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11. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1193 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>if dollars are generally accepted everywhere.

Of course dollars aren't accepted, whether they are USA, Canadian, Australian or any other dollar.. The pound sterling...GBP ..is the only legal currency of all 4 countries which make up the UK.

>it is easy to exchange money in big and small cities

You can exchange most (though not all) currencies in banks and in some larger post offices. Larger towns and cities may also have currency exchange offices.

>just one or two large shops (Marks & Spencer?)

That would be only a very few Marks & Spencer shops in Central London (and possibly Edinburgh). Euros are only accepted in a very, very few tourist-focused places in very, very tourist-focused locations.

>the Bank of Scotland issues its own banknotes; they have exactly the same value as Bank of England notes and should be accepted anywhere in the UK

Scottish notes should, in theory, be accepted but, very often, they are refused outside Scotland. Why? Simply because they cannot be checked for counterfeit notes in the same way as English notes can be. Customers do not have an absolute right to buy anything from a UK shop. The shopkeeper has the absolute right to refuse your custom at any time, for anything.....so you cannot insist he/she accepts a Scottish banknote.

I'd advise you to get rid of any Scottish notes before you move very far from the Scottish/English border, either by using them or by going into an English bank and asking to exchange them.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Feb-2019, at 11:31 by leics2 ]

12. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1910 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

You might be able to use the Euro in just one or two large shops (Marks & Spencer?)

Nope, I very much doubt that.

Your ATM advice is the best idea, I think.

It's also worth knowing that the Bank of Scotland issues its own banknotes

There are three banks of issue in Scotland, so you may get Clydesdale, Bank of Scotland, or Royal Bank of Scotland notes. (And Northern Ireland has four!)

13. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1193 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

> I very much doubt that.

There are a few large shops in Central London which will accept euro, Andy ...including Selfridges and Harrods, which also accept USD...but they are a very, very tiny minority.

As for ATMs most accept Mastercard, Visa and Cirrus/Maestro. It's best to avoid using ATMs which are not attached to a bank or major supermarket. That type of ATM (sometimes in petrol stations, for example) will often levy an extra charge per transaction, though this is made very clear before the transaction is made.

The best advice is to only use bank ATMs and only when that bank is open. If your card is 'swallowed' by the machine it's easy to sort out.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Feb-2019, at 11:41 by leics2 ]

14. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1453 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Borisborough

You might be able to use the Euro in just one or two large shops (Marks & Spencer?)

Nope, I very much doubt that.

The Grimsby branch (and probably the Skegness branch too) of Marks & Sparks accepts Euros (well, it did in December 2018) and all clothes are priced in both GBP and EUR. Admittedly Grimsby isn't in Scotland or Wales but ...

15. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1193 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Item showing prices in GBP & euro have been commonplace for quite a while (e.g. Primark, H&M etc etc) That in itself does not mean the store accepts euro.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Feb-2019, at 11:45 by leics2 ]

16. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1910 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Customers do not have the right to buy anything from a UK shop. A shopkeeper has the absolute right to refuse your custom at any time, for anything so you cannot insist he/she accepts a Scottish banknote.

Technically yes. I travel between Scotland and England a lot, and while I often encounter young servers who are unfamiliar with Scottish notes, they've always referred to a supervisor and I've never yet failed to be served.

I've known many people be nervous about taking Scottish notes home - I always offer to swap them as I am very happy educating retail staff in Scottish culture. :)

17. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1193 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It all depends where you try to use them. I've certainly been refused (and have seen others refused) locally as well as in smaller shops elsewhere. No biggie for me but if I were just visiting the UK I'd think it best to get rid before leaving the area around the Scottish/English border. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Feb-2019, at 11:57 by leics2 ]

18. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1453 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Item showing prices in GBP & euro have been commonplace for quite a while (e.g. Primark, H&M etc etc) That in itself does not mean the store accepts euro.

Marks & Sparks in Grimsby accepted payment in Euros at one particular time on one particular day in December 2018, I bought a tie and paid for it with a ten Euro note and the shop assistant didn't bat an eyelid.

19. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1193 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I was just pointing out that labelling in GBP and euro is pretty common here and in itself does not automatically indicate that euro are accepted in a store. I wasn't gainsaying your experience in Grimsby. :-)

I should also point out that a) paying in euro in UK shops is likely to give a poorer exchange rate and b) it is likely that any shop which accepts euro will only accept euro notes.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Feb-2019, at 13:28 by leics2 ]

20. Posted by DaisyWhite (Budding Member 14 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everybody for your useful tips¬°¬°