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A good overview for a large area

  • Jul 21, 2010
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Someone once wrote, perhaps joking, that if you wanted to have a great time on vacation, look up all the places Lonely Planet recommended and DON'T go there. I think the idea was that so many tourists rely on Lonely Planet guides that the LP recommendations would result in massive throngs of visitors.

All joking aside, I do like the Lonely Planet guides for their straight-talk on what is good and what is not about locations around the world. This latest edition of their Great Britain book is very readable, with colored page tabs, lots of photographs, maps and descriptions of places to stay, things to see, where to eat and more. I will be traveling to London later this year and will be keeping this book's advice in mind.

There are some downsides, though. Because this guide covers all of Great Britain, it doesn't say a lot about any one area. If you will be traveling through much of the region, then this particular book might make a lot of sense, but if you would be visiting only London, say, I agree with another reviewer who said that buying a book specific to London would be more practical.

The Great Britain book is also heavy - so much so that I can't see taking it with me on a trip. Sadly, this is typical for travel guides, no matter who publishes them. So they're good for reading up on things before you leave, not so good for keeping in your pocket while there.

One feature I did like was where they had locals from some of the popular attractions (British Museum, for example), explain what they thought you should see and do while visiting.

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September 20, 2010
Great review! It is unfortunate that travel guides, such as this one, are so heavy! My mom would always tear out and throw away pages once we left a region or the end the guide was always just about the right weight:) Thanks for sharing.
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review by . July 01, 2010
Lonely Planet's Great Britain travel guide begins with a list of 25 top experiences, top itineraries, and information for planning your vacation. Great Britain is then divided into chapters covering London, Southern England, Central England, Northern England, Wales, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Scotland's Highlands & Islands travel regions, each containing color maps, highlights, itineraries, colorful images, and venue details. The travel guide ends with historical and cultural information, travel directories, …
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Experience The Best of Great Britain
Make the most of your trip abroad – Lonely Planet’sfull colorDiscover guides highlight the best a country has to offer while still providing an authentic and memorable experience.

Full Color Throughout
Full of color images and maps – makes planning as inspiring as the journey itself
Color-coded navigation

Easy-To-Use Structure
Easy-to-use tools include: color-coded chapters, color thumb tabs, dynamic color spreads on major highlights and
Easy-to-read planning sections throughout

Special front-of-book chapter on the top 25 can’t-miss experiences
Features the must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences
Focuses on key cities and regions

Country-wide itineraries take you step by step though the country – broken out by interest, theme and length of trip
Region-specific itineraries help you plan more deeply for the regions you are most interested in

Local Experts
Major attractions include insights from local experts on what not to miss
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ISBN-10: 1741799937
ISBN-13: 978-1741799934
Author: Oliver Berry
Publisher: Lonely Planet

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