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Frommer's England with Wales 2012 (Frommer's Complete) [Paperback]

Nick Dalton , Rebecca Ford , Donald Strachan , Stephen Keeling , Rhonda Carrier , Deborah Stone , Louise McGrath
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7 Nov 2011
Frommer′s England gives you the insider knowledge on where and what to visit in England

Packed with detailed and honest reviews, this guide gives you the low-down on what’s worth your time and what’s not, providing extensive listings of accommodation, attractions and restaurants whatever your budget.

The destinations are broken down into easy to navigate sections with itineraries and accompanying maps to help you to plan the perfect trip, according to your timeframe.

Discover the best of the England and Wales from countryside idylls to traditional seaside towns, or the best culture and entertainment in cities including London, Cardiff, Manchester and Liverpool.

Importantly, this guide provides the latest trip-planning advice and money-saving tips, as well as a complete shopper’s guide and directory of useful contacts to ensure you make the most of your stay in this fantastic country.

About Frommer's Complete Guides: Frommer’s Complete guides give travellers the comprehensive overview of destinations, detailing the vast variety of choices and need-to-know local information in cities and countries, without glossing over any of the details. Entire regions, neighbourhoods and more are broken down by thoughtful itineraries to give detailed guides to each, with full accompanying reviews and prices listed throughout. These guides are packed full of up-to-date advice and tips on what’s new in the location and how to plan your trip according in every aspect of your time there; vocabulary lists also exist where you might need a few key phrases and menu terms.

Complete guides give you the respective A to Z, helping you to find the places to stay, eat, shop and explore that are best suited for you wherever you are or are planning to go.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Revised edition edition (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119993040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119993049
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘An informative and useful read for those maybe looking for a fun and rewarding family day out’.  (The Sun, 16th December 2011)

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See one of the world′s finest collections of historical artifacts at the British Library in London. See chapter 4. Free pocket map inside,plus easy–to–read maps throughout Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas Insider tips from local expert authors

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Evan VINE VOICE
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I must say I have always tended to go with Lonely Planet guide books for no other reason than they're (or at least were) Australian so would give a like minded view on places through out the world. Having now had a good amount of time to peruse this Frommer's guide and refer to it from time to time it is for the most part more than adequate.

It doesn't cover every part of England in depth but instead gives an over all assessment of places the worth a visit. It covers the best of Wales (as the title would suggest) so don't expect a thorough guide to everything Wales has to offer either, in fact less so. But, if you're after a solid guide to each of these countries you'd be better off buying dedicated guides. Frommer's isn't trying to achieve this so I don't hold it as a negative for this book.

Some other reviewers are giving this book a hard time for not covering every little town in their part of the country. This is not the point of the book. The guide book is more a quick guide on places to visit in England and Wales for the overseas visitor. Overseas visitors just want the highlights.

Overall it's not a book that can be faulted as it achieves what it sets out to do. If you're after a complete and in-depth guide to either England or Wales then you'll need to buy such a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive & Informative 11 May 2012
By Mrs C TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Frommer's Guide to England & the Best of Wales 2012 is a large book that is packed with a wealth of information to help you gain the most from your trip.

The cover is glossy with a wipe clean finish and a lovely picture of Whitby in Yorkshire. The first few pages contain a comprehensive outline of the contents of the book. At the back is a removable map of Central London which is clearly printed and easy to follow, on the reverse of which is a list of London streets with their map reference. There is also a map of the West End Theatre District and one of suggested day trips to embark on from London. On the inside back cover there is a Transport for London train map.

Part 1 sites information on The Best of England and Wales such as the most inforgettable Travel Experiences, City Experiences, Food & Drink Experiences, Family Experiences, Historic Experiences, Outdoor Experiences etc.

Part 2 is England & Wales in depth. This is not only a historical background, but also provides essential tourist information concerning climate, calendar of events, special interest tours and useful terms & language.

