By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I've heard London can be very expensive. We'll be in England sometime in December for a week and would like to visit some museums. What are some admission prices?

A: A: Last time I checked the currency exchange rate for the British pound, 1-dollar Canadian was valued at .45 British pounds. If you look at it the other way, 1 British Pound converts to about $2.26 Canadian.

As always, when you calculate the exchange rate on the cost of goods purchased in the United Kingdom, things get pricey. However, you can purchase a seven-day discount pass called, "The Great British Heritage Pass," for 32 pounds. Simply present your passport when purchasing the card. It is available for purchase at the British Visitor Centre, Lower Regent St, London, or at the airport.

With the exception of the Tower of London (pass holders pay half the price), card holders have free entries to almost 600 properties belonging to or in membership of the National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, Welsh Historic Monuments, The Treasure Houses of England and more. Properties include Hampton Court Palace, Shakespeare's birthplace, Stonehenge, Warwick Castle and Windsor Castle.

This heritage pass is pretty good news seeing that more people traveling to the UK visit museums than go to theme parks and pop concerts.

For more details on other sites and travel-related information, visit the British Tourist Authority's web site.


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