• Peter Berthoud

Round Britain

Updated: Oct 24

Round Britain, The Road Safety Game, Successor to Belisha, A Pepys Game


First Published: 1955, A Pepys Game, Castell Brothers Ltd., St.Cross Street, London

Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited


Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet


Round Britain Box Front With Title Card
Round Britain Box Front With Title Card

There are 4 suits of 8 cards each. Each set is grouped according to their distance from London. There are also 6 Good Road Behaviour cards, 5 Bad Road Behaviour cards plus 1 Joker, a map of all the locations outside London.



Round Britain Joker card: Map showing locations of featured places outside London
Round Britain Joker card: Map showing locations of featured places outside London


Round Britain cards: Black Numbers, in or around London  - Buckingham Palace, Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Entrance to The Tower of London, The Tower Bridge, Wembley Stadium, London Airport, Windsor Castle.

Round Britain cards: Black Numbers, in or around London - Buckingham Palace, Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Entrance to The Tower of London, The Tower Bridge, Wembley Stadium, London Airport, Windsor Castle.


Round Britain cards:Green Numbers, 25-100 Miles From London - Henley: The Regatta, Magdalen Tower: Oxford, Silverstone: Grand Prix Race, Portsmouth: H.M.S. Victory, Dover Castle, Stonehenge, The Rufus Stone in the New Forest, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre: Stratford-Upon-Avon, 

Round Britain cards: Green Numbers, 25-100 Miles From London - Henley: The Regatta, Magdalen Tower: Oxford, Silverstone: Grand Prix Race, Portsmouth: H.M.S. Victory, Dover Castle, Stonehenge, The Rufus Stone in the New Forest, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre: Stratford-Upon-Avon, 

Round Britain cards:Red Numbers, 200-250 miles from London - Kenilworth Castle, Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge, Chatsworth: Derbyshire, Widnes Transporter Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, Entrance to Mersey Tunnel: Liverpool, York Minster, Blackpool Tower, King Arthur's Castle: Tintagel, Cornwall. 

Round Britain cards: Red Numbers, 200-250 miles from London - Kenilworth Castle, Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge, Chatsworth: Derbyshire, Widnes Transporter Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, Entrance to Mersey Tunnel: Liverpool, York Minster, Blackpool Tower, King Arthur's Castle: Tintagel, Cornwall


Round Britain cards: White Numbers, Over 250 miles from London - Caernarvon Castle, The Great Rail Junction: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Lake District: Ashness Bridge and Derwent Water, The Blacksmith's Shop: Gretna Green*, Edinburgh Castle, The Forth Bridge, The Launch of the Queen Mary at Clydebank, Loch Lomond. 

Round Britain cards: White Numbers, Over 250 miles from London - Caernarvon Castle, The Great Rail Junction: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Lake District: Ashness Bridge and Derwent Water, The Blacksmith's Shop: Gretna Green*, Edinburgh Castle, The Forth Bridge, The Launch of the Queen Mary at Clydebank, Loch Lomond. 


Round Britain cards: Bad Behaviour: Chasing into the road past a parked lorry, Not using the Zebra, Chasing his ball into the road without looking carefully, Forgetting that cars must be given time to slow down, Not keeping their dog under control. Good Behaviour:  Giving a clear signal in plenty of time, Before crossing - Stop! Look! Think!, Riding in single file - never cycle two abreast in busy traffic

Round Britain cards: Bad Behaviour: Chasing into the road past a parked lorry, Not using the Zebra, Chasing his ball into the road without looking carefully, Forgetting that cars must be given time to slow down, Not keeping their dog under control. Good Behaviour: Giving a clear signal in plenty of time, Before crossing - Stop! Look! Think!, Riding in single file - never cycle two abreast in busy traffic


Round Britain cards: Good Behaviour: Walking on the right of the road facing traffic, Crossing after the policeman has told them to cross, Crossing a country road when it is clear.

Round Britain cards: Good Behaviour: Walking on the right of the road facing traffic, Crossing after the policeman has told them to cross, Crossing a country road when it is clear.



Round Britain was published as the "successor to Belisha". The game has more to do with road safety than its predecessor and was approved by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).


On the back of the rules are "some interesting notes on some of the cards". One of these, Red No 1 is incorrect. Rex Pitts noted that in later printings the mistake had been removed. It took me a while to find a corrected version, in a pack with an envelope base, so the mistaken one must have been in circulation for quite some time. The rules variants that I found en route are below.



Game & Version Details




Round Britain - Card Back



Round Britain - Rules Front



Round Britain - Rules Back


In the notes, Red 1 reads: "Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and beheaded at Kenilworth Castle in 1587."



Round Britain - Rules Variant



​​Round Britain - Rules Variant



​​Round Britain - Rules Variant with Corrected Notes


In the notes, Red 1 has been removed. The actual place of Mary Queen of Scots trial and 1587 execution was Fotheringhay Castle in Northants.



Round Britain - Box Back



Round Britain - Box Top



Round Britain - Box Side Left


Round Britain - Box Base



Round Britain - Variant Box Base


Envelope style, later base



Round Britain - Box Side Right



Round Britain ​- Box Back With Flap