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Frommer's England with Wales 2012 (Frommer's Complete) Paperback – 7 Nov 2011


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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: 13.2 x 4.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,216 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 JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2012
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788 pages (including index) divided into 20 sections and without any photos:-
1. The Best of England and Wales.
2. England and Wales in Depth.
3. Suggested Itineraries.
4. London.
5. The Thames Valley and the Chilterns.
6. Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
7. Hampshire and Dorset.
8. Wiltshire and Somerset.
9. Devon.
10. Cornwall.
11. The Cotswolds.
12. The Heart of England.
13. Cambridge & East Anglia.
14. East Midlands.
15. The NorthWest.
16. The Lake District.
17. Yorkshire and the Northeast.
18. Cardiff and the South of Wales.
19. North Wales.
20. Planning Your Trip.
There's a free pocket map of London to tear out and slip into your pocket.
Packed with information on sightseeing, eating and drinking, history, arts and culture, accommodation, entertainment and lifestyle for example:
"Seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company perform in Stratford".
"Hiking the Malvern Hills".
"Cruising the Canals of Birmingham"
"Shopping for secondhand books at Hay-on-Wye".
Accommodation sections are categorised into groups of "Very Expensive", "Expensive", "Moderate", "Inexpensive" though not "Budget" and restaurants are rated with a star system.
Incredibly comprehensive guide for putting in the car if you're touring England and Wales. My advice would be to use it as a reference work to plan your journey ahead and then buy, or download, more specific maps to take with you when you're walking around because at 756 gms/over one pound and 10 ounces this isn't light enough to carry around all day and; if you're visiting from outside of the UK you need to bear that weight in mind because of your luggage allowance.
Clearly presented, easy to follow and a quality product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evan VINE VOICE on 22 Jun 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2012
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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 By "Bean Pole" on 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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