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United Kingdom Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets, Beggars, Crime and Scams

    London Warnings and Dangers

    So you've packed everything, ticked it all off on a meticulous list and you are ready for an adventure in London. Did you remember to pack some common sense? London is a very safe place but like any other large city it's not immune to theft and criminal activity. Violent crime against tourists is extremely rare but pick-pocketing can problem....

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  • Crime and Safety

    Manchester Warnings and Dangers

    This car hire company took £750 from an deposit for a few minor scuff marks. They ask you to authorise credit cards with tour pin code on collection.Then invent ways to not refund deposits. AVOID THIS COMPANY OR REGRET IT!

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  • General safety tips

    Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

    No real dangers to speak of. Same as anywhere although police are clamping down on anti social behaviour in town centre.Don`t drink too much or you could find yourself locked up for the night if you are deemed to have had too much and are spoiling it for others.

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  • Personal Safety

    Glasgow Warnings and Dangers

    Like many on this site say iv lived in Glasgow my hole life but unlike most of these people I have frequently came into trouble. I live in a suburb of Glasgow 20 minutes from city centre called Milton very dangerous area alot of alcoholics drug addicts and alot of knife crime especially between rival street gangs Milton also has a huge problem with...

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  • Dodgy Areas

    Birmingham Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid Birchfield near One Stop Shopping Centre. I was mugged there by 3 youths in broad daylight and was body-searched, and hompohobically abused it was a horrible experience. Also avoid Kingstanding I was viciously attacked there by a group of male youths and homophobically and racially abused. Kingstanding is a racist/homophobic area so if you're...

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  • Punting

    Cambridge Warnings and Dangers

    Getting in and out of the punt wasn't as tricky as you might think, we didn't wobble much at all and I don't think we were in danger of tipping over. But as we were sitting in the punt, Donna's sunglasses fell in the river, fast reflexes prevailed and Donna was able to retrieve them. Not so lucky was Joy who's cellphone went overboard as she was...

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  • Local Tides

    Lyme Regis Warnings and Dangers

    If you plan to walk from Lyme to Charmouth, or the other way, check the tide times first. You can easily get cut off by Church Cliffs (just east of Lyme) and there is no escape route as the cliffs are almost sheer. People have died there in the past, so take care. Watch the mudflows from the landslip too ... they can be very deep and will suck you...

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  • Safety

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    There are no left luggage facilities at the bus and train stations in Belfast for security reasons, too easy to plant an incendary device and leg it. I do not know where in town you can have left luggage, it is probably just best to grin and bear it really.

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  • Traffic, Driving and Crossing the road

    London Warnings and Dangers

    If you drive a car into central London (see map) or hire a car, then you are liable to pay Uncle Ken's congestion charge (even if buffon Boris runs the place these days). It operates Monday-Friday in the day and costs TEN QUID a day. (7AM - 6PM) There are several ways of paying it - so look at the listed website. Some car hire companies like...

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  • Bird droppings

    Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

    I nearly put this tip under ‘What to Pack’ because a hat or even umbrella wouldn’t go amiss if you find yourself under the nests of the Tyne Kittiwakes. You could even add earplugs to that list as well. This is particularly relevant when the birds return to the Tyne each spring to nest, which was when I was here on my latest visit. They’re not...

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  • Football Fans

    Glasgow Warnings and Dangers

    Unlike here in canada i Can wear my rangers jersery to a catholic school which happens to be celtics...Not one person knows what im wearing and half time the time there only remark is why am i wearing a shirt that has "CHEAP" beer on the front..carling.....Know im old enough to know that theres no danger in wearing that in canada however. If i were...

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  • Rising Bollards

    Cambridge Warnings and Dangers

    In preparation for my journey to Cambridge, I did review all of the tips on VT's Cambridge travel page. The "warning or danger" category only had two entries: punting and rising bollards. I had to read more about both as I thought punting is what the Dallas Cowboys do on fourth down and had absolutely no idea what a rising bollard is. Rising...

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  • Landslides

    Lyme Regis Warnings and Dangers

    You may want to explore the landslip to the east of Lyme, but take great care. The earth is still moving, and mudflows can trap you and suck you down. Take care even in summer, weather, as the area rarely dries out fully. Remember that all the cliffs along Lyme Bay are unstable, and keep well away from them if the weather has been wet.

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  • The Troubles

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    Dave Allen, the Irish comic, used to tell this joke : "What is the fastest game in the world" ? Answer : Pass-the-parcel in a Belfast pub. Many people have some very strange ideas about personal safety in Northern Ireland - and will not visit out of a sense of misplaced fear. It is, of course, true that there have been disturbances, bombs and...

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  • Taxis

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Single females should NEVER take unlicensed mini-cabs. Check the GLA website advice regarding taxis, and minicabs. They also provide a phone number listing licensed cab firms in your area: "You can text HOME to 60835 and receive the numbers of licensed minicab and black cab firms in the area you are texting from. This service - the first of its...

