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Paul Whitfield , Catherine Le Nevez
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1 Mar 2012 Rough Guide to...

Full-colour throughout, The Rough Guide to Wales is the ultimate guide to this beautiful country. With 30 years experience and our trademark 'tell it like it is' writing style, Rough Guides cover all the basics with practical, on-the-ground details, as well as unmissable alternatives to the usual must-see sights. At the top of your list and guaranteed to get you value for money, each guide also reviews the best accommodation and restaurants in all price brackets. We know there are times for saving, and times for splashing out.

In The Rough Guide to Wales:

- Over 50 colour-coded maps featuring every listing

- Area-by-area chapter highlights

- Top 5 boxes

- 'Things not to miss' section

Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Wales.

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389815
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Whitfield was born in the UK in 1961 and emigrated to New Zealand with his parents aged 13. He spent formative years in Auckland and Hastings before moving to Christchurch to study Chemical Engineering. The food industry put a roof over his head for a few years but his real home was on the road, travelling through the Americas, cycling through Europe and North Africa and trekking in Nepal. Wanting to share his experiences, he started writing travel guidebooks for the Rough Guides in the early 1990s, first in Scandinavia quickly followed by guides to Wales, California and New Zealand. With these under his belt he branched out to Alaska, Mexico and Yosemite National Park. All the while he was complementing his writing with photography, both for Rough Guides and OurPlace World Heritage, documenting UNESCO World Heritage sites. He now lives in his adoptive homeland, New Zealand.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welsh guide fit for a Welshman 26 May 2012
By Simon T
I've just picked up a copy of the new Wales Rough Guide. There are so many great ideas for things to do, in places I've been, that I never knew. I want to go back (home) again soon to check them out.
The new guide is colourful, with great photos and really clear, well illustrated colour maps and the text seems so much easier to read than rough guides of old. The mix of information,history and ideas for further exploration is just right. I am reinvigorated with a desire to go back very soon. I particularly liked the detail on the Gower and the Llyn Peninsula, again both had lots of 'news-to-me'. With Aberaeron and Barmouth, these are now top of my 'must go back soon' list. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as always 11 July 2012
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I always buy a Rough Guide whenever I go to a new area. They're the best in my opinion. On this occasion howeverone problem emerged: of the three main recommended restaurants listed for Haverforwest, two had already closed and one had moved and been renamed. Given that this was a 2012 Guide, it was disappointing but I suspect that it's more a sign of the financial times in South Wales than the Guide's fault. Other than that, all the information was spot on and very useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well thumbed guide book... 24 Aug 2012
By Megan
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I always judge how good a guidebook is by the condition it's in after a trip, and after a two week camping/ touring holiday in Wales it's been well and truly scarred i.e. spine bent and well thumbed from use. The book was well indexed and laid out, the top highlights for each area and maps & town maps were particularly useful (no sat nav or fancy internet phone in this household!). The write up about the places tended to be very accurate, the authors judgments were akin to my own thoughts on places. The historical information about castles, bridges etc very interesting and informative. I think readers will have to accept that as soon as a guide book is written it's already out of date and there were a few occasions where recommended places for eating & drinking were no longer in business (perhaps a reflection of the current economic times in the UK). The campsites recommended which were available were good, but the prices described in the book were often stated as per pitch, and this 9 out of ten times was incorrect an it was price per person. I bought this book on an offer paying about half the normal price, so it was definately VFM, but I would have bought this if it had been on sale at full price. I'm now toying with the idea of buying the rough guide for the area I live, to keep for visitors and I might even discover some new gems I don't yet know exist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very general information 13 May 2013
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This is a very general introduction to the different parts of Wales and only provides information about the main attractions, so if you intend to go to Wales for rambling, canoeing, cycling etc. you might be better off buying a book dedicated to that activity + of course a proper map of the region.

