Bed and breakfasts

The bed-and-breakfast is probably the best-known type of budget accommodation in Great Britain. These establishments are generally family-owned private homes or farmhouses. Accommodation and facilities can be simple (bedrooms may not have TV, telephones or en-suite bathrooms, for example), but the best can be quite sophisticated. Prices include breakfast – generally a traditional British fry-up, but other options are usually available as well.

A few B&Bs are reluctant to accept credit cards or travellers’ cheques, or may charge a premium for doing so. It is advisable to have some alternative method of payment, preferably cash. Any regional tourist office should be able to supply a list of local registered B&Bs on request, though they cannot make specific recommendations and may charge a fee or a commission for making bookings on your behalf. Travel websites such as serve as a good resource, as does the London Bed and Breakfast Agency.


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