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Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens, Castles and Heritage Sites 2010 Paperback – 1 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage House Group Ltd; Revised edition edition (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851014461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851014463
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Definitive guide to Britain's historic houses that are open to the public


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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
As a long-time member of both the National Trust and English Heritage, I did wonder how much in this book would be of use to me. The answer was a great deal, as the book contains not only all the National Trust properties, but also all the English Welsh and Scottish Heritage houses and castles, the major cathedrals, all the houses in the Historic Houses Association, and a large number of additional houses and gardens.

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.
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We like Hudson's guide to historic house and gardens. Our library copy was several years older and the News Agents only had a single tatty copy of the 2012 edition for nearly £16. Since the houses don't change that much it was much more cost effective to buy this 2010 edition and it arrived in pristine condition.
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Hudson's 2010 has joined many others of this ilk on my ever groaning bookshelves, however, the quality of the illustrations and information is quite simply stunning, almost encyclopaedic, and surpasses that of many tomes costing a great deal more. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few houses etc in my own neck of the woods of which I was unaware.
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.
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First things first - this is a very heavy book - it's certainly not one you would want to carry in your bag (if you could fit it in) with you when you visited any of these places! It is best read before hand or in the car and as many details remembered when visiting one of these places.

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.
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About the weight and shape of a telephone directory but there the similarity ends. This sumptuously illustrated definitive guide to our most desirable destinations is an excellent addition to any library. When looking at one's own county there are still reminders of wonderful days out to be had and all information required to make the trip. The photographs are sensational, inspirational and inviting, flicking through it feels like the best of any top class glossy magazine, a very happy way to spend an hour or two from time to time. I am especially pleased to have a copy as I frequently have guests from abroad who I know will find this a truly useful and comprehensive guide to all that is worth seeing here. I don't think that the book will date much either, these places have been standing for centuries and their web sites will show the most up to date info. All points are covered - collected within this "Britain's Heritage - Open to Visitors" beautiful book. Each place has several paragraphs to introduce you properly and a cleverly designed set of symbols and clear details of opening times so trips can be planned with confidence. Hidden away treasures as well as the more obvious candidates will entice and motivate you to spend time enjoying the most satisfying and interesting of days out.
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