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on 13 October 2012
I have had this and the Lonely Planet guides to England for over a year now. I bought them as my job at the time required travelling around the country and new editions of both books had been published in early 2011.

Having used both extensively I have to say I much prefer the Rough Guide version for the following reasons:

1) The RG book folds out on a table over the spine so you can read it without holding it all the time and trust me the benefit of this is not to be underestimated! You cannot do the same with the LP book and it's much harder to read

2) I have found the coverage of places I have been to and maps better in the RG book. Having been to Oxford for a couple of days recently I reflected back and discovered that I had used the recommendations in the Rough Guide far more than the LP book. I use the books most for recommendations on where to eat and drink and the RG offers offers a seperate section on cafes, in addition to restaurants whereas the LP puts them all together. I find the cafe section useful as, like many people,I often like to have a coffee mid morning or afternoon and this makes it much easier to choose where may be the best options for a coffee stop

3) I find the colour scheme more appealing and user friendly in the RG. This may seem a small thing but I just find it 'easier on the eye'.

I should say that I am a fan of both Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guides in general. I have given this review the title I have because I think most people will choose only one guide and for my money the Rough Guide is a much better option on this occasion. The only aspect I prefer in the Lonley Planet book is that they clearly highlight attractions that are free and this is a great feature.

I would give the Lonely Planet Guide 3 stars in comparison to 5 for the Rough guide, although I think both represent good value for money. My ultimate advice is don't spend dithering for ages over whether to buy the Rough Guide to England, just do it. I don't think you'll feel short changed in any way.
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on 21 March 2013
It is a fantastic guide! It covers all the major attractions and destinations, also excellent in giving a real insight of the Country, covering History, Architecture, Geography, Social-cultural understanding, etc
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on 5 April 2013
Very useful guide. Bought when accompanying (by car) my son on sponsored bike ride from Land's End to John o'Groats via mainland compass points - Lizard, Lowestoft, Adnamurchan Point and Dunnet Head. Didn't actually have much time to see sights though but it was there to tell me what I'd just missed. Excellent. Thanks.
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on 12 September 2013
Comprehensive guide giving a good overview. I have never been able to fault their recommendations for accommodation or places to eat.
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on 23 January 2013
it is good and just like a new one, and very useful for me, its worth the price , my friend like it very much.
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on 11 November 2011
very useful guide especially to have when touring around. most things are available online but it is not always possible to get online on the move, especially in rural areas such as parts of the lake district.
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on 6 February 2013
Usual Rough Guide format with a great over view of of places to visit etc in England but for longer term visits the localised county guides would be better
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on 6 January 2013
I feel this book gives me nearly all the info I require and an opinion on subjects and locations. It's an interesting read.
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on 29 October 2014
Good guide. Very useful and complete.
Good seller. Arrived in time and well packaged. I will repeat.
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on 25 February 2014
I didn't used to be interested in the Rough Guide series because they seemed to be aimed at gap year students and contained the odd left wing view of the author. Some of it is still there in comments about Margaret Thatcher and right wing tabloids and of course we still have the gay pride marches taking pride of place in the calendar of events, not to mention the need to inform the reader of the vibrant local LGBT scene. There has been a recent improvement and I suspect the publishers are beginning to realise that these books are no longer being purchased by the gullible young but by those with a disposable income and the time to travel. The books are more generally informative these days and seem to cater more for family tastes - but still have some way to go.
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