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Belfast Insight Compact Guide (Insight Compact Guides) Paperback – 17 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: APA Publications Pte Ltd (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812821511
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812821515
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.7 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This guide is a nice compact size with plenty of useful practical information for a visit to the city. The mapping is also very good for the city itself and there is also one for N Ireland which is quite small scale but shows main tourist destinations. Photography is excellent. The giude also covers the rest of Northern Ireland in less detail, but enough if you're just wanting to get out of the city for a few days. Overall, would recommend this guide.
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Format: Paperback
Ok there was useful information in this book about sights, good bars (we found a really great one that we may not have if we hadn't read it) etc. This is why it merits the 3*. However, this is the first time that I have felt strongly enough about something to go to the bother of writing a review and this is the reason why; THE MAPS ARE USELESS. We spent a lot of time up and down streets searching for things that eventually turned out to be on another street. Which is normal for me but my boyfriend can read maps and was less than impressed. Lack of postcodes also made it a pain, even with the help of an iphone. So I would probably buy another Insight Compact Guide if there was not a Timeout option but I would spend an extra couple of pound for a decent map. It is a compact guide so I maybe just expected too much but would have liked this advice before I went. Belfast is great! Enjoy.
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Format: Paperback
It is a measure of the speed of change in Belfast that this new edition has come out so soon after its predecessor to keep up. Some travel guides are dry and a bit boring to read - this isn't one. It's well-written, well-illustrated, and packed with information. It's also slightly quirky in two ways - the author's readily-given opinions not just on the architectural merits of public buildings but on more besides, and the decisions as to what to include and what to leave out. I was happy enough with the first of these, both because it helps bring the book to life and because I agreed with many of the views expressed; I was less happy with the second, and especially with the rather cursory treatment given to NI's second city where I live. But I reluctantly accept that in a guide of this size much would inevitably have to be omitted.
When I moved Northern Ireland I made a point of travelling around and trying to get to know the place. This then rather faded out apart from the obligatory showing of the sights to visiting relatives and friends, but the desire to see more has been awakened by this book.
This is a book largely about Belfast but also about the rest of Northern Ireland and also Donegal. For visitors and residents alike I recommend it.
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