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Rick Steves' England 2013 Paperback – October 2, 2012

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Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2013 Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612383890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612383897
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Taco Monster on February 11, 2013
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Rick Steve's England 2013 has impressive coverage over many topics of interest to travelers wanting more than just "to see" the country, but "to know" more of the country. In additional to extensive coverage on London, getting into town from its airports, suggested itineraries for visits of varying lengths, organizing accommodations and dining by neighborhood, throughout the book he offers insider tips that rarely make their way to guidebooks.

This book is great for those who want to escape hotel chain cookie cutter sameness.

Its impossible to cover the wide range of this well researched easy-to-use book, but here are a few samples:
... 2-pages of key tourist site summaries in London
... 15 pages of options for getting around London
... What to do on London Sunday when most things are closed
... On pubs and B&Bs which ... proprietors are chatty -- freely share local knowledge of sites, history, etc.
... 12 pages on transportation options pros/cons/saving money/surprising tips. Eg: if renting a car, how to get traffic alerts on your car radio just like locals, surprising CDW pitfalls
... 9 pages on communication, nearly free And pricey area codes, etc.
... discounts available from some eating and sleeping locations by mention of the book
... the features could go on and on, on the whole very helpful.
... useful packing list for international travel
... local holidays

Geographically, this book covers the many popular tourist interests extensively, although it does not reach every corner of England.

What's there -- major inclusions:
.London
.Bath and nearby
.Blackpool
.Brighton and nearby
.Cantebury
.Cotswolds, The
.Cornwall
.Dartmoor
.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GShaw on January 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
There are several things I really like about this book:

1. Ratings on things to see. This is very helpful for first time travelers.
2. It is organized so that you can choose how much detail you want to get into about various places.
3. The travel tips are great, i.e. the ATM's and currency exchanges.
4. They recommend you get maps of all the places you want to visit, but the 'hand drawn' maps in the book are good. It might be easier to just use the book and forget carrying around a lot of extra stuff.

I am planning on visiting next year and hoping that the cost of travel will come down. If not, the book is a wonderful resource and a great way to learn about a fascinating country....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margo on June 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have Rick's London, Paris, , France and England guides, and I endorse all of them with enthusiasm. On my first trip, to London and Paris, I was able to get around, get fed, and get nicely boarded all by myself with only Tube, Metro and Steve's guides. I'm a senior so that's saying something! In each of the books, which is sectioned by area, you get the background and history, points to see in order of (his experienced) preference, accommodations and restaurant suggestions. And all the stuff mentioned by others, such as currency exchange, weather, tipping, and the like.

In this guide, he hits all of England by geographical sectioning. He'll take a city, like York, and cover it in detail and then add things to see in the surrounding area. It's important to know that trains don't go everywhere and even some sights are unreachable by car. Because I do travel alone, or take an independent tour, I was worried about traveling to places outside the big cities. But Steves steers you in the right direction whether you are a single, family with kids, senior, well travelled, or first-timer. I find his books indispensable and have never found another set of guide books so easy to follow and so informative. The maps are detailed and big enough to see without a magnifying glass. I especially like the historical and cultural sections for each area of England. He tells you about the touristy draws but then goes on to give you other, and some more interesting, things to see/do. There is also a guide book for Great Britain that includes Scotland and Ireland.

I have used his books for three trips to my favorite country, and I wouldn't travel without them! For trips two and three, I left all the maps and supplemental guides at home. Four weeks and one and a half suitcases. Thanks, Rick!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Queenanne on March 28, 2013
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Rick Steves' England is a thoroughly detailed yet easy to read guide to traveling through England. There is great information regarding everything from how to handle your finances to just what-the-heck-is-that on your gastro-pub plate. The book is presented in geographical sections and while one of the towns we plan to visit later this year wasn't included, I can forgive as the rest of the area is very well covered. In short, I'd be thrilled to look up from my mushy peas and see Rick striding across the pub floor to our table - I won't give up hope, either (but I may give up on the peas).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LilGuy on May 7, 2013
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Part of our England trip will have several days at the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately Mr. Steeves seems to have never set foot there. I was disappointed. There is very little info. The other part of our trip Rick Steeve's has decent info on, Bath. If you are interested in the Isle of Wight I suggest Lonely Planet's guide or better yet the The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. Rick does draw some nice maps on places that he has visited so it is not all bad. Please take the Isle of Wight out of your index and table of contents Mr. Steves. That would be a bit more honest and people won't spend money on your book without the info on this destination. Hopefully your editor or a staff member will read this review.
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