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17 Mistakes Every Tourist Makes When They Visit The UK

Please stop paying loads for fish and chips!

1. Tourists often only visit London or presume the rest of the country is just like London.

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The rest of the UK is a lot more chilled out and green than London and it's definitely less expensive, you should visit!

2. They pay too much for fish and chips.

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Some tourists will pay over £10 for fish and chips! Ten whole pounds! They're probably getting fancy fish and chips that are served "deconstructed" and are good for you. Good fish and chips are as cheap and greasy as possible.

3. They refer to Birmingham as Bur-ming-HAM.

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Brummies have always had to put up with American celebs saying "How are you Burming-ham?" at gigs, when it's actually pronounced "Burminhum".

4. Or Edinburgh as Edin-burg.

i was watching something the other day and the woman pronounced edinburgh as "edin-berg." no, that's wrong. very wrong.

This is self explanatory.

5. Speaking of Edinburgh, tourists should really stop taking photos outside of the phone shop.

My favourite thing about Edinburgh is when tourists take pictures in front of the photo of the castle on the wall of the vodafone shop when the actual castle is right across the road

C'mon guys!

6. A lot of the time tourists don't even bother to visit the beauty that is Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

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There's are whole other countries in the UK that you're missing out on!

7. They think everywhere is quaint.

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Tourists think that every street in Britain has cobbles and is lined with thatched cottages. There's a lot more grey terraced housing and corner shops than they think.

8. And that our lives are like Midsomer Murders.


Okay so maybe they don't think the murder part but tourists definitely think that we all play cricket and garden all day.

9. They think that we eat a full English breakfast every day.

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That would just be...a lot. Delicious, but so very filling.

10. And that we actually eat afternoon tea frequently.

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Afternoon teas are things that we take our mums to on their birthdays and then regret spending that much money and not looking online for a voucher. They're nice but not a common occurrence.

11. They presume that we all speak like the Queen.


None of us really speak that level of proper English.

12. Or that we speak like Danny Dyer.

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There aren't only two accents in the UK, the Queen's English or cockney. There's actually tonnes of accents.

13. They make the mistake of shopping on Oxford Street.

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Oxford Circus at peak times is actual hell on earth and no one decides to do their shopping there, just get it online it has the same stuff!

14. For some reason, tourists on Oxford Circus walk 10x slower than everyone else.

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I understand that they're taking in the views but there should be a designated slow lane for slow walkers.

15. At Christmas time this gets even worse.

Dear Tourists Yes the lights in Oxford Street look nice. All I ask is that you stand to one side when taking pictures. Thanks Eveyone

16. Tourists tend to feed the birds.

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This is a nice gesture but the pigeons here don't need feeding and their habits do not need to be encouraged.

17. Most of all they expect the UK to at least be nice in the summer.


Never, ever, come to the UK and expect there to be nice weather. The weather knows what you want and will always do the opposite.

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