Fodor’s Essential England (Full-color Travel Guide)

Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential England is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to England. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Europe.

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan charm, England will wow you with its history, culture, and must-see towns and cities. Fodor’s England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and quaint villages to cozy country pubs and London’s cutting-edge food, art, and nightlife scenes.Fodor’s England includes:


     This edition includes new restaurants and hotels from all over the country, to make sure you find the best places to eat and stay. You’ll also get up-to-date information on popular destinations such as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, and more. London’s hot hotel and restaurant scenes get attention too, along with the East End’s thriving art galleries.


     A brief introduction and spectacular color photos capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout England.

Community Review  

  • Fodor’s steps up its appeal to modern travelers with this 2016 travel guide to England and Wales. The opening chapter is a terrific introduction to England as a destination, with just the right amount of information for the first time traveler to begin to sort out the options. The following chapters cover England and Wales on a geographic basis, beginning with a long chapter on the sights and sounds of London, one of the world’s great cities. Each chapter provides options on where to go, including Fodor’s in-house listing of favorite attractions. The chapters also provide options on where to eat and where to stay. The text is much enhanced with a nice selection of maps, diagrams, and color photographs. The concluding chapter has some smart travel info, including an introduction to Britain’s excellent rail network, and tips on how to use the internet and your I-phone while in England. The back end of the guide has a guide to London’s Underground (subway) and a pull-out map of London itself for ease in exploring.
    At just under 900 pages, this guide is a little hefty, but it makes up for it with lots of good information, including features on castles and palaces, of which England and Wales have quite a few. This reviewer was impressed with the coverage of Britain’s national parks in England and Wales, with their surprising opportunities for outdoor recreation. The entries on the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England were especially interesting for their hikes through beautiful scenery and open ground that might feature an ancient ruined abbey or old village. This guide is well-written and nicely organized, with neutral and informative commentary. Highly recommended.
  • It is very complete, but despite its length (or maybe because of it) it can be hard to find what you are looking for. A geographic organization makes a lot of sense when you either know where you want to be or are already there. When you are planning a trip, however, you may be looking for themes to help guide your trip planning. A thematic index would help in that regard, as would some sample itineraries structured around various themes (e.g., theater, living culture, gardens). One person’s must see is another person’s yawn.
    This travel guide MUST be supplemented by extensive internet research unless you already know what you want.
  • Decent all England guidebook. Covers a variety of towns national parks & attractions that are outside the towns as are most of our historic homes etc. they star their favourites . It’s got a good neutral fact style. Not too much personal opinion intruding, which is fine for me. I’m interested in the historic sightseeing. I want to know what therer is to visit & what its about & opening info which they do a good job of.
    The Kindle edition could use being split up into smaller searching chapters. Hence the 4 stars. Seems to cover major & medium history sites & some lesser known sites. Obviously get a region specific book for more detailed sightseeing & restaurants. It mentions or covers my favourite lesser sites not always covered ie Fowey, Cornwall; Berkeley Castle Glos, Igtham Mote Kent in varying amounts. Fowey deserved a bigger section. Gives a decent amount of coverage to major attractions like Blenheim or Chatsworth for an all England guide book. The general England travel & essential info is reasonable. I thought I disagreed with a couple of things but nothing to be concerned about. Definitely worth buying & reading before a trip to England.
  • It is just OK. I was hoping it would have the depth of the full Fodors paperback version but it doesn’t seem to. A big downside is there is no index for a quick find of Exeter or Falmouth or whatever. The God bits include the maps … which you can enlarge and really see the city or area, the individual write-up on areas are spot on. The Fodors best are great ideas for things to see. It is also ALOT easier to bring Kindle and have this and other books loaded.

  • If you can’t travel on a Rick Steves tour, this is the next best thing! From places to stay, to restaurants and attractions, Rick gives you all the info you need for a fun trip. He even gives you info about the best way to buy tickets, and describes attractions in detail so you can decide which to see and which to skip if you are only in a place for a short while. I can’t imagine traveling without one of his guide books!


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