This book is good if you are a complete newbie to Wales and would like some inspiration and a very short introduction to the culture/history and general layout of each region. But as I've been to Wales quite often and am looking for inspiration to see new things, I wasn't impressed. I did find a few places that I would like to look up when I get to SE & SW Wales, but it seems that I've covered most of what there is to see in the other regions - or maybe they just haven't covered it in quite enough depth. I certainly know of some hills in the Snowdonia region that could - and should - have been covered, but we'll keep that a secret for a bit longer.

There seems to be an awful lot of space dedicated to castles - some of which are certainly not all that interesting. I think that it would have been more interesting to include more pictures or even some (mapped) suggestions for walks/bike rides/scrambles etc. off the beaten track - rather than the usual overrun paths up Snowdon.

The book was published in March 2012, so at least the information is still very much up-to-date also the further links etc. provided seem to work fine. The inclusion of links I find is a great idea as it provides inspiration and help if you want to do the necessary further information gathering on your own, but I still can't help but be a bit disappointed with the quality of the information provided. Maybe they should spend less space on suggestions for accommodation and places to eat (which is easy to find and book online anyway)and more time on the actual attractions of this beautiful country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of change 21 Nov 2012
By Sheenagh Pugh VINE VOICE
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It's always hard to review a wide-ranging guide so I'll say at the start that I am basing this on the two places I know really well: Cardiff and Carmarthen, and using what the book has to say on these as a guide to its general quality. One general thing I will say, though: I can't see that the Guide has changed much in this edition - maybe not enough to justify buying it if you already have the last one. Now, granted, Snowdonia won't have altered much, but Cardiff has, and I don't think the guide has kept up well with its very speedy recent development. Its recommendations for eating strike me as meagre and outdated, for a start, and there's little sense of how buzzing the city currently is.

As for Carmarthen, another place that's changed a lot lately, the guide is dismissive, suggesting the place has little for tourists and that they should stay elsewhere. Well, it's true there are not many specific Things To See, but that isn't all a place is about. Carmarthen has excellent shopping (even a Nomads outlet, which is far from usual in Wales), good transport connections and is a tidy, pleasant little town which would actually make a very good base to explore West Wales from. And what you want in a base isn't necessarily lots of attractions, but a relaxing, pleasant atmosphere.

As usual, the guide is good on transport links and has all the basic information you would need to tour the country. But if you still have the last edition, I wouldn't rush to get this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Just bought a cottage in North Wales and wanted a bit more info on the area. This is an informative guide with useful facts and figures. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maisie Daisie
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel Guide
As with the rough guide to Wales a good product but some omissions in key areas when time is short and you need the guide to have done the legwork.
Published 8 months ago by E. Campbell-smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Functional but not much fun
I really adore Wales so was thrilled when this guide became available, and I had the opportunity to test drive it on a recent trip. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Dawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Serviceable and broad-ranging guide
This guide has most of the usual strengths and flaws of Rough Guides in general, providing a comprehensive overview of Wales without necessarily offering much that is especially... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Laura T
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY WELCOME
This has been a useful addition to our bookshelves. We moved to Wales 3 years ago and this has been the most comprehensive guide book so far. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jax
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Guide to Wales
I was looking for a good guide for my tour of Wales. This book gives me all the information that I require.
Published 14 months ago by brinuk
3.0 out of 5 stars wales
Bought this for a short break in Wales. However purchased the Kindle version, not a good idea, I found the neccesity to go back and forth and find the index complicated and time... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. SC Dimmock
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and informative - an excellent RG title
I have been using Rough Guides as a preferred resource for travelling since the late ¡90s and have seem them develop whilst maintaining a consistent identity. Read more
Published 18 months ago by bomble
5.0 out of 5 stars I could do without the colour section, but..
I can remember a time before Rough Guides, when travel was presumed to be something engaged in by the middle-aged, middle class and well heeled to boot (heh heh). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Simon Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I've had a look through this book and there's loads of great ideas for days out in Wales - whether you're a tourist or live here! Read more
Published 18 months ago by ILoveWales
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