Rick Steves England

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In Rick Steves England you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:

  • London and Nearby
    • Greater London, including Greenwich and the Docklands
    • Windsor
  • The Southeast
    • Canterbury
    • Dover and nearby
    • Brighton and nearby
    • Portsmouth and nearby
  • Cornwall and Dartmoor
    • Self-guided Dartmoor Joyride
    • Penzance, St. Ives, and the Penwith Peninsula
    • East Cornwall
  • Bath and Nearby
    • Glastonbury and Wells
    • Stonehenge and Avebury
    • Salisbury and nearby
  • Oxford and Cambridge
    • Blenheim Palace
  • Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds
    • Chipping Campden and nearby
    • Stow-on-the-Wold and nearby
    • Moreton-in-Marsh and nearby
  • Warwick and Coventry
  • Ironbridge Gorge
  • Liverpool and Blackpool
  • The Lake District
    • Keswick and the North Lake District
    • South Lake District
  • York and North Yorkshire
  • Durham and Northeast England
    • Hadrian's Wall
    • Beamish Museum
    • Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle
  • Practicalities
    • Self-guided walks and museum tours
    • Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of England, West London, East London, and London's Underground network)
    • ​Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
    • Recommended three-week itinerary and city-specific advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
    • Transportation: Trains, buses, city transit, and driving (including route tips)
    • English history, culture, and cuisine (or at least comfort food)
    • Handy British–Yankee vocabulary list
    • Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints

Is This the Right Book for Me?

What's the difference between this England book and Rick's Best of England guidebook?

Rick Steves England, the complete guide, offers more coverage of more destinations in a mostly black-and-white format.

The shorter Rick Steves Best of England guidebook focuses on England's top destinations and sights, and is in full color.

Both books are packed with hand-picked recommendations and Rick's travel advice and tips for saving time, money, and hassle.

Should I get this England book in addition to Rick's Great Britain guidebook?

If you're just traveling within England on this trip, Rick Steves England is all you're likely to need. But if you're going to Scotland and/or Wales as well, Rick Steves Great Britain is probably the better buy, as it covers most of the same English destinations, plus our favorite places in Scotland and Wales.

If you're going to Scotland as well as some of the destinations that are covered in our complete England book but not covered in the bigger Great Britain book (Canterbury, Dover and Southeast England, Brighton and nearby, Portsmouth, Dartmoor, Cornwall, Oxford, Blackpool, and some of North Yorkshire), you could opt for getting both Rick Steves England and Rick Steves Scotland. (If Edinburgh is your only stop in Scotland, you could instead grab Rick Steves Snapshot: Edinburgh.)

Should I get the London guidebook (or London Pocket guide) in addition to this England guidebook?

If you're spending only a few days in London, Rick Steves England is all you're likely to need.

If, however, you're spending four days or more in London, the extra information in Rick Steves London can be worthwhile. It offers more in-depth sightseeing information, several additional self-guided city walks and museum/sight tours, and more specifics on shopping and nightlife, plus activities for kids. Other information is generally the same — the London chapter of Rick Steves England has nearly all the hotels, restaurants, and nitty-gritty practical advice for London that you'll find in the Rick Steves London guidebook.

It would make less sense to supplement Rick Steves England with the smaller Pocket London guide, which includes just one walk and one museum tour more than what's included in the London chapter of the Rick Steves England guidebook, but otherwise offers far more limited coverage of the city's sights, hotels, and restaurants.