10 pounds for a single use. Most colleges own their own punts; hence students get them for free or for much reduced rates: so, if you want to go punting make friends with an Oxford Student! It's still good fun. Have a look at my punting travelogue....

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  • Money and Money Exchange

    London Tourist Traps

    On my current trip to Sri Lanka, I had to change money at Heathrow Airport as the Post Office, where I normally exchange, does not carry rupees. I hadn't even checked the rate as I was more or less compelled to do it. I didn't know what the situation was in Colombo airport about bureau de change facilities but I have since found out that the...

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  • Madame Tussauds and Planetarium

    London Tourist Traps

    If you want to look at a load of lifeless dummies, then why not visit the House of Commons ? or Luton. I fail to understand how this attraction is still at the top of many tourists "Must see" list. I've been a couple of times (usually taking friends who have insisted) in the past few years and have been quite disappointed at having to part...

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  • London Dungeon

    London Tourist Traps

    FOR KIDS and FOR KIDS ONLY!!! One of London's biggest tourist attractions apparently. Features Jack the Ripper stuff and other subjects related to murder, blood and gore. This tourist attraction based in Tooley Street, near London Bridge rail station. It recreates various gory historical events in a style which attempts to make them appealing to...

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  • Restaurants

    London Tourist Traps

    It has been a long time, but I'll try to tell you what this restaurant is like. This restaurant at 43 Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square, next to the McDonald's, called S.P.Q.R., is a tourist trap scam. They charge a price that is very high, but not high enough to make it very obvious that it's a scam. The tourists will just think, "oh London must be...

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  • Soho and the West End

    London Tourist Traps

    The Christmas illuminations in Oxford Street and Regent Street are disappointing. The 2009 lights were based on the Disney movie A Christmas Carol but as the photo shows this was more or less all there was to see along Oxford Street every few yards. In Regent Street the 2009 lights were the same as 2008 - illuminated netting that is strung across...

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  • Theatre and Shows (including tickets)

    London Tourist Traps

    I've certainly seen better acting, better sets, better costumes, and better plays but so what. The Mousetrap is an institution and quite honestly I'm glad I can say I've seen it. It's been playing for almost 60 years and will probably play for another 60 more. I wouldn't splurge on this--get the cheap seats for sure but see it if for no other...

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  • Leicester Square

    London Tourist Traps

    Many visitors to London head for London's Leicester Square because they've heard so much about it. This is where the film premieres are held, but be warned, that doesn't make it a classy area. The A listers certainly don't hang around here afterwards. As far as food goes, the area houses the standard run of chain burger and Mexican restaurants,...

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  • London Zoo

    London Tourist Traps

    The London Eye takes you to new heights and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. I was fortunate to go on a clear and sunny summer day, so the views were quite spectacular. I can't really say if it was worth the cost. It was a nice relaxing and unique ride, but that's about it. There are some interesting options including renting a...

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  • Pubs and Bars

    London Tourist Traps

    I was very much in two minds as to whether to include this as a general tip or a tourist trap - it's the Prospect of Whitby pub in Wapping. Certainly, it has a very long a interesting history, the interior is very "Olde Worlde" including a pewter bar top. It is said that Judge Jeffreys, the Hanging Judge much despised by the populace in the 17th...

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  • Taxis

    London Tourist Traps

    London like any other city in the world has it's fair share of unlicensed taxi drivers.these drivers are not real taxi drivers, they will charge you silly amounts. they will probably not even know where they are going. I see too many people being conned and too many silly drunken women taking these cabs as a cheap option home.Come on ladies do the...

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  • Piccadilly

    London Tourist Traps

    Unless you call usual tourist junk you can get in all touristic places a trap. London is only city with no tourist traps. But if you are a Londoner god help you.. By mistake you may get over charged,please check your change before you leave the counter. why buy the souvenir junk ,they are just useles and dont please anyone back hope,you try to...

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  • Hotels and accomodations

    London Tourist Traps

    If you want to sleep and have breakfast cheap, I'm sure there's no better offer than clink 78. Me and 8 friends paid only 25£ each for 2 clean rooms with comfortable double-beds. The breakfast was really delicous, everyone was totally pleased. You can eat toast with nutella or strawberry jam, cereals and for drink orange juice or a hot milk. Clink...

