Rick Steves Britain and Ireland Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of Britain and Ireland's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves London, Ireland, and Scotland guidebooks. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Ireland: Dublin City Walk 1 — South Bank
Part one of a two-part walking tour takes you through the south end of Dublin's center, covering Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Grafton Street, and more. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Ireland: Dublin City Walk 2 — O'Connell Street
Part two of a two-part walking tour covers the north end of Dublin's center, with sights recalling Ireland's fight for independence — including grand O'Connell Street, the historic General Post Office building, and more. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
England: Westminster Walk
This quick nine-stop walk gives you a whirlwind tour as well as a practical orientation to London in about an hour. The walk begins on Westminster Bridge and ends at Trafalgar Square, with stops along the way at the Statue of Boadicea, Parliament Square, Whitehall, Cenotaph, #10 Downing Street and the Ministry of Defense, Banqueting House, and Horse Guards. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
England: Historic London — "The City"
This two-mile walk from Trafalgar Square to London Bridge parallels the Thames, on the same main road used for centuries. Along the way, you'll see sights from The City's storied past, such as St. Paul's Cathedral, historic taverns, and narrow alleyways with faint remnants of the London of Shakespeare and Dickens. Allow about three hours for this walk. Don't forget to download the handy PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
England: St. Paul's Cathedral
In this one-hour tour of St. Paul's Cathedral (two if you climb the dome), military buffs will find memorials to many great wars and their war heroes and dome-climbers will be rewarded with expansive views over London's skyline. Don't forget to download the handy PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
England: British Library
The British Empire built its greatest monuments out of...paper. In this hour-long tour, we'll concentrate on a handful of documents — literary, historical, and musical — that changed the course of history. Don't forget to download the handy PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Would Give it 6-Stars If I Could
Few things make life more worth living than travel and art, and Rick Steves is ultimate guide and teacher. These brilliantly narrated tours will deeply enrich your understanding, helping you to get the absolute most out of your experience. I only wish I had these the first time I went to London. And the next time I'm there, I'll use them all!
If you've not been to London, these episodes will make you feel like you are there. If you've been before, they'll call to mind the best of what the city has to offer. And if you are longing to go, these will have you booking tickets and making reservations at the B & B.
Please, Sir, I want some more.
Not as good as being there, but hey.
I've never made it to London and it's not looking like I will anytime soon. But Rick Steves is very good at what he does, and if this is as close as I get, I can live with that. I have a good imagination, and he does a great job of painting pictures for it.