Frommer's Ireland Day by Day is a handy reference guide to one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. This travel guide wants to help you, the curious world traveler, in your quest to find the best attractions, the finest dining, and the other points of interest so that your vacation to Ireland will be memorable and enjoyable.
This travel guide is different from others in one important way: It covers specific travel excursions to different parts of Ireland, with daily breakdowns on what to see and do. Let's say, for instance, that I plan to visit the capital city of Dublin and I have exactly three days in which to visit. If I turn to the section on Dublin, I will see guides for different numbers of days, one of which is titled Dublin in 3 Days. The guide will help you make the most of your short trip by guiding you to the best the Dublin has to offer in a three day time span. Other parts of the book include similar itineraries, not necessarily by number of days (most are like this, but not all), but by some type of criteria. Some focus on outdoor activities. Some of the trips focus on things to do with kids in tow. Whatever the concentration is, this guide offers you a specific breakdown of the best points of interest and what you should see/do to make the most of your trip.
Besides the individual self- guided tours, what most readers will remember best about this travel guide are the illustrations. There are actual photographs of the Irish countryside and city attractions and many of them are very enticing. The book is small in size, physically, so don't expect to find large, coffee- table book images. The pictures are smaller than that, but they are attention- grabbing nonetheless and they will attract many readers with their historic significance, natural beauty, etc. In addition to the photos, you will also find plenty of maps in this travel guide. A large, pull- out map at the back of the guide is available for use, but there are also dozens of smaller maps throughout, each offering a road guide with specific points of interest clearly marked.
This Ireland travel guide is a reference guide and thus it doesn't offer much in the way of general reading. With the exception of the chapter that covers the history of Ireland and a few other sections, the reading in this guide is brief and factual, covering only the key points for a specific location, its dining options, natural attractions, contact information, etc. So, this is not the type of guide you want to buy if you want to study the nation of Ireland and expand your knowledge. This is really intended as a reference guide for travelers and most people who buy it will refer to it only when they need to look something up.
Ireland is a fascinating nation rich in history and natural beauty and this travel guide is a good reference guide for those who plan to visit the Emerald isle. It offers clear information, attractive photographs, helpful maps, and plenty of self- guided tours. It makes a good choice for those who are planning to travel to Ireland and want to make the most of their stay.