Explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With Rick Steves on your side, Great Britain can be yours!
Inside Rick Steves Great Britain you’ll find:
- Comprehensive coverage for spending two weeks or more exploring England, Wales, and Scotland
- Rick’s strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
- Top sights and hidden gems, from Stonehenge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to whisky distilleries and corner pubs
- How to connect with culture: Try haggis or a Scotch pie, catch a show in SoHo, or chat with locals in a cozy Welsh tavern
- Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with the help of Rick’s candid, humorous insight
- The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a pint
- Self-guided walking tours of charming villages and historic sites and museums
- Detailed maps for exploring on the go
- Useful resources including a packing list, a historical overview, and recommended reading
- Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
- Complete, up-to-date information on London, Windsor, Cambridge, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, South Wales, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool, the Lake District, York, Durham and Northeast England, Conwy, Caernarfon, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, Oban and the Inner Hebrides, Glencoe and Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, and more
- I preordered this brand new edition to get it on the release day, and it does indeed feel current with sidebars on Brexit and even a few mentions of the Prince Harry and Meghan nuptials (which just happened hours ago, as I type this review). I’ve been a fan of Rick Steves’s PBS shows since my early teens, so over twenty years now, and this is my first book of his that I have read. It’s easy to hear the advice in his voice–indeed, I recognized some of the passages as paraphrased (or vice versa) from his shows.
This book is over a thousand pages and the details are vast. I haven’t gotten to put any of this advice into practice–I am toying with the idea of a dream trip next year–but I love how this book addresses everything from how to get around London or between cities, to when big monuments are crowded or empty, to where to eat and sleep for the night. Great Britain is broken down into regions with overviews and then more detailed sections, making it easy to skim for info then delve deeper. The very back of the book is loaded with fantastic advice on everything from currency (when to exchange it, how much to carry), what to pack, how to understand the different wording on hotel and B&B listings, etc. If my dream trip does become reality, this book will be my travel companion! And if the trip doesn’t happen, it was still great fun to read and engage in many wistful what-ifs.
I’ve had dozens of Rick Steves guidebooks over the years – Italy, Spain, France, etc. – but this one is disappointing doesn’t include some of the places that I’m planning on visiting this trip – such as Malvern, Shropshire, Dorset.
I used this book almost exclusively for a recent trip to the United Kingdom. Great information that I deemed so important I used this book and carried it with me every single day of my trip. When I went to Ireland I used the Rick Steve’s guide as well. The publisher needs to upgrade the paper used for this book as the newspaper-like pages are so thin my highlighter showed through. The Ireland book had nice paper with color photos that didn’t have this problem. In short, the author’s information was fabulous but the paper stinks.
- What a ridiculous waste of money! I bought this, rather than the version about England, expecting that it would also help with my travels in Wales. What a mistake! For example, the entire section about the south of Wales seems to really only be about Cardiff. Even the map of South Wales cuts off everything to the West, including the fairly famous and important Pembrokeshire National Park region.
Apparently, Rick Steve’s doesn’t think anything in the entire Southwest of England is worth mentioning, either. There is NOTHING south of Bristol/Wells.
Save your money and buy something else.
We have most of Rick Steve’s books for Europe and he never disappoints. I got the newest one for Great Britain mainly for the updated prices and opening times – he complies them all in one place so I don’t have to search out info on each location or hotel separately. I got this one on my kindle so I didn’t have to carry a book on my travels. There isn’t much new info in this edition from previous ones, except updated prices and times, etc. but that is what I needed. I do wish Rick would start adding more new places for those of us who have seen the usual places, but that would probably be another book.
I like Rick Steves recommendations, was spot on in Italy. I haven’t been to Great Britain in a long long time so I turned to this book for recommendations… I’ve double checked with Trip advisor who I also trust and reviews are pretty consistent. I appreciated the ideas and detailed options in London, Bath, York and Scotland. I did find it funny that he was very detailed in places with Roman history…because you know he loves Italy and it’s antecedents, LOL. Good choice especially for the smaller places.
Shouldn’t have bought this book. I’ve enjoyed RS’s books on other trips, but unless you know exactly where you’re going in the UK, and those places happen to be covered in this book, buy another one. Or purchase two books, like I’m going to end of doing. I was hoping this book would help me decide where to go on my trip. Thought it did, then I started reading on forums about other places that many (if not most) people prefer to the selected regions of this book. Want to go go Cornwall? Not here. Northumberland? Absent. Yorkshire and the dales? Oops, sorry again. Very disappointingly limited.