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  • Tipping and Service charges

    Just to let all you fellow travellers know. Service charges are added to resturant bills but are actually now illegla. The staff are not allowed to say where this service charge goes but what you will find it that it goes to the mangement. Always check your bill, if there is a service charge or a gratuity on it and you would rather not pay it you...

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  • ATM charges for the English travelling...

    Although not really an England tourist trap tip it is worth noting that we face the same problem as others when travelling overseas. How do we avoid getting ripped off by the banks when all we want to do is withdraw our hard earned cash and have some fun. In my opinion ,by far the best deal for Brits travelling abroad and wanting to use ATMs is to...

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  • ATM charges in England

    It’s always difficult to know what the best deal is with ATM cards and probably the best advice is to check with your own bank before you travel. However I can tell you a bit about ATM’s over here, firstly that you’ll find them everywhere, and secondly that they are mostly free to use. However be careful about using ATM’s in shops and public houses...

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  • PARKING FINES

    Want to drive here? Will, it’s going to be expensive. Let’s just start with the fact that fuel can be as much as $8.60 a gallon (US). That’s enough to put you off drive thrus at MacDonald’s for life right there. It gets much worse. Then there’s traffic. Roads designed for 200,000 people with horses are now 55 million with vehicles. Then you try and...

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  • YOU COULD BE IN TROUBLE IF YOU TAKE...

    YOU ARE A TERRORIST.Oops! I meant ‘You are a Tourist'! See how easy that mistake was to make. Well the Metropolitan Police in their infinite wisdom have decided that you may want to report ‘Odd picture taking’. Let’s see. You see someone taking pictures of their food, bus stops, train stations and major landmarks. It’s a Virtual Tourist Member...

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  • TIPPING IN RESTAURANTS

    We don’t tip in Britain. Get over it. There is a reason there is no place to leave a ‘gratuity’ on credit card bills or your server tells you not to bother. In the UK service workers are paid full wages unlike restaurant waiters in North America. I should know; I was a waiter! Tipping can be severely counterproductive here. Also, if you do tip,...

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  • GROSS STUPIDITY – GATWICK AIRPORT

    “You are not welcome here Johnny Foreigner”! Well, they might as well put up a sign in the baggage claim area at Gatwick. I just recently returned to Gatwick from outside the EU and went to go use one of the free baggage trolleys for the bags in the baggage claim area. Problem is, they are not quite free anymore. In fact, it’s worse than that. You...

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  • GETTING TELEPHONE NUMBERS

    Need a telephone number in Britain? That’s going to cost you! A few years ago the Directory Enquiries number ‘192’ was privatised and now there are over 100 options. Some will cost you more than £1 for a phone number! I recommend not using 118 118. They do the most marketing, but they certainly are not cheap. They charge you 49p for answering the...

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  • Isle Of Wight

    There such a good place to visit. *The ferry is huge.*The Water, is according the brochure, crystal blue and quite transparent. - Garlic Farm- Amazon Zoo- Sandown (we rent a hotel at here for 2 night.) (we enjoy eating fish & chip at there.)- Yarmouth (view/ scene)- More...... - Garlic farm--> remember to buy a garlic ice-cream.

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  • Consider seeing Stonehedge...

    but don't pay for viewing this up close, please! It's a waste of your precious pounds! Just look at my pics and you'll see that it is possible to get good shots of the landmark even behind the fence. Honestly, Stonehedge is something to see once, if that. It is out of the way from perspectives of common tourists. Eat the ice cream offered where...

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  • Burton-On-Water

    While Burton-On-Water in the Cotswolds is pleasant, it is also feeble and not worth the trip. Billed as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", it contains a solitary stream flowing through the usual tourist shops. Rather, spend your time in Stratford-on-Avon which contains the far greater picturesque and pleasant Avon (along with the usual tourist shops)....

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  • Windsor! Definitely Windsor!

    ´The place is full, expensive and not really worth visiting. Does the Queen need money that badly? Back in 2003: 11,50 pounds per person?Yet, the people line up. In thousands. Leave the castle alone and go for a walk in Windsor Great Park.

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  • Corn Circles, a message from little...

    A mate of mine claims (after he has drunk the equivalent in beer of the GDP of a small African state) that he was in on the start of the crop circle phenomenon. Groups of young farmers after one too many scrumpy (West country cider for the unintiated) would haul themselves out to a field and create a few circles with a bit of imagination, a plank...

