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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598801074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598801071
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (www.ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The Rick Steves guide books are invaluable tools when travelling abroad.
Nancy A. Gomulinski
This book is one person's opinion of what is worth seeing in England; it includes *only* those things, and nothing else.
Tyler
Specifics are great: trains to take, underground stations to use, times to arrive.
SCAMPER

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Tyler on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Neither my wife nor I had been to England before, and we took this as our only guidebook. We stayed in the Southeast (near Dover), the Cotswalds, and in London over the course of a week, and this book had more than enough information and insight for our brief trip. The advice is very candid and straightforward, and I will use it again when I go back. The only caveat is probably that there is not a ton of detailed information about London (Steves has another book for London) in this book, so if that is where you'll do most of your visiting, you might want to pick up a more specific guide.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on May 6, 2007
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This book is one person's opinion of what is worth seeing in England; it includes *only* those things, and nothing else. A full 24% of the book is taken up with London. That section includes helpful bus info that most guidebooks don't include, but, oddly, not a tube map so that you can think about connections ahead of time. Also lacking is a single map of the whole of London. Instead, there is a color map in the front of the book of only the most central part of central London, and then multiple small hand-drawn maps of individual areas of London. To figure out how to get from one place to another involves putting together a number of different little maps. In addition to the partial London map, there are maps of Bath and all of England at the beginning of the book; otherwise, all the maps are small and hand-drawn, which I found annoying. As examples of what you *won't* find in this book, there is nothing at all on Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham or Exeter, just to name a few. Personally, I would prefer to pay a few dollars more for a more comprehensive guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toodles on September 25, 2009
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We have used Rick Steves Guide books for previous travel to England and it was always very helpful in regards to the basics. However, not being a total novice to England travel I was a little surprised by all the omissions. Some of the places that he barely mentioned or dedicated only a few lines to were absolutely wonderful whereas his "must see" Blenheim Palace" was a big tourist trap disappointment. It makes sense that he condenses information and has to leave a lot of things out otherwise the amount of information would cause the reader to overload or make travel appear too difficult. This book is a great guide for the person who has never traveled independently but for the more relaxed, adventurous or experienced - it is probably best to consult some other sources.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shopper on March 8, 2007
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I was a little disappointed when I received this book. I bought last year's Rick Steve's Great Britain and found that he really skipped a lot of area that I was interested in....so, I bought this one and discovered he basically followed the same path. The first 150 or so pages focus on London. If I wanted a guide on London, I would've bought one. I think Bill Bryson's humorous account (Notes From a Small Island)gave me more of a feel for England.

That said, the book gives LOADS of travel tips and insight that these books are known for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Schramm on March 16, 2009
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Typical of Rick Steves, this travel guide visits places not normally visited by the traveler. He offers advice on what to skip and what the "must sees" are. Saving money without sacrificing enjoyment or the ability to travel outside of the United States are a priority. Mr. Steves describes areas and tells you how to get there based on his personal experience not the information published by the places visited.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCAMPER on August 17, 2008
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Steves' guides are both entertaining to read and accurate. He gives great hints for travel and sights to see. I just returned from England and France, and we carried Steves' guides with us wherever we went. Specifics are great: trains to take, underground stations to use, times to arrive. Don't miss these guides for your trip!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Gomulinski on February 27, 2008
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The Rick Steves guide books are invaluable tools when travelling abroad. He gives common sense ideas on what to see, where to stay and where to eat. Would never travel to Europe without his books.
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More About the Author

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe -- and Europeans -- for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice (with more tours, including London, coming in 2010).

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 40 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 70 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website (www.ricksteves.com), European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 300 departures -- attracting around 10,000 travelers -- annually.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (working to reform marijuana laws in the USA). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.