English Village Becomes Tourist Attraction, Doesn't Know Why

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 1:00 AM

People who live in the English village of Kidlington—population: 14,000; claim to fame: none to speak of—report that busloads of Asian tourists have been pouring into their town on Thursdays, strolling the streets and snapping photos. Here's the weird part: nobody in Kidlington knows why. When locals have asked the visitors for an explanation, the language barrier has kept them from getting mu...

London's Black Taxis Will All Soon Accept Credit Cards

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2015, 4:30 AM

London's licensed cab drivers famously have a larger hippocampus (the part of the brain that's responsible for memory) than average folks. That's the result of two years of studying (on average) for the grueling test all must take, proving they have memorized the location and name of every street in the spaghetti-tangled landscape of London. But it seems they haven't been smart enough to c...

Bad News, Anglophiles: Hershey's Bars British Cadbury

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2015, 8:15 PM

British Cadbury bars are officially something you can only buy on vacation. Those of us who got a taste for British chocolate on our trips to the U.K. have enjoyed the ability to re-live our travels through our taste buds by purchasing British-made Cadbury Dairy Milk, creme eggs, and other sweets across America, brought here by a specialized importer. But the New York Times reports tha...

Now You Can Stay the Night at Downton Abbey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/15/2014, 6:30 PM

A few years ago, the condition of the English mansion Highclere Castle grew so dire—after years of benign neglect from Earls who were more interested in horses or exploring—that the roof started caving in. And so, to fund its restoration, its current owners decided to open up their glorious home to weddings and filming. They only showed the film crews to the ground floor and first floor, ...

The Only Rules You Need to Know for Driving a Car in the United Kingdom and Europe

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/02/2013, 5:15 PM

Over on our busy message boards, the Forums, an interesting conversation has popped up in which Frommer's readers are compiling a list of all the rules a foreign driver would possibly need to know before they get behind a wheel in the United Kingdom.  Is there right on red? Can I use a mobile phone while I drive? Will my rental car be an automatic? So far, the list , which was sta...

A Study Suggests That the Benefits of Educational Travel Are Far More Far-Reaching Than Most Realize

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2013, 5:15 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

London Attractions Are Tricking Tourists into Paying More for Tickets Than They Have To

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/01/2013, 3:00 PM

Some of the biggest attractions in London have adopted a new trick. They post high admission prices, and beside the price, they now put a little asterisk. Most people don't pay attention to the asterisk, but if they did, they'l see the notice, in smaller type way down at the bottom of the sign that the high price includes a "voluntary donation." The real price is not the one automatically char...

Confused About Navigating the Airport? One of Them Will Take $80 to Guide You Through It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/21/2013, 8:30 AM

More and more, airlines stand to make a lot more money when airports do their jobs inefficiently. Last month, I told you about how one airline at JFK was raking in fees for instant security-line upgrades when the TSA failed to process passengers quickly. Now, airport management itself is finding a way to cash in. Manchester, England just completed a pilot program charging customers £50, or...

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