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Britain and Ireland: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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A Celtic cross stands against the evening sky on the Hebridean island of Iona. The monastery at Iona has long been a draw for pilgrims, past and present.
Photography by Jim Richardson
The image of Westminster Abbey reflects in the windshield of a London taxi. Experts on the capital’s road network, cabbies must all pass the Knowledge of London Examination System, commonly known as “the Knowledge.”
Photography by Annie Griffiths
The English countryside holds many pleasures. Horse and hounds were once a more common sight than they are now. Since the Hunting Act of 2004, fox hunting with dogs has been banned in England and Wales. The issue continues to be an extremely divisive one among the British public.
Photograph by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
For nearly a millennium, visitors have been traveling to Windsor Castle, which is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Although parts of it are usually open to the public, the castle may be closed for state visits and other occasions.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield

Book at the ready, an Oxford man lights up his pipe in one of the city’s pubs. Among the most famous of Oxford watering holes is the Eagle and Child, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien often met.
Photograph by Mark Harris/Getty Images
Saint Govan’s Chapel hugs the coast of southern Pembrokeshire. The tiny, 13th-century chapel can only be accessed by climbing down 52 steps from the cliff top.
Photograph by Jim Richardson
The weather is never “far away” in the Scottish Highlands. Storm clouds gather over the Old Man of Storr, a basalt rock formation on the Isle of Skye. Sightseers can reach the spectacular landscape after a mile-long walk along a well-constructed path.
Photograph by Adam Burton/Photolibrary
Surf crashes against the Giant’s Causeway on the north Antrim coast. A tourist draw since Victorian times, the Causeway is one of the top attractions of Northern Ireland.
Photograph by Jim Richardson


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“This sumptuously illustrated, greatly spirited book ushers travelers around the British Isles, from London to every other region of England, to Wales, Scotland, and Ireland (both North and South).” –Booklist 

 
“Stunning photographs…useful illustrations…the perfect book for anyone interested in learning more about the British Isles.” –Bookish Magpie blog

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206276
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 26, 2011
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On balance, this 2010 VISUAL TOUR OF THE ENCHANTED ISLES is a entertaining, informative and wonderfully-illustrated travelogue to England and Ireland. Armchair travellers will find much to enjoy in this National Geographic release.

BRITAIN & IRELAND is a pretty hefty book, topping out at 352 pages. After detailing the geography, history and development of the British Isles from ancient times to the present in two prepatory chapters, author Robin Currie takes the reader on a guided tour of Britain and Ireland starting out with London. Currie then covers Southern England, The Midlands, Northern England, Wales, Scotland, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Ireland and Dublin & Belfast. Each region/city gets a 25-30 page write-up with dozens of evocative - and often gorgeous - color photographs, illustrations and maps.

Being an Anglophile and having visited England/Ireland/Scotland several times, I really enjoyed BRITAIN & IRELAND. The combination history and travel guide approach was very appealing. I especially liked the "extra bits" Currie included in each chapter. "The Midlands" chapter, for example, included side-bars on Oxford's 5 Oldest Colleges, Cambridge Walk, Picturesque Midlands Sites, Three Historic East Anglia Wool Towns, Industrial Revolution Museums, Great Stately Homes and so on. Ya gotta love it! Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lydia on May 19, 2013
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I've now received National Geographic's next edition of, "Britain and Ireland". This is the third book by N.G. of Great Britain I have and it's as beautiful as the last two. You can't go wrong with their quality of photos, their telling of the stories behind those photos and their history telling in general. It's always a treat to open these books and discover new and interesting facts that have been revealed since the last edition. Highly recommend this edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay M on September 9, 2011
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Just as is, it's a beautiful book with the incredible photos of National Geographic. It covers the entire Britain and Ireland comprehensively, all the places that you don't want to miss when you plant to go there. It has quite extensive history of each places, makes you appreciate more when you visit there. A must read before you visit the U.K./Ireland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tops1985 on April 2, 2013
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One of the Greats books that I have purchased on Great Britain. It's more than the purchase price. I love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wright on February 18, 2013
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I have been very impressed with this book. People that come over to my place eventually pick it up and start reading it. The pictures, the way it is written, and the information it contains is alluring. You find yourself wanting to read more. Well worth getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2014
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A fantastic pictorial of Britain and Ireland. This book makes you feel like you are there. A must for those planning to visit either Ireland or Britain or a great souvenir when you get home.
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