The name says it all. This comprehensive guide to heritage properties in Great Britain and Ireland is like having a Bible in your hand. The lavishly illustrated (over 1000 photos) annual guide is large and heavy to cart around.
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Nevertheless, it's like owning a gold mine. Inside you'll find nuggets of information-listings of properties to visit from the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, CADW and Historic Scotland.
Opening hours, directions to the homes, telephone numbers and names for contact are just part of the information available. Each entry gives a description of the property and its highlights and several properties are featured in longer articles.
Also helpful are the listing of the homes' web sites, those that are open all year, wedding and corporate venues, those that provide accommodation, and even a list of places where movies were filmed.
There is a listing of special events held at the sites if you want to schedule visits around them.
The detailed index and colored side-of-book index make entries easy to find.
Hudson's is the official reference guide used in the Tourist Information Centres in Britain, and it is easy to see why. This superlative book is the essential guide for independent travelers. Don't leave home without it.
Published by Norman Hudson & Co.
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