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, and transportation details.
Having visited London, I thought reviewing Lonely Planet's travel guide to Great Britain would be bring back memories while showing other areas I didn't get a chance to see. What I noticed, however, is what's missing. London, Manchester, and Brighton, according to the directory", has flourishing gay scenes." Who could tell from the measly mention of London's gay pride parade? Fortunately, the directory offered web sites and local publications to help fill in the missing information.
The more common tourist spots and popular venues are listed, grouped into categories. Venue details include, where available, hours of operation, website URL, phone number, rates/fees, map page number, and more. Along with the venue details, travel tips and an events calendar provide the information needed to plan a vacation. Enticing color images make for a pleasing read, while providing inspiration. The itineraries and highlights in each chapter can make trip planning simple, or one could customize their own itinerary from the venue listings and maps.
Even though I found the Discover Great Britain Lonely Planet Travel Guide to be incomplete in some areas, this book is an excellent option for learning about and planning a travel experience. Most hot spots are covered, and the cultural and event calendar information along with directories will guide your plans and expectations.
PROS: Enticing color images Detailed venue information Ready made travel itineraries
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 … 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