The Unofficial Guide to Britain’s Best Days Out covers the country’s top theme parks and other attractions. It includes insider tips on how to save time and money, and how to avoid standing in line, and checks out things like eating options, top rides, how to find the best deals and make the most of those precious days out.
Some of Britain’s Best Days Out
So what does this guide cover in weighing up Britain’s best days out? As well as the top theme parks it selects the best castles, museums, farms, aquariums, wildlife parks, train rides, outdoor centres and adventure parks. Some of the very top days out are here, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, the Eden Project, Legoland Windsor, and various Harry Potter movie locations.
What’s Not Included
Unfortunately this edition of the book was published in 2011 and therefore doesn’t include the brand new Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London, which highlights the Making of Harry Potter. There are a few surprises too, as you get in any book of this type. There’s no entry for the British Museum but there are two full pages on the British Lawnmower Museum, in Southport! If you’re staying in London you won’t find anything on the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum either. The London attractions that qualify as ‘best days out’ are only the London Dungeon, London Zoo and the Sea Life London Aquarium. To be fair, the authors say in their introduction that they avoided the big London museums as they are in every guidebook - but so too are the three attractions they did include.
The theme parks and other attractions do get very thorough coverage. Take one of Britain’s most popular - Alton Towers. This gets a massive 34 pages, plus a two-page map. Most of the major attractions do get this kind of space. The descriptions include sections on How to Get There, and Getting Orientated. There are boxes on the rides not to be missed, and the rides covered by the Fastrack option. There’s also a very detailed explanation of how the Fastrack system works, and whether it’s worth paying extra for. You really do get the impression that the authors have spent considerable time at the major theme parks, and worked out the best deals and plans for visitors. Each ride also gets its own section, with a star rating, any height requirements, fright potential, best time to go, how long it lasts, average queue waits, a lengthy description of the ride, and any tips the authors might have. It’s very impressive.
This guide is 474 pages long, and given the information in it we think it’s excellent value for money. The cover price is much less than we expected. At the front is a selection of colour photos of the main attractions, and throughout the book are maps showing where everything is located. The big five theme parks and attractions also have their own maps: Chessington World of Adventure, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers, and Pleasure Beach Blackpool.
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