British T.I.P.S. is a tour operator which was launched in 1994, headed up by a travel expert with well over 20 years experience. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength, becoming a trusted and reliable land travel service.
Our staff have a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience, and are happy to assist in putting together the best holiday or corporate visit for you.
We’re experts in land travel in Europe and the United Kingdom, and have diversified into the Middle East, Scandinavia, and America.
And if it isn’t on this website, that doesn’t mean we can’t book it. Give us a shout and we’ll do our best to help! Because we’re big enough to cope and small enough to care.
Whether it’s a day tour out to Stonehenge or Cambridge, or several days or even weeks around Scotland, Ireland, England, and even Norway, we can assist. Hotels used are 3 or 4 star.
We use only reputable, top-rated operators with tourism awards to their names, including Rabbies, Evan Evans, and Golden Tours – or we can put a tailor-made tour together just for you!
We offer a wide range of hotel accommodation, from small private country houses, to large chain hotels and even castles and manor houses. Our vast range covers not only the major cities of the UK and Ireland, but the countryside too. We can also assist with accommodation in Europe, such as in Italy, Scandinavia, France, and more.
For those wanting freedom when they travel rather than a fixed itinerary, B&B vouchers are the perfect solution.
SIGHTSEEING & THEATRE
Don’t waste your time queuing! Purchase your sightseeing tickets before you leave and just walk right in (recommended, particularly in peak season). Visit all the ‘greats’, from Madame Tussauds, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, and all the royal palaces, to the London Eye, London Dungeon, or a trip up the Shard, amongst others. We also book Hop-on Hop-off buses in cities all over the UK and many major European cities.
Musicals, plays, operas, and other theatre is a ‘must do’ for visitors to London, from classics like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Mousetrap, The Lion King, and Mamma Mia to more modern options like Wicked, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Spamalot, and more.
SPECIAL EVENTS & INTERESTS
If there’s a special event in the UK or Europe, chances are, we’re the people who can book it for you! We are official agents for the Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show, Tatton Park Flower Show, Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Wimbledon Tennis Championships, amongst others.
We also offer tickets to Premier League Football Matches in the UK, Grand Prix worldwide, and many other sporting events. Stadium tours can also be arranged, and we offer several fun packages, such as the
Whiskey tasting tours, the Swiss Chocolate Train, Disneyland Paris, Legoland, and many more experiences can be booked through us.
CAR HIRE and PRIVATE TRANSFERS
Our car hire companies offer great value. Competitive rates make exploring Britain and Ireland easy on the pocket. And tourists don’t even need to get an international driver’s license – you can use your South African driver’s license in the UK for up to 12 months at a stretch.
We can also arrange private transfers to hotels and attractions across the UK.
Visitor Oyster Cards for London
These are pre-loaded smartcards which allow you to use London transport on a pay-as-you-go basis. They replace the travelcards.
The visitor card does not require photo ID (unlike the card available to UK residents) and can be topped up as you go. It never expires so you can save it for your next trip.
Use it on: London Underground (Tube), bus, tram, Docklands Light Rail, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line cable car, Thames Clippers River Bus and most Rail services in London.
Britrail, Eurail, and the Eurostar
We book point-to-point (individual journeys) in England, Scotland, and Wales, selected Irish journeys, and multiple European countries, including Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. We also book rail passes, both flexible and consecutive for Britain and Europe.
Eurostar is the fast-train connecting the UK with France and Brussels via the channel tunnel, and we can option this to get the best rates for you.
National Express Coaches (buses)
National Express is a budget-friendly way to travel in the UK, plus coaches even service most of the main airports in the UK, including Heathrow and Gatwick. Pre-book your National Express Coach Trip to avoid wasting time queuing for your ticket – you just get on and go!
Some of the islands off the UK and Europe are only accessible by ferry, such as Guernsey, Isle of Wight, Isle of Mann, and the Shetlands. We will do our best to assist you in booking your ferries.
(Note that ferries are not recommended during winter months, as the seas are stormy and routes are often cancelled at the last minute.)
(Please note: we do not issue visas and cannot assist with payments, appointments or applications. Please visit www.gov.uk for your UK visa needs. Thanks!)