Rick Steves Great Britain

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

    Community review  

  • 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.
  • 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.

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