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  • Match days

    Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

    Newcastle has, in the past, had a bit of a reputation for being a rough town, but it's probably not as bad as its neighbours, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and probably much safer now than it used to be. During the daylight hours, in the city centre, it's very safe. It's a party town, though, and after hours things can change. Like any town in...

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  • Alcohol

    Glasgow Warnings and Dangers

    All this nonsense about booze - ignore it. So what if there's a law that says you can't drink in the streets. Presumably you wouldn't habitually drink on the sidewalk at home, would you? So do what you'd do at home - If you want to drink, go to a bar. There are thousands of them, mostly nice and friendly. Anyway, if you've traveled thousands of...

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  • Parades

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    It may be wise to avoid visiting the Belfast murals during Marching season around July 12 commemorating the Battle of the Boyne by the Orange men. Also obviously it is best to visit the murals during the day. Don't take pictures of people in these areas and don't nose about into people's houses you will be asking for trouble. The Divis Tower in...

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  • Pigeons

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Three human diseases are known to be associated with pigeon droppings: Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis. They all result in years of unimaginable pain and then death. There are no known medicines to alleviate the pain or prolong life. OK. Only the names of the diseases are true, but do you want to contract anything you cannot...

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  • Hiking/hillwalking

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    wheither walking a signposted way, or exploring an area on foot, be prepared! A good map and walking guide are essential! Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are good ideas, too. If you're accustomed to the circular routes of trails in American national parks, you can be in for a suprise if you don't plan ahead - most of the guided paths are...

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  • Public Transport (not taxis)

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Not every tube lines run in weekends. So before making a plan check which one is working and which not. Otherwise you could be surprised badly. (First time I was in London this ruined my plans and we couldn't go to Greenwich because Jubelee was closed). There are buses but they’ll cost you more time.

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  • Money Matters

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Many Other countries in the world don't charge Commision Rates in the Money exhange transaction but here in The United Kingdom, most Bureau De Change charge a commision fee from 3% to 15% per money exhange transaction, depending on the amount you would exhange and the currency you would exhange into Great Britain Pounds of which the only exception...

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  • Food Vendors

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Do not be tempted into buying hot dogs or burgers from any of the street vendors that plague the West End of London. They are unlicensed and therefore unregulated and the standards of food preparation and hygeine would, quite frankly, make your hair stand on end. I know a number of people who have become very ill after eating from these...

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  • Parking

    London Warnings and Dangers

    It is becoming more and more difficult to park in London as there are many restrictions. Be careful where you park as many places are reserved for residents. Make sure that you purchase a ticket from the machine and display it properly. Should you use a parking meter you must leave the parking space before the time runs out, and you are not allowed...

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  • Mycophobia!

    Jonathan Meades, writes of fungi gathering in Italy;In these mycophobic islands such things are, of course, not taken for granted. If you go down to the woods today you will find very few people indeed looking for mushrooms, & those that you do find will be French or Polish or Italian. Indeed a Lombardian that I know moved out of London to a small...

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  • Stiles...

    Stiles exist on the boundaries of land where ownership changes, but a public right-of-way exists...Landowners are obliged by law to make their choice of boundary marker, be it wall, fence, or hedge, accessable to the public, by installing a gate, or stile...Stiles are the inferior option & really only exist because landowners want to make your...

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  • Willing Workers On Organic Farms UK

    I saw a request on the VTforum from 2 Bulgarians, asking for tips about combining touring & working in the UK - there were many responses warning about the exploitation of foreigners within my country, especially in the countryside, where there is a shortage of seasonal labourers...Also, UK has immigration restrictions, including countries in...

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  • DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS !

    Three human diseases are known to be associated with pigeon droppings: Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis. They all result in years of unimaginable pain and then death. There are no known medicines to alleviate the pain or prolong life. OK. Only the names of the diseases are true, but do you want to contract anything you cannot...

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  • Do not abbreviate!!

    In some parts of the world it is common to abbreviate streetnames. For example: 'I met him on Albany'.Do not do this in the UK. We *never* abbreviate streetnames. Not only will you immediately mark yourself out as a visitor if you do this but you also risk causing considerable confusion.You see, UK streetnames are not unique to any one street....

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  • Crossing the road.

    To claim right of way on a pedestrian crossing in UK you must put your foot on it, merely standing on the footpath near a crossing is not considered intent to use a crossing.The danger concerns a situation which happens on an almost weekly basis where someone's actually crossing the road & some idiot is tearing along at twice the speed-limit & mows...

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  • If you bring your dog.......

    ..as you might do if you are from Europe, do be aware that allowing your dog to foul the streets is taken pretty seriously these days.There is no one overall penalty. Local councils can set their own penalties. If your dog performs and you do not clear it up, you can be fined a substantial amount.So always carry some plastic bags with you, and...

