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Sacred Britain: A Guide to Places That Stir the Soul

Travel Guide

Series: Bradt Travel Guides

By: Martin Symington

214 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps

Bradt Travel Guides

Hardback | Oct 2011 | #191500 | ISBN-13: 9781841623634
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NHBS Price: £16.99 $21/€19 approx

About this book

Britain is packed with places to visit that can be called 'sacred'. Many are tourist sites, such as Iona, Lindisfarne and Stonehenge. Many more are out-of-the-way pilgrimage destinations, druidic circles, holy wells or obscure islands that few people would find without this book. Some are only recognised as 'sacred' by people with a special interest: Karl Marx's tomb in Highgate cemetery or the island on Althorp where Princess Diana is buried.

This book journeys from pilgrimage sites with tombs of martyrs and scenes of medieval miracles to the remote islands of Iona, Bardsey and Lindisfarne, as well as to modern Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic shrines. It visits pre-historic stone circles and ancient chalk hill carvings such as the phallic Cerne Abbas giant. As well as sites of myth, legend, and apparition it covers shrines to philosophers and locations revered for their connections with art, music, literature, sport and crime.

A fascinating take on travel in the British Isles from a guide book publisher sacred to all travellers.
- Sandi Toksvig, author and TV and radio presenter

"Impeccably researched and beautifully written, this is an incredible journey across the length and breadth of the land and down through the mystical ages. A wonderful travel companion for anyone about to embark on their own pilgrimage through sacred Britain."
- Glasgow Herald


Introduction vii

1. London 1
2. Southeastern England 21
3. Southwestern England 45
4. Central and Eastern England 75
5. Northern England 105
6. Wales 147
7. Scotland 171

Appendix 206
A guide to the sacred sites in this guide 206
Sacred tours 209
Index 211

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Martin Symington is a UK-based freelance travel journalist and author. His writing has won many awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers' Travel Writer of the Year in 2005.

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