Part 3 gives suggested itineries and Part 4 is devoted entirely to London. The other parts of the guide book are then devoted to the other Counties of England and Wales.

Throughout the book there is a wealth of information on places of interest with the opening times & entrance fees, where to explore, where to eat, where to shop, entertainment & nightlife, where to stay etc. There are also city maps throughout the book.

The last part of the book is devoted to planning your trip. Contained in this section is information on Airports, getting around by Train, Bus and Car rental.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for visitors to England 4 Jan 2012
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I've seen a good deal of England and Wales but this edition of Frommer's England will be handy for suggesting places to visit and to stay for me that I have yet to discover, and I am certain will be an invaluable resource for visitors from abroad. Its the sort of book that I would throw into the car on my travels but I am not sure that I would want to walk around all day with it unless taken in a rucksack as it's quite heavy, and I fear the cover, being very thin, would soon get damaged.

Catering for all tastes it is divided into twenty sections, including "the best of England and Wales" section, a brief history, suggested itineraries and trip planning. Each of the chapters gives an overall view of the best things to see and eat, and how to get to the various sites suggested, together with contact numbers, opening times and current entrance costs. London is given its own chapter. There are plenty of maps including a tear-off London map at the back of the book.

It is important to note that this is not a complete guide to every possible attraction but is really "England in a nutshell" with a bit of Wales thrown in for good measure (the cover states that it is "the best of Wales", neverthless worth the investment, especially if the reader is to take a lightning tour of the country.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wide coverage, but light on detail 27 Dec 2012
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
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At first glance, this looks like a really comprehensive guide to England and Wales. It's a big tome and covers quite a large area of the country, but once you get further in and realise that it's fairly scant in its coverage of some pretty large areas and towns, you realise that you'd be better off with a guide book devoted specifically to those areas. It's not all bad - for the overseas visitor, this is probably quite a useful general guide to England and Wales, if supplemented with other books like a Lonely Planet guide. For the average British tourist, though, it is questionable how much use you will realistically get out of this. There are quite a lot of details on accommodation and the main attractions of particular places, but inevitably it can't devote too many pages to each place because it's trying to cover the whole country.

In summary, then, more for the foreign visitor. Nicely laid out, but not really detailed enough on any one place.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No good for Wales
I've used this book a few times for English locations and it's ok. Standard fare that's not really any different from Rough Guide or Lonely Planet. Read more
Published 17 months ago by daisyrock
4.0 out of 5 stars A big book to put in your rucksack
For practical information and no-nonsense tips about places you wish to visit in England and Wales then this is a very useful reference. Read more
Published 22 months ago by I. H. C. Mellor
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was so excited to receive this as I really wanted a travel guide but, honestly, I found this one near impossible to use. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but doesn't fit in one book,
Frommer's guides are generally good & at approximately 800 pages this is a large book. However even for the size of the book it is impossible to fully cover the whole of England... Read more
Published 22 months ago by I. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the British tourist
I won't claim to have read the whole of this book, but I thought reading sections on areas of England and Wales I was familiar with would give a good indication of the quality of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul Fillery
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Lacking
I am off to North Wales soon for a vacation and I thought this would help and I think it will.

However, as the guide says "The Best Of Wales". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ian Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Frommer's Guide
That is to say, well written and well researched and full of facts and useful tips and information.

This is a large and quite bulky guide (certainly not a pocket one! Read more
Published 23 months ago by MJ King
3.0 out of 5 stars I do not like the format or the selective nature of this guide
I travel all over the World for my business. I try and collect guide books, as many times I have no idea where I am going, where to eat, sleep or shop. Read more
Published 23 months ago by C. M. Cotton
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative & handy sized
I liked the concise layout of the book with its sections. Each region or town has clear sub headings starting with `essentials' (explaining how to get there and visitor... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great England
A great new edition of the Frommers guide to England. Useful for details of places to visit, hotels, restaurants, etc, though an understandably limited selection. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bama70
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