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  • 'Kettling'

    A warning about something you are unlikely to come across, but the possibility does exist.Most UK marches and demonstrations are entirely peaceful but in some cases UK police tactics can include 'kettling'. This means confining the demonstrators to one particular area, for a given length of time, and then escorting them away from that area after...

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  • STOP THE HORROR !

    THIS TIP IS NOT FOR THE SQUEMISH! Yes, these are pictures of a PUB that has closed. I don’t mean for the night. I mean FOREVER! Oh – the humanity! Over 50 Pubs a week shut here. Just look at these gruesome photos. The opening hours sign doesn’t have any opening hours. Those are solid steel mesh screens up on every door and window. Can this terrible...

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  • Parking your car.

    Double yellow lines at the side of a road mean parking is forbidden.A single yellow line means you can park for a limited time during set hours ... there will be a head-height sign somewhere nearby to tell you when.Be careful even if there are no lines. Many towns and cities have streets which are 'residents parking only'. You need to display a...

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  • Giant Hogweed

    We are lucky to have few dangerous plants or animals in the UK, but it is worth being aware of Giant Hogweed, especially if you have children.It isn't native. It was introduced as a garden plant in the 1800s and gradually spread across the country. It especially likes riversides, which is where I took the photo (the hogweed is the white...

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  • The Weather

    It is true that the British talk a lot about the weather, but there is a reason for this. It is always changing. There are officially 4 seasons : Spring, summer, autumn and winter, BUT it is no guarantee that the weather observes them. I have experienced snow in Scotland in May, and just the other day in England [October 2008] we set out on a cold...

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  • PROTECT YOUR HOLIDAYS !!!

    What if your holiday company ceases trading just as you arrive at the airport to jet off? If you get it wrong you just lost ALL your money. The pictures are screen shots of 5 different holiday companies that ceased trading – in the same month – and left customers stranded here and abroad. How do you protect yourself? You need to book holidays that...

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  • DO NOT SLOW DOWN FOR SCHOOLS

    Shocking? You don’t know the half of it! Yes. That is a picture of a School Sign you would find along the busy road. It does not tell you to slow down or stop. There are NO signs that tell you to slow down or stop or even caution around a school here. There are NO reduced speed zones in front of any school. There are no flashing lights – nothing....

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  • HEDGEHOG KILLERS !!!!

    This is a Reliant Robin. Yes it is a car. Yes it is a car with 3 wheels. Invented in the 1970’s this odd little vehicle has a reputation for killing small, cute, little hedgehogs. Just think about it. With a 4-wheeled car Mr. Hedgehog may actually be passed OVER by the car instead of squished into road pizza by the tyres. Mr. Hedgehog doesn’t stand...

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  • DON’T THROW IT !

    Is the wrapper of your chocolate bar worth over $100? It will be if you throw it on the ground. Many cities in the UK now have Wardens (read pseudo-Police) that walk around town centres looking for people littering. They then fine you ON THE SPOT. There are rubbish bins and it’s just not worth it.

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  • BAD BRITISH PLUMBING NO. 3

    OK! Can anyone see the potential health issue here in the Gent’s toilet? For some reason builders in this country want men to stand as humanly possible to other men when they use the urinal. No cubicle, no small walls, no space. Then just to take the absolute **** they do something like this. I really did not want to wash my hands after using this...

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  • BAD BRITISH PLUMBING NO. 2

    I have no doubt that when water taps were first invented they had separate taps like these. Not only are they still made like that here, they are all too common. So what’s the problem? Well one is hot and one is cold. You are supposed to put the plug in the sink and mix the water together to wash you hands. Now where does it all go wrong? Well for...

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  • BAD BRITISH PLUMBING NO. 1

    Does this sink look a little small? Of course it does. You really couldn’t actually get full sized adult hands into it. Then it gets worse. Much much worse. You see the twisty water control? Well to get hot water you have to turn the stupid thing ALL THE WAY AROUND. This means that the water comes out with immense pressure, lands inside the...

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  • Beggars

    Sadly London has its fair share of people asking you for money. I will share my philosophy for what its worth and you can ignore it if you wish. I NEVER give to beggars. I DO give money to those who delight and entertain me in some way, be it music, juggling or whatever. I DO buy things I don't particularly need to support a local economy, a string...

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  • Driving standards in UK.

    As you may have gathered by reading other tips on this page, YOU WILL SEE THE BEST AND WORST DRIVERS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN BRITAIN.Rather than talk in general terms about what you may encounter, I thought I'd log a few actual examples of the lowest of the low I've encountered on Britain's roads. These are the real nutters, wilful bad driving, not...

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The UK is a remarkably safe country, given its huge population (60+ million) and its very small size.

Our police only carry guns when it is considered necessary and we have more CCTV...

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