Ireland Baedeker Guide (Baedeker Guides)
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Baedeker Ireland is packed with detailed information, covering all the sights from A-Z with 3D illustrations, background texts on history, art and culture, religion and more, invaluable practical advice, special features, 5 recommended tours, Baedeker tips and a fully indexed, pull-out map. At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 150 detailed recommendations, written by experts. From the vibrant metropolis of Dublin to the ancient monasteries and Stone Age relics, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key sights in perspective and include the prehistoric tomb, New Grange and the mighty 12th century cathedral on the Rock of Cashel brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover Ireland's fascinating and turbulent history, tracing key events from the first settlements in County Derry to the conflict in Northern Ireland and much much more. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that give a rare glimpse into everyday life and throughout the guide you will find answers to Ireland's more intriguing cultural questions such as 'Why is the shamrock the national symbol?' and 'Who is said to be the father of the Irish Republic?'. A comprehensive Practicalities chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, money and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for travellers with disabilities and those travelling with children. It reveals when and where you can catch festivals, holidays and events throughout the year and also highlights where the best national parks and beaches can be found. There are plenty of Baedeker tips alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, along with 39 detailed maps and plans within the text that clearly pin-point the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 5 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of this beautiful and diverse country. Whether you want to enjoy the spectacular and rugged coastline, tranquil fishing villages or the vibrant, these specially selected driving tours can be explored at your own pace depending on the time you have available. Top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them. All of this invaluable information is contained within a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather. Baedeker: setting a new standard in 21st century travel guide publishing.