United Kingdom Tourist Traps

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United Kingdom Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • Tours Etc.

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    There are many walks that claim to show you 'Underground Edinburgh,' but only one shows you the part of the city that was buried many years ago: Mary King's Close. Other tours will dub themselves as "underground," but only show you vaults under a bridge (South Bridge). You will not be allowed to take any photos or videos, but they will try to...

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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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  • 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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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    Like any capital city there are plenty of traps to allure the eager tourist. Watch out for the overpriced shortbread biscuits, tartan everything (can you find YOUR clan?) and plenty of whiskey themed gifts. I managed to go home with all three!.

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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

    Avoid the post office, M&S, travelex, and banks.. To get the best rate for your currency you should go to to Thomas Exchange, their rates are much better than the Post Office, M&S, Travelex, Moneycorp, banks and other bureaus de change. For example today I exchanged €1000 to Sterling and received £793.27, the Post Office would have given £714 (so...

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    Unless you want something typical Scottish to eat and pay for it don't eat at the restaurants on the Royal Mile. They are very expensive and if you never had any Scottish food before and are not sure, this is not the place to try it.

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  • Madame Tussauds and Planetarium

    London Tourist Traps

    I've been to Madame Tussaud Waxworks a few times now and have had mixed experiences. It was a curiosity to see the waxworks but at the same time I feel it's overrated for what it's worth. The off putting queues and extortionate prices are the reasons why I'm put off making a return visit. I understand why many want to go so I suggest booking in...

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    You might say that the castle is one big tourist trap and you will be right. A lot of visitors , noise and you cant see anything you want , problems to take photos but still this is one amazing castle. i liked it a lot !

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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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  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    The Royal Yacht Britanna at Ocean Terminal (A shopping mall & cinema) is over priced but it does give you a chance to see how the Royals lived and the poor bloody marines who went with them. Around ?10 and it will take about 1 hour 30 mins. The Castle cost ?10 and you can spend 4 Hours or more. The view is great take a wide angle lens. Marks and...

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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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  • Scott Monument

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    This is not the best view point for Edinburgh although its not bad. Its a hell of a dizzying climb up very narrow stairs for a few minutes of viewing not really worth in my opinion. Check out Black ford Hills for the best view. Hit the stairmaster first and make sure when you do it its a nice day. Hit Blackfort hills (see must do activities.)

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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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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    only use black hackney cabs the proper taxis the same ones you see in london dont use the "private hire cars" i stress the word cars as they are not taxis, although they are liscenced by the council they do no training whatsoever and will take you the tourist route where as the hackney cabs(london taxis)will always give you the professional service...

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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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  • Holyrood

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    You can register your ticket to gain unlimited entry for one year but stop and look at the small print before shelling out for tickets to both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery (both have seperate admission charges) Your unlimited ticket carries big restrictions, both are closed from 30th. May till 15th. June as well as the...

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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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  • Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    If you like the views of an oil refinery then this place is great. It's an absolute dump - the only thing that can be said about it is that the car parking is free! How the NT have got the nerve to charge to go into 1 small house is beyond a joke. There is simply nothing to see - we drove back to the Trossachs - they are plenty more pretty and...

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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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  • Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    Now I suppose theatre goers and culture vultures will not agree with me but I'd advise you to avoid Edinburgh during the 'festival' period (August). It's NOT typical then... crammed full of people from far and wide, with everywhere just too busy and noisy to be enjoyable. I'd also advise you to avoid Hogmanay.... do yourself a favour and visit at a...

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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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  • Greyfriar's

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    The statue of a dog who stood by his master's grave for years. It's cute, I have to admit, but not worth a special trip. Although if you're on your way from the castle to the National Museum, you may as well pass it.

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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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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    This is kind of a "museum", where the visitors are told about how our planet was created and how it was developing. However, no real things of the past centuries are exhibited. "Our Dynamic Earth" is suitable for 7-10-year old kids. Smaller kids can be scared there, and for older children and for adults it will be boring. It's very informative, so...

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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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  • 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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  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

    I feel a little bad classing this very well presented and locally run place a 'tourist trap' and it only falls into this section of my VT pages on the UK because of how much it costs. The staff here are really dedicated and friendly people and they obviously have a lot of passion for presenting the heritage of this area. It's just a shame that the...

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  • THE END OF THE UK SCAM

    John O’Groats is the theoretical end of the road in the UK. It is 874 miles from here to Land’s End. Its actually the next location over that is really the end of the road, but John O’Groats has been set up as a touristy and imaginary end. It is a well-known route for charity sponsorship. So just imagine. You have lost a loved one to cancer or some...

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  • Two courses meal for the price of one

    There was a beautiful young lady outside a restaurant in China town who told us (wife, i and our 2 kids) that we can have two course for the price of 7.99 pounds. she explained that each one of us could choose either a starter meal plus main course or main course and a desert. I knew that there was something fishy about it, so i asked how much do...

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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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  • pit stop, arrochar, scotland

    when people refer to scots as mean, this place is what they refer to.The proprietors will not not accept a credit card for an amount less than 10 pounds If your bill amounts to less than that you must either buy something else to round off the amount or go somewheres else.I had with me two elderly, slightly dehydrated ladies who needed sustenance...

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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 tacking’. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • BritRail pass is a.. ripp-off!

    Britrail pass is a popular means to discover UK. It is pretty expensive (22 days for $707.00, 15 days $559) and has only limited number of days. There is a version for Europeans only called Interrail One Country Pass. It's cheaper than Britrail (299 Euro) but is valid for 8 days only. If I see railway tariff prices ending with "9" or even worse,...

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  • The British Airways London Eye

    The British Airways London Eye is one of the most popular attractions in London. However, I think it is an ugly and tacky eyesore intruding upon the classic skyline of London. And because of its popularity (it accommodates about 15,000 people per day), a trip to the top involves a long wait in a large crowd.The British Airways London Eye was...

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  • The Roman Baths at Bath

    First, don't stay in a hotel if you own a tent and sleeping bag. Just n.e of town is a great camping ground with a bus that runs very often nearby. Second. Go upstairs in the bath house and take your photos from there. You can see the baths and not pay the robbers10-12 bucks a head depending on age. Third, save paying your cathedral money for this...

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  • Extortionate entry fees to most places

    Having made several trips to my second favorite country (U.S. is first) I was a bit disturbed my last trip to find that it would now cost me nearly $40.00 for three people to visit St. Paul's Cathedral --3 x 11 pounds. That was the first day. By the time we had spent the first 8 hours in London, we had spent, not counting the British Heritage Pass,...

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  • Dynamic earth in Edinburgh

    This museum shows the creation of earth , animals , ice , lava.I thought it will be much more interesting - spend your money and time on something else...very boring Try to stay away from the animals and dont get eaten like me ;-) Walk in the royal mile and enjoy your trip

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  • Loch Ness museum

    To my opinion this place is a big tourist trap.The movies is a little bit boring and we left in the middle of the movies to enjoy the lake. Buy a nessie doll Leave the museum and go to see the lake

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  • Castles

    You might say that castles are one big tourist trap and you will be right.A lot of visitors , noise and you cant see anything you want , problems to take photos but still castles are amazing.i liked it a lot !

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