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.
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, … more
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
Highlights 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
Itineraries 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