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UK Guide Books

A guide book is always useful when travelling. They will contain a variety of useful information such as currency, places to eat and accommodation.

For many, a guide book will give advice on the best things to see and do and what they can expect from a tourist attraction. The best guide books will give a frank and honest opinion of popular tourist attractions, possibly with reviews from other tourists. This can be a helpful alternative to the positive marketing supplied by the tourist attractions themselves.

You will find guide books that cover the whole country or regional guides.

England (Lonely Planet Country Guide)


The Rough Guide books are one of the most popular and well respected in the genre. The latest addition has caused some controversy after the authors claimed that "England is a nation of overweight, binge-drinking reality TV addicts". This is no sugar coated guide book!

Lonely planet is another best selling brand of guide books. Renowned for their honesty in describing places and service, this brand is popular with travellers across the globe.

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Great Britain (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)


The eyewitness guide books are excellent if you want a visual guide to the place you are visiting. If you want a visual confirmation of the sights you are seeing then this is a good book for you. A picture can tell a thousand words and this book is very useful for using visual information to help you decide where you want to visit.

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Fodor's England 2009


Fodor offer a guide book which gives advice for travellers on a variety of budgets, interests and tastes. This US published book aims to give you enough information so that 'you' can make the choices about how to plan your holiday.

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Frommer's England 2009


Frommer’s guide book is compiled using advice from more than 175 outspoken travellers. This book is updated every year so make sure you buy the latest version. It contains, maps, itineraries, and guides to not only the well known attractions but also the hidden gems.

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Britain and Ireland: 25 Ultimate Experiences


From the Rough Guide family, this book is for those who really want to experience life in the UK. This book lists a range of experiences from watching a football match at Old Trafford to absorbing the history at Canterbury Cathedral.

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"Time Out" London for Visitors Guide 2008/9


A guide to eating, shopping and exploring in London. The Time Out magazine is read by thousands of Londoners who want to know what is going on in the capital city. It therefore makes sense that their guide book will offer excellent advice on the best places to eat, shop or explore in relation to your budget.

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The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain


This book lists 1000 of the most amazing places in Britain according to a team of experienced travel writers. This is not a list of the most visited but a guide to the most interesting and diverse places that Britain has to offer. These range from castles and stately homes to power stations, natural wonders and even a water tower.

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The Michelin guide lists 4,500 hotels and restaurants to suit all budgets. This book is Europe’s best known hotel and restaurant guide and Michelin are of course famous for the stars that they award to the best restaurants. If you like your food, then this is an essential guide to finding the best cuisine in the UK.

Notes from a Small Island


Notes from a small island is not a guide book but does give a humorous insight into the lives of the British. American writer Bill Bryson documents his travels throughout the UK with interesting anecdotes and analysis of British idiosyncrasies. Bryson’s social commentary will give you an honest and accurate account of what to expect when you visit the UK.

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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour


Another book that offers an observational guide to the British is “Watching the English”. The English seem to have certain ways of doing things, like a cup of tea following any exertion or their love of queuing. Kate Fox captures these quirks and follies and compiles them in this humorous book. Foreigners will find this book fascinating and also useful for navigating their way through Britain’s unique social etiquette.

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