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Mind the gap! We love an icon, and we love to explore. Britain and Ireland are a gold mine of “pinch me” moments. From visiting Buckingham Palace in London to kissing the Blarney stone, Cosmos Britain and Ireland Tours offer many experiences that are sure to surprise and delight. Take a break in Adare, known for remarkable thatched cottages, and wander the medieval market towns and cities of York and Stratford-upon-Avon. With so much to see and do, take advantage of your freedom and our flexibility. Our Great Britain Tours conquer the must-see’s, with a generous serving of new discoveries for good measure. 

Snapshot: Britain & Ireland
Capital
Britain: London // Republic of Ireland: Dublin
Official Language
Britain: English // Republic of Ireland: Irish
Population
Britain: 66 million // Republic of Ireland: 4.8 million
Currency
Britain: GBP // Republic of Ireland: Euro
Time Zone
GMT+1
Drives on the
Left

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FROM DUBLIN TO LONDON
DUBLIN   LONDON
9 days, 2 Countries
Tour 9040
FROM DUBLIN TO LONDON
Stunning scenery, pretty villages, ancient sights, and exciting cities—this Britain and Ireland tour offers all of this and more. Your tour starts in Dublin, Ireland’s fun capital; ends in London,...
IRISH DISCOVERY
DUBLIN   DUBLIN
9 days, 2 Countries
Tour 9200
IRISH DISCOVERY
Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions - all of this and more await you on this guided Ireland tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in...
IRISH EXPLORER
DUBLIN   DUBLIN
9 days, 2 Countries
Tour 9200
IRISH EXPLORER
Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this Irish Explorer tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in...
GRAND TOUR OF BRITAIN & IRELAND
LONDON   LONDON
18 days, 2 Countries
Tour 9050
GRAND TOUR OF BRITAIN & IRELAND
Experience the best of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales on this in-depth exploration tour of the British Isles. In between time in the major cities—London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and...
Travelling in Britain & Ireland
Best time to visit
There’s no doubt, summer is best for visiting Britain and Ireland. Not only is the weather grand, (although still carry an umbrella, it can still be unpredictable!), but so is the atmosphere as people come out of their own hibernation keen to celebrate the sunshine and all things summer-y. Long days, late relaxed evenings and the sing-song of general celebration and nature blooming are hallmarks of a British and Irish summer. We challenge you not to love it!

Winter (Dec –Feb)
December and January are the wettest months in Britain and Ireland. Take a brolly, those gorgeous green hills aren’t green for no reason. Enjoy the Scottish festivals of Hogmanay and New Year’s Eve. The warmth you’ll experience at both will keep out the chill. 

Spring (Mar – May)
March to May is a mix of sunny spells and sudden showers. Expect four seasons in a day - it’s highly likely the day may start rainy and end sunny, or vice versa. 

Summer (June - Aug)
Glorious Summer! The season both countries wait nine months of the year for. Even at its warmest you won’t be breaking much of a sweat; temperatures over 25 degrees are almost considered a heat wave. June and July in particular are when there’s a hint of carefree warmth in the air, but without the crowds of August. (just watch for school holidays also in July).

Autumn (Sept – Nov)
It becomes quite cosy as the Winter chill sneakily slides back in. If visiting the countryside around Edinburgh in September, maybe leave the deer antlers at home – it’s hunting season. 
Culture and customs
You’ll find the entire region welcoming and polite, yet each region has their own customs, from the traditional music of the Irish recounting tales of love, history and humour, to the physical displays of strapping Scotsmen (catch the log tossing in The Highland Games) to the love of tradition in England, each itinerary stop will bring to life a magical new discovery.
Electronics and devices
Britain and Ireland use 230 volts.
Health & safety
Consult your local doctor for general immunisations and visit http://smartraveller.gov.au for current safety and travel information.
Language and useful phrases
Irish is the national language of Ireland, with English recognized as a second official language. But it doesn’t matter what they’re officially speaking, in any case the lilting, musical accent will carry you away.  If looking for the bathroom, in Irish they’re called Leithris, with Fir for males and Mna for females. And if keen to try Guinness the local brew, just ask for a pint of Gat. Absolutely none of this is relevant in Britain, whose citizens sometimes look as quizzically at the Irish as the rest of the world. In Britain, expect to speak “Plain English!” Except it's not. The Brits have so much slang it could send you barmy (mad). And Scotland? Och aye, that’s a whole different dialect altogether.  
Money and costs
Ireland and Britain are relatively expensive places to visit, with travel, food and accommodation costs higher than the EU average. Consider buying a cash passport (travel debit card) which eliminates bank withdrawal fees and on-the-spot conversions. Pre load it with currency before leaving home, so you can Go Dial It Up on extra activities with the cash you savvily save.
Other FAQs
In this part of the world, adore the explore has never rung so true. Getting into the great outdoors is the best way to get a feel for the true roots of these lush green, centuries old countries. From endless views from the top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh to the mind-boggling Giant’s Causeway, pulling on those shoes and getting amongst it is the only way to go. Finished up with a slide of traditional Guiness Pie, of course. 
Visas & Insurance
Visas are not required at all for members of EU or Schengen countries. Other nationalities may be restricted to stays under 90 days.

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