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"A fully updated guide to America's top European tourist destination includes looks at the new Millennium Dome, a tour of the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art, as well as full coverage of the Lake District, Stonehenge, and more." —Paper Clips --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A fully updated guide to America's top European tourist destination includes looks at the new Millennium Dome, a tour of the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art, as well as full coverage of the Lake District, Stonehenge, and more." —Paper Clips --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 58)
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Frommer's; Revised edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764568965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764568961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,756,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on February 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I took two country guides with me to England: Fodor's and Frommer's (see my review on Fodor's). Frommer's is my first choice for England, and here is why. The authors, Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince, have done their homework and have given visitors to England a very good guide. Their succinct section "The Best of England" points out, in 16 subject areas (The Best Cathedrals, Best Gardens, Best Pubs etc.), important areas that every tourist should be aware of.
Frommer's very informative 60 page section "Planning Your Trip to England" is a quick and important read. The guide's strongest section is `London', top rate and excellent. Porter & Prince are also the author's of the recommended guide: "Frommer's London 2003". The `London' section in this book has been taken from that guide.
Frommer's publications tend to be for the more affluent travelers but they do offer more help for those hoping to find "inexpensive" lodging (less than $100 a night) in England. Their "Very Expensive" range is unusually $400-$1000 per night, sometimes more. However, all of their recommendations are reliable and their description is very good.
Unlike, Fodor's, they make life a bit easier by giving you the actual cost of accommodations and restaurant in both British pounds and dollars. Almost all of the hotels have website listing and seeing your accommodations in color via the web is a major help.
However, this is not true for the restaurant listings, even though now many of the top restaurants have their own websites with vivid photos and menus -- I found no addresses listed.
A guide book worth its salt has to guide you with quality maps. The few maps that Frommer's uses are graphically laid-out with restaurants and accommodations numerically located on each map.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
As always, an excellent Frommer's guide. I love Frommer's guides and won't travel without them. I prefer them to Fodor's because they actually make recommendations for sights, hotels, and restaurants, rather than just providing a comprehensive list that the traveller must sort through on his/her own. Frommer's provides the best combination of tourist destinations, hotels, and restaurants in one book that I have found. Numerous options in different price categories for hotels are clearly listed, (although be aware that this book is not for the "shoestring" traveler). Headings, key information, & phone numbers are in red, so they stand out in the text, making it easy to quickly reference.
As always, the book is well organized and concise with numerous helpful hints. When I am on the road, I don't want to wade through 2 pages of "color" and "history" to find the key points about a city. The approach is to help you pick sights to visit, not to provide a detailed explanation or tour of the site once you get there. This is also not a book of color pictures and drawings. Such books may be wonderful in one's living room curled up by the fire (DK/Insight Guides), but I find them altogether unuseable on the road.
Although comprehensive, Frommer's does not list every sight, no matter how obscure, an approach I greatly prefer. If you want to know every small museum and pile of stone ruins that may exist, get the Michelin Green Guide. If you only want a limited handful of sights with detailed local color get Rick Steves. However, if you want a concise list of all the major sights, clearly rated, so you can plan an excellent trip on your own in any location, get Frommer's.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Bergeson on February 2, 2003
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Of all the travel books I purchased for my first trip to England, the Frommer's edition is the one I used and kept after my trip. It is comprehensive, detailed, and gives good advice. It had all the attractions I wanted to visit and more. They also have a great website as a reference tool.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on September 17, 2005
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You're going to LOVE BRITAIN! I've spent a year in England and have made >30 visits all together.

Here are my reviews of the best guides....to meet you r exact needs.....I hope these are helpful and that you have a great visit! I always gauge the quality of my visit by how much I remember a year later......this review is designed to help you get the guide that will be sure YOU remember your trip many years into the future. Travel Safe and enjoy yourself to the max!

Frommer's

These are time tested guides that pride themselves on being updated annually. Although I think the guides below provide information that is in more depth or more concise (depending on what the guide is known for), if your main concern is that the guide has very little old or outdated information, then this would be a good guide for you.

Rick Steves' books are not recommended. They may be an interesting read but their helpfulness is very poor. They don't do well on updates, transportation details, or anything but the first-time-tourist routine and even that is somewhat superficial on anything but the mega-major sites.

Fodor's

Fodor's is the best selling guide among Americans. They have a bewildering array of different guides. Here's which is what:

The Gold Guide is the main book with good reviews of everything and lots of tours, walks, and just about everything else you could think of. It's not called the Gold guide for nothing though....it assumes you have money and are willing to spend it.

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