The Low Down on British Currency


pound sterling

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Bank of England

Currency symbol:

£ (pound)

Currency sub unit:

p (penny, pence)



Bank notes:

£5, £10, £20, £50


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:

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    Entry to Westminster Abbey

    20 Pounds *

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    Pint of beer

    4 Pounds *

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    Fish and chips

    5 Pounds *

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    Postcard and a stamp

    1.5 Pounds *

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    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
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Must-sees in England

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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®

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So easy & convenient

So easy & convenient, we use the Miranda office as our pick up point. Pleasant & efficient staff.


Good service

Good service and easy to,follow directions . Good competitive exchange rates. I would recommend this service to anyone

Danielle Thompson

As always Travelex makes buying foreign…

As always Travelex makes buying foreign currecny a pleasure Good cuctomer service all round

Happy Traveller

Simple and efficient!

It was simple, quick and efficient. I ordered online and picked it up at my local Travelex store. Couldn't have been easier.


USD purchased online and collected from local,Post Office

The currency was available on time and was in a good range of note sizes which I really appreciated

Robyn Susan Isaacson

Competitive rates and delivery right to…

Competitive rates and delivery right to my door. Highly recommend.


Good customer service

I was happy with the transfer rate and I found buying Euro to be a straightforward experience. I called to find out whether it would be more cost effective to order currency online or in-store and the customer service rep was friendly and helpful.

Naomi Johnston

Good over the internet

Good over the internet. I would not use walk up or definitely not use airports.


Positive experience all around

I've been ordering foreign currency through Travelex when I travel overseas. They have an option to order ahead and pick up at the airport, which I find very convenient. The only thing I hope they will do is to lower the minimum order requirement (AUD 500) which I think is too high for short trips.

Akin Budi

Great way to organise foreign currency

I have always found when I go overseas that this is the best way for me to get foreign currency. Staff are obliging when I collect and I find this both easy and stress free. I have used Travelex this time for a debit card and with the app it is a great way to carry money securely


Good and quick

Good and quick

Lorenzo Meschiari

I wanted to purchase 2 different…

I wanted to purchase 2 different currencies and on line l had to do 2 different requests would be better if l could have done it once not twice

Jennie Robinson

An easy process.

Got the foreign currency I required without a problem.

Conrad Jansen

Was a line up that held me up for about…

Was a line up that held me up for about a half an hour


Ideal system

A very easy process to order on line with prompt pickup from nominated source.

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*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.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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.