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I’m usually a big Rick Steve’s fan, this book however is pretty much useless unless you are only seeing the major cities in England and Wales. There is no info on any of the countryside. Bought it to help plan my 2 week trip through southern England and Wales and pretty much only used it for help in London only……don’t waste your $$.
- I already had both Great Britain and the 2013 version of England at home, as paperback books. We have used them in the past.
We recently made a trip to England, visiting Barcelona before England then Iceland on the way home. We used Rick’s Best of Spain to plan our time in Barcelona and carried his new Iceland book with us. We had researched some day trips in England or Great Britain, before leaving but did not pack those books, since we now have family in London and visit there yearly.
While in London, we decided to make a day trip to Canterbury. I remembered reading Rick’s article about it, so decided the night before to buy/download the Kindle version of Great Britain. I then went to read the Canterbury article and there was nothing. I guess Canterbury makes the 3-week list for England, but doesn’t make the cut when Wales and Scotland are added to the total.
From this experience I think I understand a little better now about choosing which book to buy. I hope this helps someone else making a similar choice. (BTW, I quickly purchased England for my Kindle and requested to “return” Great Britain.)
In the areas covered by Rick’s book, he is spot on. However, there are several areas of GB that he completely ignores for reasons of his own. The area in and around Aberdeen, Scotland is one key example. Aberdeen is a wonderful city, full of historic and cultural treasures, and voted one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is relatively cheap, clean, and easy to get to. He harps on Bath, which has created a touristy, expensive, crowded nightmare. Some of his recommended B&Bs had raised their prices substantially since they got a mention, so beware of the “Rick Steve’s effect” before deciding to visit or book a reservation.
- I guess I should have done more research before buying this book, because I wound up being pretty disappointed. I’ve used and enjoyed Rick Steves’ guides before, so when I wanted a travel guide covering England, I didn’t hesitate to order this one. At a glance, one assumes it will cover – at least in part – all of the major tourist destinations/cities/regions. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A quick glance at the index reveals a single page for the city of Oxford. The listing? ‘Oxford: Harry Potter sights’. That’s it. It seems Mr. Steves prefers Cambridge, which gets an entire section devoted to it. That’s fine, of course, but we happen to want to visit Oxford in our travels (too many years of watching the adventures of Inspectors Morse and Lewis), and to do so, we’ll have to buy another book.
Similarly, a whopping 48 pages are devoted to North Wales, while South Wales gets only 19 – 11 of them about Cardiff. Want to visit Manchester or Bristol? Cornwall, Devon, or the East Midlands? Sorry, these places don’t exist in this book. The Keswick Pencil Museum? It’s your lucky day!
I’m not criticizing the way Steves tours or writes (Pencil Museum, though?!). But really, could you not just call it, ‘Rick Steves’ Best of Great Britain’ and include a bit on the back cover about it only covering certain places? At least then I’d know to buy more than one guide for our trip.
- Disappointing! A guide to Great Britain it is NOT. No Oxford, no Newcastle, no Aberdeen. Lots of missing cities and places and noticably lacking information that really informs! Maybe useful for people who are going for the first time and intend to see the most common of sites. For me, I found the information significantly scant even for the bigger cities such as Edinburgh and York.
But I just can’t get over that Oxford Street in London gets some coverage but the city of Oxford isn’t mentioned. I returned the book! I’ll stay with Lonely Planet that is so informative that I found new places and areas. Perhaps I am most deeply disappointed after seeing the dvds of Robson Green’s Northumberland. Some great places to explore and listed in Lonely Planet. Rich Steves allows for Holy Island but discourages those who won’t rent a car. Oh, Steves allows for buses from Newcastle but doesn’t give me Newcastle.
So I’ll stick with Lonely Planet, country buses, walking and exploring … and Rick Steves on PBS is about the best of him in my estimation.