Top 10 Guidebooks for Planning a Budget Trip to Britain

We love travel guidebooks – it’s so much fun to page through them and plan our trips. We’ve bought most of the British related travel guidebooks at one point or another so we’ve got a working knowledge of which ones are worth the money.

So, to help our fellow Budget Britain travelers, we thought we’d put together a list of our favorite Budget Britain Guidebooks.

Frommer’s Britain For Free: Great Days Out That Won’t Break The Bank

Packed with over 300 inspiring attractions, this book shows you how to get the most out of your free time – without spending a penny. The authors have trailed the length and breadth of Britain (with children in tow) to track down and test the best attractions, and undiscovered experiences. Britain for Free is an inspiring, funny and honest account of the best of Britain’s museums, parks, galleries, wildlife, eccentricities and downright oddness.

Frommer’s Britain For Free: Great Days Out That Won’t Break The Bank – Buy on Amazon

Let’s Go Budget London: The Student Travel Guide

Let’s Go Budget London is a budget traveler’s ticket to getting the most out of a trip to London—without breaking the bank. Whether you want to experience the breathtaking views from the Golden Gallery of St. Paul’s Cathedral, watch free speech in action at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, or chow down on some authentic pub grub, this slim, easy-to-carry guide is packed with dollar-saving information to help you make every penny count. Let’s Go Budget London also includes neighborhood maps to help you get oriented, plus eight pages’ worth of color photos to whet your appetite for sightseeing. From how to get discount tickets for museums, performances, and public transportation to where to find cheap eats and affordable accommodations, Let’s Go Budget London has got you covered—and it’s small enough to fit in your back pocket.

This title will be released in February 2012.

Let’s Go Budget London: The Student Travel Guide

Rick Steves’ London 2012

I will not travel anywhere in Europe with Rick Steves’ Handbooks in my luggage. His down to earth attitude and unique travel philosophy always brings joy to travel. If you’re only going to London his London Guidebook is a must even for the budget conscious traveller as it’s kept up to date with travel tips and the latest London prices.

Rick Steves’ London 2012 – Buy on Amazon

Rick Steves’ Britain 2012

If you plan to go beyond London – then we recommend getting his guidebook to all of Britain. Much of the travel advice is the same it just covers a wider area. There’s no need to buy both his Britain and London guidebooks if you’re travelling outside of London.

Rick Steves’ Great Britain 2011 with map – Buy on Amazon

Independent Travellers Britain & Ireland

Independent Travellers Britain and Ireland is a route-based budget travel guide that selects the best public transportation routes to follow, cities to visit, and unspoilt scenery to explore. It covers London’s cosmopolitan heart to the gentle scenery of the Lake District, including more rugged Scottish Highlands and islands, and hauntingly beautiful west coast of Ireland. Drawing on the Thomas Cook European Timetable for public transportation information, it describes popular routes with practical travel timings, and suggests detours and alternative destinations. The book is a little old (it came out in 2006) but it’s still a great resource.

Independent Travellers Britain & Ireland 2006: The Budget Travel Guide (Independent Travellers – Thomas Cook) – Buy on Amazon

The Rough Guide to England

“The Rough Guide to England” is the definitive guide to this fascinating country with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions in England. Discover England’s highlights with stunning photography and information on everything from how best to explore England’s beautiful countryside to the country’s rich collection of castles, cathedrals and prehistoric remains, with plenty of offbeat attractions along the way. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in England, relying on up-to-date reviews of the best hotels and restaurants, the most authentic pubs and clubs, and the most exciting activities and experiences. Accurate maps and comprehensive practical information help you to explore every corner of this superb country, whilst stunning photography and a full-colour introduction make “The Rough Guide to England” your ultimate travelling companion. Make the most of your trip with “The Rough Guide to England”.

The Rough Guide to England (Rough Guide England) – Buy on Amazon

Lonely Planet England

You can’t go wrong with a Lonely Planet country guide! We love the Lonely Planet series!

Lonely Planet England (Country Travel Guide) – Buy on Amazon

Let’s Go London, Oxford, Cambridge & Edinburgh: The Student Travel Guide

Yards of ale, a round of single malts, a boisterous reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and a rousing round of “God Save The Queen”—all before midnight? Sounds like you’ve found yourself a copy of Let’s Go London, Oxford, Cambridge & Edinburgh. For nearly a thousand years, students from every corner of the globe have made the pilgrimage to these academic meccas. Between pints and televised football matches among jolly locals in historic pubs, our researchers have scoured the quiet courtyards, cobblestone alleys, and echoing passageways of the UK’s most magnificent universities to bring you everything but the courseload.

Let’s Go London, Oxford, Cambridge & Edinburgh: The Student Travel Guide – Buy on Amazon

Frommer’s London Free and Dirt Cheap

London Free & Dirt Cheap, 1st edition, offers the latest information from the days and times of free admission to museums and other cultural institutions, to detailed information on the cheapest places to stay, to eat, and how and where to find discounts. Free music, readings, theatre, films and classes are available if you know where to look. This guide will offer readers a multitude of choices, insider’s knowledge, local short-cuts and tips to maximise their time in the city. From North to South London and along the river, this guide will explore shopping, eating, drinking, museums, theatre, monuments, readings, classes, gigs, parks and playgrounds, film, sport and much more to give visitors the inside track on getting the most for their buck. For residents, this guide will open up their doorstep to help them explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the city and how to keep their wallet firmly in their pocket.

Frommer’sLondon Free and Dirt Cheap (Frommer’s London Free & Dirt Cheap) – Buy on Amazon

Lonely Planet Edinburgh

A great guide to what to see and do in Edinburgh Scotland on a budget – another great Lonely planet guide!

Lonely Planet Edinburgh Encounter – Buy on Amazon

What’s your favorite Budget Britain Guidebook? Let us know in the comments!

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