10 must have books for British tourists FEATURE
Each year millions of tourists step foot onto British soil to experience the culture and history of this beautiful land. BritEvents brings you our list of ten must-have books for tourists to Britain.
By Chris Haycock
Britain has some of the most diverse history, heritage, culture and natural wonders in the world.
From medieval castles that are home to royalty, stately homes the size of palaces, sporting events that are envied the world over, through to festivals that celebrate the multicultural diversity of our treasured country.
Its no wonder that millions of visitors arrive on our shores every month to soak up some of the British way of life, and although many have a pretty good idea where they want to visit, there is a wide range of books designed to help visitors plan their visit to Britain. Here are ten must-have books for tourists to Britain:
The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain
A good guidebook for strangers to our country... well laid out and informative.
Touted as a 'modern guidebook to Britain', this book from the famous Reader's Digest organisation reflects the diversity of fascinating places that Britain has to offer.
The book includes the world's best stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral, St Leonard's Church housing 2,000 human skulls, some of Britain's best walks, as well as accompanying maps to help readers find 'The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain'.
"A good guidebook for strangers to our country. Well laid out and informative with some good suggestions for places to visit in our neighbouring counties too - East Anglian Daily Times Magazine"
Amazon Price: £7.94
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Great Britain
This book from experts Dorling Kindersley explores Great Britain region by region, and includes some of the more popular activities for tourists, including taking a flight on the iconic London Eye, through to punting on the river in the pretty university town of Cambridge.
Also included is a handy list of some of the best hotels, shops, restaurants and bars, and a practical guide on making travel arrangements when travelling around Britain.
"DK Eyewitness wins hands down - The Mail on Sunday"
Amazon Price: £9.72
The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain's Countryside
Focuses more on the wide range of fascinating activities outside of our towns and cities.
Another excellent publication from the Readers Digest Team, this book focuses more on the wide range of fascinating activities outside of our towns and cities, to explore the stunning range of countryside that is available in Britain.
The book takes the reader from 'lonely salt-marshes teeming with wildlife to wind-swept mountain peaks towering over forested glens', and is an invaluable companion to tourists wanting to explore the beautiful British countryside.
Effortlessly inspires the reader to visit the stunning range of countryside Britain has to offer. The evocative descriptions, facinating tales and beautiful photographs are truly eye opening. I can't wait to work my way across the British countryside armed with this book. --Outdoor Photography
Amazon Price: £7.94
London: City Guide
Essential guide to over 800 places in London from day trips to some of the capital's amazing architecture.
No visit to Britain is complete without spending some time exploring England's capital city, London.
Even if you've lived in London the whole of your life, it's highly unlikely that you'll get to experience everything that the city can offer, and this book from publisher Lonely Planet is an essential guide to over 800 places in London.
From special day-trips to London's amazing architecture, from pie and mash to literary evenings, the book is incredibly invaluable if you're spending any time in London.
Amazon Price: £7.00
Britain from The Air
Explore some breathtaking photographs of some of Britain's best-loved locations from the air.
Unless you're touring the length of Britain in a small Cessna, it's unlikely that you'll see the beauty of Britain from anything but the pavement or field.
This book lets you explore the breathtaking beauty of some of Britain's best-loved locations from above, giving a new perspective for visitors.
Photographs include the Severn bridges, Hampton Court Maze, and Ben Nevis.
Amazon Price: £17.00
The Rough Guide to Britain
A journey through our history, literature, politics and cultural life.
Another companion for visitors wanting to experience Britain at its best, The Rough Guide to Britain introduces some of our highlights, including our historic castles and stately homes, through to our biggest and best museums and archeological finds, through to the West Highland Railway.
It takes readers on a journey through our 'history, literature, politics and cultural life with increased coverage of outdoor activities and expert background on everything from King Arthur to the Edinburgh festival'.
Amazon Price: £11.09
Sorry, I'm British!: An Insider's Guide to Britain from A to Z
From small-talk to superiority, from the famous stiff upper lip to hooliganism, an entertaining combination of wry comments and fond observations.
A humourous look at the odd characteristics of the Brits, this illustrated guide teaches visitors how the British act and behave.
The book will take you 'From small-talk to superiority, from the famous stiff upper lip to hooliganism, from cricket to condiments, and curry to class, and the sometimes sarcastic, often poetic, generally polite, never boastful but universally proud realm of all that's British - its culture, its institutions and its people'.
'An entertaining combination of wry comments and fond observations. Very handy for Brits and non-Brits alike.' --David Else, author of the Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain
Amazon Price: £7.35
British Language and Culture
Get to grips with the British language and avoid the common misunderstandings that can occur in Britain.
Designed to help visitors get to grips with our language, expressions, culture, cuisine and humour, this book presents a historic look at British English language, and includes jargon, slang words, misinterpretations, and other things that will help visitors avoid the common misunderstandings that can occur on visits to Britain.
This pocket-sized book plunges right into the meaning of scores of colorful but baffling expressions one encounters in British English...' --Chicago Tribune, August 5, 2007
Amazon Price: £3.27
Great British Railway Journeys
An insight into nine classic British railway journeys that expose you to the history and charm of the railway.
Britain isn't exactly word-renowned for its railway journeys - in fact many regular commuters will tell you that we have some of the worst railways in the world.
Nevertheless, there are some real jems when it comes to journeying across the British countryside by train.
This book will give you an insight into many of our railway journeys that's a 'compelling read for all who look forward to travelling by train'.
Authors Charlie Bunce and politician Michael Portillo take readers on nine classic British railway journeys, immersing you in the history and charm of the British rail network.
Amazon Price: £10.40
Great British Pubs
Introducing some of Britain's best pubs, brought to you by experts CAMRA.
After all those journeys by train, tube, bus and coach, it's essential to refuel at a great British pub with a nice pint of something refreshing, ideally something alcoholic!
Written by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), this book is a guide that will introduce you to some of Britain's best public houses, known as the 'pub'.
There are categorised listings of more than two hundred of the finest pubs in Britain, including brewpubs, country pubs, family pubs and community pubs, as well as features on beer, pub history and pub culture.
Amazon Price: £9.49