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The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain (Readers Digest) [Paperback]

Reader's Digest
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26 May 2006 Readers Digest
Discover Britain as you've never known it before, with "Amazing Places to Visit in Britain". "Reader's Digest" and a team of experienced travel writers, whose credits include the "Sunday Times", "Holiday Which?" and the "Daily Telegraph" among many others, have specially chosen the 1,000 most amazing places in Britain to feature in this book. From castles, cathedrals, stately homes and natural wonders to power stations, bellfoundries and even a water tower, this book reflects the diversity of fascinating places that Britain has to offer. Read about some of the world's best early medieval stained glass, found in Canterbury Cathedral, and then turn to an entry on the ossuary at St Leonard's church in Hythe housing 2,000 human skulls, or the Donnington Grand Prix collection at Donnington Park. "Amazing Places in Britain" is a modern guidebook to Britain, and as such includes entries you won't find in most UK guidebooks. From the Umbrella Shop on New Oxford Street in London to the Oldbury Power Station on the River Severn and a Soviet submarine in Folkestone harbour, this unique reference guide will ensure that you'll never see Britain in the same way again. The book is arranged by county and region for easy reference and includes a regional map for each section pinpointing the places featured as well as giving all the information you need to help you plan your visit. In addition, there are 54 special features, providing extra information about a particular topic relevant to the section in which it appears. Learn the history of the Somerset Levels, what prehistoric Uffington was like, or discover more about the diversity of ethnic Leicester. You'll also find walks, with accompanying maps, in Bath, along the Birmingham canals and in Constable's country. Whether you're looking for a place to visit or simply wanting to find out more about a region, you'll find plenty of inspiration in "The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain".

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest (26 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0276441761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0276441769
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 26 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good guidebook for strangers to our county. It is well laid out and informative with some good suggestions for places to visit in our neighbouring counties too. --East Anglian Daily Times Magazine - Jan 07

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Oct 2010
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I was really disappointed with this book, because it has no pictures of the places described. These places might be amazing but you need a photo at least to give you a visual. It's like a recipe book with no pictures. It just doesn't work. I wouldn't recommend it. I bought Coast- the walks, at the same time and that was much better.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all on the beaten track 13 Dec 2008
I love this book! I've used it a number of times to plan roadtrips and daytrips, as well as just simply to read. It would be easy to complain about all the things that AREN'T in the book, and it's true the chapters on Scotland, etc are markedly smaller than the England section. The whole point of the book is to tell you about things that you may not have heard of, or wouldn't necessarily find leaflets for if you were staying in the area.

We recently roadtripped to Scotland and made a point of seeking out things like Jedburgh Abbey, Carter Bar, and Scott's View. As a result we took more backroads, fought less crowds, and saw breathtaking scenery. I've also visited dozens more sites around the SE on the suggestion of the book, and never been disappointed.

The book itself is well-laid out, nice paper, and nice contruction. Despite some heavy usage, it's still in perfect nick.

And now it's cheaper than when I got it, so it's absolutely a good bargain!
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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Book is of very good quality. Nice photos, glossy pages, big but not too big. I was impressed with the range of places that are covered as the information caters to everyone. What I was very disappointed though with is how very little is covered regarding Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Although physically England only takes up less than half of Great Britain he takes up almost the entire book. There are 237 pages devoted to England. Only 35 devoted to Scotland, 20 pages to Wales, and only 7 to Northern Ireland. This could be excused if there were not more that would make a nice addition to the book, but as for Scotland...much was left out. Granted you can't include everything but Wallace Monument, Ben Nevis (tallest peak in G.B.), and "The Granite City" of Aberdeen including Aberdeen University should not have been left out. I don't write this as a Scottish person either. I write this as an American now living in the U.K. so I know what tourist would be impressed with because I was and still am one.

I bought this book hoping to send to a loved one back in the US that is coming here for a tour this summer and wanted him to be able to have a book showing the best of the UK so he could pick what he'd like to do and see. I feel like I need to buy a suplemental book still covering the rest of Great Britain. Other than that the book is very good.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent resource but lacking in parts 23 Aug 2009
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This is a well produced and attractive book as you would expect from the Readers Digest however I do think the AMAZING claim is using poetic license somewhat. Whilst it does come up with the occasional peculiarity, most of the attractions are pretty mainstream, if a little dull or obvious. Bluewater shopping centre for example is a great place to visit but hardly AMAZING, if you get my drift.

Published in a thick A4 sized softback, the places of interest are grouped together in their respective counties but with only one photo for every 5 or 6 locations. As I'm a firm believer that a picture is worth a 1000 words, particularly in guide books this was a disappointment to me. The text is well written but specific details such as opening times, phone numbers and admission prices are lacking or even non-existent so you will find yourself looking up these details and viewing pictures online before making up your mind. Not very useful if you're on holiday and away from your PC. If I had to chose between this and 501 Great Days Out in the UK and Ireland, I would probably go for the latter which is chunkier and heavier but currently cheaper also.

This would look good on your coffee table and at 7.49 is a decent resource for choosing a day out but it's not quite AMA....ok you get the picture! (or not in this case)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking but a bit confusing 6 July 2009
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I found this book to be very pretty and quite interesting. The one problem I have is that the way the entries are numbered is a bit hard to follow. Not too bad if you study the book, but confusing if you just pick it up every now and then to browse (which is, I suspect, how most of us would use it).
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have! 24 Oct 2007
By Capella
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If you appreciate the road less traveled by more than the usual tourist melting pot, this is a must have! I think the book is printed in photo paper all through out. It definitely feels so. The paper, layout and the print quality is very good. The content, even better. Brief descriptions and/or back ground of the amazing shot will make you want to go there all the more. I intend to tick my way all the way through this book! =)Buy it!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 14 Sep 2005
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I was very pleasently surprised by this book, lots of entries of interesting places, many I've never heard of. Has general directions, opening times where applicable and some wonderful photography.
If you're after ideas on where to visit in Britain, then this book is ideal.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great travelling companion 2 July 2008
By Cheerio
I have had some wonderful days out with this book. It is highly recommended, an interesting often educational read with great photography.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Seek and find.
Finding so many unknown places to visit all over Britain was an eye opener.Come next summer I will be on a voyage of discovery.
Published 4 months ago by Joyce perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain
I bought this book so that I can (during the winter months) brows through and chose a holiday for 2014.
Published 5 months ago by Beryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
The book gives you some really good ideas of places to see/visit when you are in a particular area. I bought this book as a present but have had one myself for several years.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Paul Goodrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Can use in conjunction with others in series to visit lots of places in Britain A good read for all.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. G. A. Jeyes
5.0 out of 5 stars all good
all goodall good 28 words or more x v b b n h g f d s a r ew qo p l
Published 11 months ago by Toni Taylor-Munn
4.0 out of 5 stars What should I see and where should I go?
When writing my review of the Michelin Green Book of GB I said, due to circumstances (age, illnesses, etc), I wold have now to spend more time holidaying in England. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tony in PR
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. T. Woonton
5.0 out of 5 stars A book if you love to explore the UK.
Why go abroad when there are so many place to see here. We pick one place a year and aim to go and visit it. The picutres are great but the view when you get there- even better.
Published 15 months ago by N. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book for travel
We bought this book as we love weekends away and exploring new places. This is a good reference book for planning your days out and finding new and interesting sights to see. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jowaite
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the literate!
I bought this back in 2008 and have found that it is a great source of interesting places; some well known, others less so. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2011 by Giant Electric Head
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