British Pounds Exchange Rate

Whether you are going sightseeing in London or exploring the gorgeous Scottish countryside, Travelex has the perfect travel money solution for you. Buy British Pounds (£) online, or load them onto a new or exisiting MasterCard Cash Passport™. 

Buy British Pounds 

 With Travelex, we make it easy to purchase English Pounds. At the touch of a button you can buy British Pounds online and have them delivered directly to your front door, with next day delivery available. Alternatively, you can order online and collect them from your nearest Travelex store. It’s that simple.

About the British Pound

The British Pound, officially named Pound sterling, is commonly represented by its currency code (GBP) and in its symbol form (£). Official users* of the British Pound include:

  • United Kingdom – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Saint Helena and Ascension
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Tristan da Cunha


*Some users use alternative currencies alongside the GBP, and may have a localized version of the currency.


Each British Pound is made up of 100 pennies (pence pieces). Coins are minted in £2, £1, fifty-pence, twenty-pence, ten-pence, five-pence, two-pence, and one-penny; while banknotes are issued in £50, £20, £10 and £5.

When traveling throughout Britain, you may notice a few nicknames being used for the British Pound. Some of the most popular are “quid” and “sterling”, although you may hear people referring to the £5 note as a “fiver” and the £10 note as a “tenner” (1).

About the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is made up of four areas: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you want to explore the UK, the capital cities are a good place to start:

  • England - London
  • Wales - Cardiff
  • Scotland - Edinburgh
  • Northern Ireland - Belfast


Of course, there are plenty of other beautiful places to visit in the UK. Historic university towns Oxford and Cambridge are decorated with beautiful aged buildings and cobbled streets, and other cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds have much to offer to tourists.

Why Buy British Pounds from Travelex?

Travelex is the world’s largest retail foreign exchange specialist. In fact, you can find us in over 800 locations worldwide, meaning we’re always around when you need us the most.

Travelex is committed to offering the best possible overall price in the United States on your travel money purchase. We will not be undersold online on our Travelex US website. If you do find a better price offered by another foreign currency retailer online, we will refund the difference between the price paid by you and the more competitive price in accordance with our Price Promise Terms and Conditions


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