Practical information

Opening hours

When are the shops open? 

Opening hours in Britain are generally Monday-Saturday from 10.00 until 17.30. Outside of London and other main cities, many businesses, and shops still close on Sundays but in the larger cities you can expect most shops to be open. In the big city centres, particularly London shops are often open until 19.00 and seven days a week - so you have lots of time to hit the famous stores! 

When are the museums open?

Of course this varies, but the many museums in London tend to operate late opening hours on at least one day a week, while those outside the capital may have shorter hours. Always check online to see when the opening times are.

Public holidays

On public holidays, also known as bank holidays in Britain, banks, offices and some shops, restaurants and attractions close, and transport networks may run a limited number of services. Check to see if any public holidays are occurring before you begin your holiday, there are often fun events around the country that you can enjoy if there are.