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Last updated February 07, 2016. 

U.K. and Ireland Travel Guides
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Lonely Planet Great Britain
"This comprehensive guide to England, Scotland and Wales covers all the great sights, but also takes you to less touristed places--quiet country lanes, untouched villages, dramatic coastlines, and forgotten corners."
  • 160 maps, including 12 color maps of London
  • extensive guide to London's cultural and historic sights, nightlife and shopping
  • information on the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • comprehensive guide to British architecture, and glossary of architectural terms
  • notes on British history, literature, theatre, film and music
  • accommodation and eating options for every budget, from camping to historic homes, self-catering to the Ritz
  • 26 pages of color photographs
  • details on public transport and self-drive options
  • welsh language section

I used the 3rd edition of this book as my guide while in Britain.  I spent a couple of hours in my local bookstore before selecting this guide.  Of all the guides I looked at, this one seemed to be the most comprehensive book aimed at students and budget travelers.  It has answered almost all of the questions I had, as well as ones I hadn't even had yet.  One of the things I like best about the guide is that there are lots of maps, which are extremely useful.  On top of everything else, this book is better made than many of the other guides I looked at (nice binding and paper); you won't have to worry about this book falling apart in your backpack.


Lonely Planet Ireland
Typical Lonely Planet quality.  Neatly organized to reveal all the ins and outs of Ireland.  Offers all the information a traveler to Ireland could possibly need.


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