Lonely Planet Wales (Travel Guide) Paperback – 21 Jan 2011
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What I found most annoying is that most places are described as dull, or of no interest (what's the point of including them in the guide then?!) and there are supposedly "funny" comments such as "Hello. My name is Newport and I'm a bit of a dump" (p.106). And the paragraph goes on like that to say that now the situation has improved... Besides finding similar comments often inappropriate, I don't care what the author likes or dislikes: I want to be able to judge by myself, especially because we figured out right away that the places the authors recommended the most were the ones we liked the least.
Very commercial places are praised, whereas more beautiful off-the-beaten-path places are not included or not recommended if mentioned.
I found this guidebook incredibly bad and I have the feeling that it's mostly because the travelling style of the authors is really different from ours. Still, I had never come across such an opinionated travel writing in a guidebook. Save the money and try some other guidebook.
I like the tell-it-how-it-is attitude displayed in the text, and perhaps a future edition will tidy up the errors in what would otherwise be a five-star book.
2. Phone numbers of sites are without prefix, if you're not local you will never know how to call them.
3. Importent sites are missing (even when there is a review of the area, somethimes it just doesn't direct you where to go).
4. Cheap editing, the editor wanted the earn few extra pence and gathered the pictures into groups of pages. The outcome - you can read about a place and then try to find a picture somewhere in the book, if there is one (instead of having the picture next to the site description). I wouldn't mind to pay an extra pound in order to see where I'm going...
Luckily, I have found few nice places online and the most importene thing - the Welsh have very good information centres accross the country with loads of leaflets and guides.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I went driving around wales and this was of great help but I'd rather have a traditional version of the guide and not the "discovery" one. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2012 by Nelson L.
Used this book on a 5-day tour of North Wales. Found all the information in it I expected. The book gives a good overview of things to see and do in Wales.Published on 1 May 2012 by Henrik Behrndt
A fair book for those intending to tour Wales but not as well written or as comprehensive as the "Rough Guide" to Wales, which has far more information for the first time and... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by C. Evans