Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens, Castles and Heritage Sites 2010 Paperback – 1 Nov 2009
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Definitive guide to Britain's historic houses that are open to the public
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While some of the information in the book is available online, it is much easier to read all in a single place, with the maps at the end giving the location of every property in the directory. There are 18 pages of maps, though the book could be improved by having even more pages given to the maps, as things get quite crowded in the more populated parts of England. It is the maps that give the book the edge over the internet, as being able to see where the houses are in relation to each other is a great help when planning days out. The properties in the main directory are usefully ordered by county, rather than region, which also helps when looking for several places near each other.
The book contains up to date information for 2010, but the book could last for several years provided the reader remembers to look up the website of each house before visiting. As such it's certainly worth buying this book once, but there's no need to keep buying it each year.
This is not, in my opinion, a book to drag around with you but one to sit at home and plan with, especially in these long, cold, repeat-laden winter evenings.
A splendid volume made even better by the fact that it is designed, published, and printed in Britain.
The book is divided into regions ("Eastern- England" for instance) and then county within that. I'm not sure I wholly like this division as it's often confusing when counties are sometimes put in one category and sometimes in another - why not just have them in county order?
The more important places have their own page (Knebworth House for instance). These entries contain one or two photos and a strip of information on how to contact the place, opening times, location and admission price details. Smaller venues (and therefore entries) contain much condensed versions of these often without a picture.
This book is called "Historic Houses & Gardens (Castles and Heritage Sites)" which is quite a wealth of sites to include in a book just over 600 pages long and which covers Wales and Scotland as well as England. The problem is - it DOESN'T include them all. Some counties (Kent for instance) appear to be quite well covered - others (Essex for instance) not so. Just browsing through I noticed a large omission - Hedingham Castle is one of Essex's most prestigious castles - why the omission? Orford in Suffolk is a similar sized keep and is included. Hadleigh castle (Essex) is missing also - why? I am sure I would find other omissions if I looked closer.
The descriptions of the sites are good and the information about location, opening times and costs very useful AND the pictures are often really quite stunning. I always want my "historic sites" guides to be comprehensive though and I do not feel that this one is. Which is why it only has four stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whenever my husband and I are trying to decide what and where to visit, we just browse through this book for ideas. Love visiting older houses and castles. Well used book.Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by anon
Excellent reference book for driving in the UK, as I now live in New Zealand, my wife thinks this is some sort of biblePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by John61
I enjoyed looking at this book. It is a nice thing tho flick through and very efficient compared to looking all these places up on the internet, you can swiftly see a lot of places... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2011 by sam
Although the advent of the internet has made paper-based reference materials all-but obsolete, I still like to peruse a thick book such as this as sometimes the simple scanning of... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2011 by Chappers
Exceptionally useful book, but also a pleasure to sit down and browse. The details on opening times and prices are extremely useful, but I will always check the internet as these... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2011 by Michael Jacobs
2010 is nearly over but I've used this book constantly in the past year. I binned my flimsy ant like National Trust handbook which is virtually unreadable by comparison as all the... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by debbie8355
Very pleased with the 2010 edition at such a good price
Prompt delivery came as promised ,allinall a very good buy.
A unique guide to all the historic locations in England ,not just the NT. I use it all the time-you will too!Published on 27 Jun. 2010 by J. Levy
A truly wonderful and informative read; an absolute must for those who love our Heritage.Published on 31 May 2010 by Zorro