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Last updated : Nov 2009
Northern Ireland Currency
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Pound (£) = 100 pence. Notes are in £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks are legal tender in all parts of the UK. Coins are in £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

Currency exchange

Money can be exchanged in all banks and exchange bureaux. Some hotels will also change money, but Thomas Cook and banks give the best rate of exchange. Cash can be obtained from ATMs available across the country.

Credit & debit cards in Northern Ireland

Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of acceptability and other services, which may be available.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. To avoid exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Pounds Sterling.

Exchange rate indicators

The following are included as a guide to the movements of Sterling against the US Dollar:
Date Nov '07
Banking hours

Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00. In small villages, the bank may open 2 or 3 days a week.


For travelling around and staying at small hotels, cash is recommended. Elsewhere, as in Northern Ireland, cheques backed by a banker’s card are accepted.
Thomas Cook, 11 Donegal Place, Belfast BT1 (telephone: (028) 9088 3900) is open Mon-Sat 09:00-17:30.
Useful travel links
AMEX Travellers Cheques information on Amex travellers cheques
Oanda International currency and foreign exchange services
Travellers Cheques Visa information on Visa travellers cheques
Universal Currency Converter online foreign exchange and currency
VISA ATM Locator location of any ATM that accepts VISA cards