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  • Ten worst places in London to be as a...

    From Sourbugger's London page :London dosn't really have Tourist traps just some very overpriced attractions ; these are in my opinion the worst :1) London Dungeon. Once saw a guide writing about this place say "unsuitable for adults" - quite.2) Madame Tussaud's - Lifeless rubbish.3) Covent Garden - Overpriced rubbish and bloody street...

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  • An underwhelming experience

    Many people place Stonehenge high on their list of 'to do' things in England. If they imagine that they will be alone with the mystical stones, get up close and feel their presence - then they will be somewhat disappointed.The truth of the matter is that a main A-road runs close by (despite frequent plans to put it in a tunnel or divert it), the...

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  • Who are the dummies ? (Madame Tussauds)

    From Sourbugger's London Page : If you want to look at a load of lifeless dummies, then why not visit the House of Commons ?I fail to understand how this attraction is still at the top of many tourists "Must see" list.I've been a couple of times (usually taking friends who have insisted) in the past few years and have been quite disappointed at...

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  • Stonehenge .... think twice.

    You can pay to go in (and yes, some of the money does go towards the upkeep of UK monuments) but it is badly-presented and rather tacky. The new interpretation centre will be built within the next few years and, hopefully, will be better. In the meantime, look at the stones through the fence and then go for a walk along the cursus (free), see the...

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  • Land's End

    This is not what you think. It is full of amusement arcades and souvenier shops. It is almost distracting from the beauty of the cliffs. By all means go and check it out. There are great photo opportunities to be had anywhere along the grounds. Even some that are totally made up. The sign behind me in the picture will be in a picture with you,...

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  • Shopping is a major tourist attraction!...

    Stay clear of english check-out chicksWatch out for the grumpy looking checkout operators. I couldn't help but notice the majority of the shop assistants are all down the dumps and totally miserable! Not just them maybe it was the entire population of england. Maybe it had something to do with the also misserable weather!! Make sure you select the...

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  • Themed Pubs

    Okay, I shall admit that after about a billion drinks and if you are surrounded by a mob of your BEST buddies, some theme pubs are allright. If you're a fan of cover bands and nationalistic emblems (shamrocks, maple leaves, wombats) head on down to your nearest 'O'Neills' or 'Maple Leaf'. Otherwise they are tacky and generally dull. Being an...

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  • Stonehenge - don't let them rip you off!

    They really rip you off in Stonehenge. I have to admit I don’t know what the admission fee was, but I think it was around 5 or 6 Pounds (forgive me if I’m wrong, fact is that it was exorbitantly high and that’s the point here). You do get an audio guide which leads you on a circle around Stonehenge. But instead of giving you real information about...

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  • Canterbury Tales - not much to tell home...

    The Canterbury Tales promise to present your Chaucer’s „Canterbury Tales“ in an amusing and lively way with recreated scenes but also with the sounds and smells of those times. What we find (for quite a hefty admission fee) are scenes with life-like dolls, quite nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. The presentation is not extremely lively, while...

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  • Washing hands in England

    I never understood what made the English invent and use taps like they do. In quite a few places there's two taps - one for freezing cold and one for burning hot water. There is no way to open one tap and get the right water temperature to brush your teeth or wash your face. You will always end up freezing or you burn your face ;) Mix water in the...

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  • The Black Taxi of London

    Taxi from the airport.You can be charged more than the cost of your plane fare. Take a train or bus. The taxi fare may be high, but being lied to = do not use this service again. If you have to use a taxi--ask several---you can get different prices for the same trip.The taxi in Northhampton to Towester wasgood. One taxi trip in London was...

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  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    It's a nice old town on a nice bit of river, but it's just a nice old town spoiled by heaving crowds and if that playwright chappie, whasisname, on tip of my tongue, hadn't been born here it wouldn't stand out all that much! Go to the theatre. Best Shakespeare plays to see (strictly IMHO): The Winters Tale (overall best play); Measure for Measure...

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  • Stonehenge

    Let me say straight off that it's impressive, that its triliths (two standing stones with a third stone lying across them) are unique, and that it makes a great postcard (no point in taking a photograph, any angle you can get on it has been done many times before.That said, the visitor centre is tacky, and you can't get close to the stones. 30...

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