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on 7 May 2014
An absolute wealth of interesting information. It even told me some things about my
own city/county. I never knew we had county flowers.
Would highly recommend for those interested in visiting landmarks and for learning
about where you live.
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on 9 December 2014
Arrived quickly. A great book
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on 30 December 2009
Although I originally gave this 5 stars and wrote the book is a goldmine of information this was based on it being a coffee-table book. However, if you are touring and want to find things to see or read about things you see it is close to useless. There is no index and facts are all too often placed under inappropriate headings. Apart from basic line-drawn region maps there are no illustrations or diagrams - just lots and lots of words and numbers. The old Shell Guides are still far more useful.
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on 31 December 2009
Good book to keep picking up and reading about places, counties all over the UK
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on 2 June 2012
This is quite a hefty tome with information about every place in UK. Listed alphabetically by counties the detailed objective accounts of even quite small towns/villages are thorough and clear. It lists museums, castles etc to visit, famous people who lived there, population, authorities, country flowers, history and history time-line etc. But the print is small and there are no illustrations. If you do not know which county a place is in, you are somewhat stuck as there is no index. It is very worthy but, if you want something livelier, the Rough Guides may be a better choice. Good value for certain purposes, however, but it may not help you to choose a day out.
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 25 July 2011
This book is a handy size with an abundance of information but devoid of pictures; fair enough, because picture books are easy to find. At first I found the order confusing. The main sections are for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in that order. Within each of those nations, the book is further subdivided by county, but those counties are in alphabetical order (unlike the nations) rather than following any geographical pattern. In many books, Cornwall would be adjacent to Devon, whether before or after. Here, Cumbria and Derbyshire come between them. OK, it is no big deal once you get used to it.

Once you establish which county you want and go there, you'll find a basic map with the main towns and cities marked, along with the district boundaries, rivers and (sometimes) motorways, but not much else. However, the remaining information includes a substantive history of the area and a long list of local tourist attractions (but not hotels and restaurants; you can`t have everything), plus some of the famous people born there.

There is no index, but with as many pages as it has, an index would be unwieldy. This book is useful if you want to find out more about a particular area, rather than looking for where something is. It is not a book to read for fun, but provides an excellent reference.
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VINE VOICEon 7 February 2010
Days out are always tricky to plan, especially if such as the times are, finances are tight. What can you do and what can you see that won't cost you the earth yet give you a special day out? Well worry no more, within this offering is a complete list of places that you can go, sorted by county and alphabetically and will hold some surprises on local options that you may not previously have known about. A great book to help with those days out and one that will be well thumbed on those trips out with my nephew.
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