Fodor's Exploring Britain (4th Edition)

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Overview

Praise for Fodor's Exploring Guides

"Authoritatively written and superbly presented...Worthy reading before, during, or after a trip." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Absolutely gorgeous. Fun, colorful, and sophisticated." — Chicago Tribune

Fodor's Exploring Guides are the most up-to-date, full-color guidebooks available. Covering destinations around the world, these guides are loaded with photos, essays on culture and history, descriptions of sights, and practical information. Full-color photos make these great guides to buy if you're still planning your itinerary (let the photos help you choose!) and they are perfect companions to general guidebooks, like Fodor's Gold Guides.

What to See

  • Extraordinary coverage of history and culture
  • Itineraries, walks and excursions, on and off the beaten path
  • Architecture and art

Where to Stay
  • Quick tips in every price range

Where to Eat
  • Savvy picks for all budgets

The Basics
  • Getting there and getting around
  • When to go, what to pack
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679004738
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/14/2000
  • Series: Fodor's Exploring Guides Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Britain Is... Variety

Britain is by no means a uniform entity: the more you travel around this compact island, the more there is for you to see and enjoy. Within the boundaries of its 88,000 square miles Britain shows an astonishingly rich variety of landscape, architecture, climate, regional accents and cuisine, cultural traditions, social make-up, and economic activity.

Britain constantly reminds us that it is an island. Once a mighty naval power and the center of a huge empire, it still has a rich heritage of its historic past, and plenty of unmistakably British hallmarks. The Industrial Revolution began here, as did punk rock, railways and soccer, and it's only in this country that you will find the quintessentially British village fête complete with striped tents and bring-and-buy stalls, the seaside pleasure pier, the pub, the English stately home in its landscaped park, Scottish haggis, Welsh cakes, and leafy suburbs dotted with Tudor-style semi-detached houses and the odd fish and chip shop. British contributions to world culture include an incomparable and all-embracing literary output, from Shakespeare to Winnie-the-Pooh.

The Diversity

Many newcomers to Britain are surprised by how quickly the urban scene gives way to beautiful urban landscapes. Factors include the compactness of many urban centers, restrictive zoning laws, and the constant variations in the natural environment: low-level arable fens, rolling hedgerow-lined pastures, craggy dales, blustery moorland, post-glacial mountain scenery, and shingle shores.


Britain's major assets for visitors include its sense of history and variety, all of whichare packed into one accessible island where the driving distances are never too long between distinctively different landscapes and cultures.




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Table of Contents

Contents
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Contents Pages
My Britain, by Tim Locke
Britain Is/Britain Was
Discusses aspects of life and culture in contemporary Britain and explores significant periods in its history.
A-Z
Breaks down the country into regional chapters, and covers places to visit, including walks and drives. Within this section fall the Focus On articles, which consider a variety of subjects in greater mdetail.
London
Walks
Covent Garden, Royal London, and Westminster
Along the South Bank to Tower Hill
The West Country
Focus On
The North Cornish Coast
The South Cornish Coast
English Place-names
Walks
West Country Walks
Bath
Drive
Thomas Hardy Country
Southern England
Focus On
Seaside Resorts
Houses of the Weald
Walks
Southern England Walks
Drive
The Weald
The Heart of England
Focus On
The Cotswolds
Ironbridge Gorge
The Canal System
Walk
Oxford Walk
Drive
The Cotswolds
Eastern England
Focus On
The North Norfolk Coast
Preserving the Landscape
East Anglia's Artists
Walk
Cambridge Walk
Drive
Constable Country
Wales
Focus On
The Valleys
Welsh Culture and Politics
Walks
Wales Walks
Drive
Snowdonia National Park
Northwest England
Focus On
The Lake District
Revitalizing the Cities
Port Sunlight
Walks
Northwest England Walks
Drive
The Lakes
NortheastEngland
Focus On
The Brontës
Walks
Northeast England Walks        
York City Highlights
Drive
The Yorkshire Dales
Southern Scotland
Focus On
Clans and Tartans
Walks
Southern Scotland Walks
Edinburgh Walk
Drive
The (Scottish) Borders
Northern Scotland
Focus On
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Highland Land Use
Walks
Northern Scotland Walks
Drives
Loch Ness and the Black Isle
Oban and Argyll
Travel Facts
Accommodations and Restaurants
Index
Maps and Plans

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