The Low Down on British Currency

Currency:

pound sterling

Currency code:

GBP

Central Bank:

Bank of England

Currency symbol:

£ (pound)

Currency sub unit:

p (penny, pence)

Nicknames:

Quid

Bank notes:

£5, £10, £20, £50

Coins:

1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2




The British Pounds is the 4th most traded currency in the world. It was first circulated in it's current decimal form in 1968.



The most commonly used bills for British Pounds are the £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100 notes. The most commonly used coins are the .01, .02, .05, .10, .20, .50, £1 and £2.



What to spend your pounds on:

  • *

    Entry to Westminster Abbey

    20 Pounds *

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    Pint of beer

    4 Pounds *

  • *

    Fish and chips

    5 Pounds *

  • *

    Postcard and a stamp

    1.5 Pounds *

  • *

    3-mile taxi ride

    15 Pounds *

How many pounds will I need?**

Please select your budget above.


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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
  • * nights


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Must-sees in England

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  • Brighton
  • Just 90 minutes from London, Brighton is a great little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the capital. It's a great little day trip and the chalk cliffs are a great photo-op.
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  • Cotswolds
  • The Cotswolds are an area of rolling hills and quaint villages tucked away in the middle of England that are great for exploring and are full of places quintessentially British.
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  • Oxford
  • If you're feeling particularly erudite, Oxford is another great day trip from London where you can explore one of the oldest institutions of higher learning (and the setting for many scenes in the Harry Potter movies).

Buying British pounds online is easy

Order British pounds online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy British pounds’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your British punds for your trip to the UK.

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Travelling to the UK in the Future?

Travelling to the UK in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the British pound matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

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All good except there was only one form…

All good except there was only one form of notes all $100 items. No smaller notes and no option to chose smaller notes

marella harris

No issues

No issues. Good customer service.

Sarah

Sanjin

Sanjin, was excellent and had great customer service and very/extremely friendly

Karlee Elisabeth Sindermann

so easy and efficient

so easy and efficient

KATHRYN ELIZABETH STEWART

Simple and easy

Simple and easy. I was able to organise this out of hours, and have it ready for collection when I was able to get in.

Trevar Alan Chilver

Belmont office even change larger nots…

Belmont office even change larger nots to smaller notes due to her experience of where we are going. Great knowledge.

Ian Lucas

Great site to organize foreign currency

Great site to organize foreign currency

Murray William Turnham

Convenient and competitive rates

Convenient and competitive rates

James Matthew Murray

Nice and easy

Nice, easy online purchase of foreign currency for holiday money. Paid by Bpay, picked up the holiday money a few days later from the local shopfront. Easy!

Fraser

fast and good rate

fast and good rate

Alfred gao

Great service.

Great service.

Kevin Leyden

This is the 3rd time I have used…

This is the 3rd time I have used Travelex. Very easy to use, good exchange rates and easily contactable if you have any trouble. Highly recommend.

L McCLOUD

Staff member Michelle was great

Staff member Michelle was great. Kiosk is in a very noisy area though and it was very difficult to hear her.

CES

Excellent and very fast online and face…

Excellent and very fast online and face to face customer service. Exchange rate better than major banks. Recommended if you need cash and don’t have an international bank account.

Paul M

No problems

Best rate I could find, quick, easy, the staff at pick were lovely and helpful

ERC

*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.