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Travel Tips.

1. Many of Britain's finest treasures are housed in public institutions that provide free entry.
2. The National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, and Cadw take care of many of Britain's historic properties including castles, stately homes, abbeys and ancient monuments. These institutions offer free entry to their members plus other benefits.
3. The National Trust has some reciprocal visiting arrangements with heritage organizations in other countries. In particular the Royal Oak Foundation represents the National Trust in the United States. Royal Oak membership dues are tax deductible for American taxpayers.
4. The National Trust for Scotland is represented in the United States by the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. Membership dues are tax deductible for American tax payers.
5. Rail travel in Britain is excellent between major cities, however, it can be rather expensive. RailEurope offers multiday passes that can significantly reduce the cost. These passes have to be purchased prior to travel to Britain. RailEurope also offers the London Pass.
6. A hotel can be much more than just a place to rest your head. In fact, chosen correctly, it can be destination in itself. Consider that in Britain you can stay in a castle, historic house or exquisite residential spas. Checkout the best hotels and spas and plan your vacation around your choice.
7. Read before you travel - let those who have gone before you inspire you. For example, read how Wordsworth described the view from Westminster Bridge, how Kipling wrote of his beloved Sussex, Matthew Arnold of Oxford, Robert Burns of Edinburgh and Washington Irving of Stratford-upon-Avon.
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