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  • Series: Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 6 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741795672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
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!

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has City and Out To Eat Guides. They are all about the experience so they focus on doing, being, getting there, and this means they have the best detailed information, including both inexpensive and really spectacular restaurants and hotels, out-of-the-way places, weird things to see and do, the list is endless.

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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on July 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I will soon be traveling to England and plan to trek around the country for a week on as little money as possible. I know that Lonely Planet produces the best kind of guides for this type of traveler - that is, a cheapskate drifter like me. I'm certainly happy I picked this guide up and I'm mostly confident in the data it provides. There's a treasure trove of information on how to travel cheap, especially in terms of bus and train transport between the major cities, plus inexpensive lodging - including hostels and even YMCA's and campgrounds. The problem with this guide is a general "cooler-than-thou" attitude toward tourist areas, with a real snobbish outlook on some popular attractions. An example is the Madame Tussaud organization, as their various museums are described as boring at least twice in the book (I've been to England before and I strongly disagree). Also watch out for the general "tacky" or "dull" label for many towns that cater to tourists, which makes you wonder about Lonely Planet's motivation for including them in the guide at all. In most cities, the restaurant and club recommendations do not seem like a representative sample, but just a quick list of locations that the LP team found cool enough to visit in a short amount of time. A lingering production problem is the quality of the maps, which are mostly dim in the black-and-white format and hard to read. But despite the occasionally condescending attitude, Lonely Planet succeeds in providing a very informative guide for the penny-pinching traveler.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Maland on September 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Guidebooks tend to be hit or miss, and Lonely Planet's tend to be especially inconsistent.

I have used the Lonely Planet guides during my trips to Morocco, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and found those to be excellent. So when I recently went on a two-week trip to England, I picked up this guide and figured it'd be very handy.

For London, it is very useful; It lists the major sites with phone numbers and hours, has a reasonable guide to accomodation, and the maps are very well-done.

For anywhere outside London, I found this book to be less than useful. I went out to explore the New Forest and drive around Cornwall, and actually found the AA Road Atlas more useful for finding popular sites and information about them. Many items listed in the AA Road Atlas had side-note paragraphs in the Lonely Planet guide, but these were not indexed so were nearly impossible to find.

Also, most of the smaller towns that are interesting were not even listed in the Lonely Planet book. RE: New Forest, the only town listed was Lyndhurst and the listing was very weak; Brockenhurst was recommended to me by some British friends, and I ended up staying there, but this book didn't even list the town (though it did mention it in passing, and that mention was not in the Index). Towns like Land's End were listed, but it didn't mention that it's a horrible tourist trap, whereas the listing for Lizard didn't mention it was actually a nice idyllic little town and the activities around it. We nearly skipped Lizard in favor of Land's End, which would have been a horrible mistake!

Overall this was a very disappointing guide for anywhere outside London.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David Goodman on July 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
England must be a difficult destination for Lonely Planet to keep writing new and fresh as it sucessfuly has this last decade. England however, is not a country generaly regarded highly by main stream travelers. Yes there are some kicking cities and night life and ofcourse there is always London, hoever England is not a cheep country to visit by anymeans and it takes a lot of effort and time to thoroughly enjoy the rewards of England. For this reason the lonely planet on England is comproable to the other guides on the market. The coverage is more extensive then the Britain guide, and the London section is nearly as useful to the Lonely planet city guide. I would recommend however the Britain guide to the typical back packer, or Antipodeans comming over for a while to work, you never know when you might go to Scotland or Wales. This is however a good guide for the mid range traveler who wants to stick to the Dales and lowlands. The coverage of cities, accomadation and getting there and away sections are adequate to excelent. The authors do miss coverage that I would expect in a comprehensive guide. Many northern cities are missing as with many cotswold villages and Cornish destinations. The set up however is still better then the other guides on the market and is much more user friendly. Four Stars.
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