Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle was a filming location for the British award-winning period drama 'Downton Abbey.'

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En español | Remember the days when a taxi from Heathrow Airport to central London could wipe out your entire souvenir budget? You can tuck that memory in your scrapbook — for now — because the 2016 Brexit vote has made the U.S. dollar unusually favorable against the British pound.

According to VisitBritain, Great Britain's national tourism agency, Britain was 13 percent cheaper for visitors from the U.S. at the end of February 2017 than it was at the same time in 2016. In mid-March, for example, $1 was worth £0.81; last June it fetched you only £0.68. That means seeing The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre would have cost Americans $62 last June but will set us back just $51.60 today.

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"With the weakness of sterling," says VisitBritain director Patricia Yates, "it's a great time to reacquaint yourself with Britain — whether you like playing golf, drinking whiskey or want to see the houses from Downton Abbey."

If you need a reason beyond bargains to celebrate, head across the Atlantic for the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, the 125th anniversary of Sherlock Holmes or the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Whatever your tourism palette — highbrow or low, theater or arena, city or country — the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is quite a deal.

No one can say how long these far-side-of-the-pond bargains will last, so we've found some fun ways to check out newly affordable Britain. Download an app (such as the XE Currency App) to calculate exchange rates on the fly, then pack your bags and catch these deals before they can say "cheerio!"

Eat and travel like a queen

Can a four-hour, 17-course meal be deemed a bargain? You decide: About 30 miles west of London, the Fat Duck in Bray — one of only four restaurants in the British Isles with three Michelin stars — offers "The Itinerary," a £265-per-person dining experience from chef Heston Blumenthal. Sometimes compared to Willy Wonka for his quirky dishes, the chef presents courses such as "The Sound of the Sea," a plate of seafood next to a large shell, from which an iPod pipes ocean sounds.

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If you prefer to dine on wheels, the Belmond British Pullman offers multiday train journeys, as well as shorter trips that include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, starting at £225. The Royal Scotsman — a bucket list train ride for railfans worldwide — streaks across breathtaking Scottish landscapes for all-inclusive excursions starting at about £970.

Stay in a lighthouse — or a 'dragon's eye'

The bargains extend well beyond London and its environs, of course. To channel your inner lighthouse keeper, head way north of Scotland to the Shetland Islands, where you can hole up at one of three lightkeeper cottages; the one on the island of Bressay, for example, goes for about £550 per week.

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Or check out Epic Retreat's unique pop-up "glamping" (glamorous camping) structures across Wales this summer; a different Welsh legend inspired each one. The Dragon's Eye, for example, is a stainless-steel pod with a rotating bed and stunning views — through the "eye" — of the surrounding wilds. A three-night weekend stay (replete with campfire, dinner and entertainment) is £795.