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Lonely Planet guide to Britain praises cities – but labels them overpriced

May 11 2011

Lonely Planet guide to Britain praises cities – but labels them overpriced
The latest edition of Lonely planet’s Great Britain travel guide is effusive in its praise for Edinburgh, which it described as “one of the world’s most fascinating cities.”

Singling out Edinburgh Castle the report noted the historic fortification was “one of Scotland’s most atmospheric, most popular – and most expensive – tourist attractions.”

Its west coast arch rival meanwhile was labelled as a “byword for style” which “defines urban renewal”.

Despite a spartan development pipeline the guide claimed the city was “evolving at a dizzying pace”, adding that Glasgow was “unpretentious” and blessed with “enormous vigour”..

The guide noted that the inherent charm of Britain’s cities came despite the exorbitant cost of travel, accommodation and admission in relation to rival destinations on the continent.

It wasn’t all sweetness and light within the tomes pages however with the reports authors observing: “While they(the reviewers) found some fantastic places, there were many which were over-priced or lacking in quality.

“Unfortunately at a time when everyone is in desperate need of a great value summer getaway some of Britain’s tourism industry just doesn’t deliver."

Inverness had to make do with its description as “worth a visit”.

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