Review of Marco Polo’s new Guide to Devon and Cornwall 2018

Marco Polo Devon and Cornwall Guide Review 2018

I was recently asked if I would write a review for the new Marco Polo Pocket Guide to Devon and Cornwall. I agreed. Excited that they wanted my opinion and by the prospect of a free book!

Marco Polo Guide to Devon and Cornwall 2018
Marco Polo’s new Guide to Devon and Cornwall stood up to sandy beaches well!

After all my years of travel you might say that I am a bit of a guidebook connoisseur. For me they have to be really practical – getting me from A to B with ease but they also have to be informative and inspire me.

I want to know it all – the history, the insider tips and the off the beaten track places I can discover. Add to all that the fact that I am born and bred in the Cornwall and the new Marco Polo guide book was in for a thorough review!

Marco Polo Devon and Cornwall Guide Review 2018
Some of my less up-to-date guides!

When the book arrived the first thing I noticed (after the delicious new book smell – just me?) was the sturdy cover. You see I need to be able to shove that guide in my pocket or backpack with no worries I am going to bend or rip it. TICK√

Free Touring App

The next thing was that Marco Polo has gone all high tech on me. Along with the book you can also download a free touring app with the maps included and details of the various tours you can take across the two counties. Once you have downloaded the sections you want, it’ll work without Wi-Fi. Which is pretty important for this part of the world if you intend exploring! √√

Marco Polo Devon and Cornwall Guide Review 2018
Took my new book for a little walk

As you would expect from Marco Polo the book is clearly laid out in colour-coded and regional sections. Each with a handy intro to what to expect in that area. For a pocket size version this guide has a surprising amount of information for both Devon and Cornwall. From the best places to eat and stay to snapshots of history and loads of days-out ideas.


There were no surprises for me. The guide includes everything that you would expect (speaking from a Cornish perspective). You’ll find all the most popular, picturesque and must see places but I was delighted to find some added extras too.

Discovery Tours

I particularly liked the Discovery Tours section towards the back of the book, this can be used as is or with the Free Touring App. These tailored routes help you to explore the region by guiding you from one awesome destination to the next. They also include details on cost and how long it should all take you. Some of the routes last a couple of weeks and others are just a fun packed day trip.√√√

Macro Polo Devon and Cornwall Guide 2018
There is a pull out 1:280 000 map included. And I was very pleased to see Eat a Pasty on the dos and don’ts page!

Insider Tips

I also loved the sneaky Insider Tips that pop up throughout the guide. These highlighted little ideas of how to get more out of your day. I thought the sprinkling of Low Budget boxes and the section on FREE things to do were great too. Ideal for families, students or those just feeling less flash with their cash after a visit to the Eden Project!

There are pages dedicated to sports, kids and shopping, food and drink (Gin anyone?) and festivals! See I told you this guide is packing it all in! There is even a page of blogs and useful links where you can get more information – they didn’t seem to include this blog but I am sure that is an oversight!


In conclusion this is a great little guide for anyone planning on visiting Cornwall or Devon on holiday or even if you are living in the area and are looking for some ideas of things to do on your days off. Clear, concise and inspiring. Full of excellent advice and handy insider tips. It may even have inspired me to go and spend a bit more time in Devon! But Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!

You can buy a copy HERE

NB: this is an independent review, I was not paid to write this!

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12 thoughts on “Review of Marco Polo’s new Guide to Devon and Cornwall 2018

    1. Hi Roy,

      Thanks for your feedback. As Elizabeth says, this is a design decision across our whole range of products. Perhaps it makes more sense if you see more covers in context:

      Personally, we think the new look covers bring the guides bang up-to-date. The split line typography is designed to make you look twice and the bright colours aim help you to get in the holiday spirit! But it’s all personal taste / choice of course 🙂

  1. Thanks for the review. I just bought it on your recommendation, but I trust you! It’ll make a useful addition to my guide to the SWCP and other “Day out in Cornwall” type guides that I keep in my flat.

    1. You are very welcome! Really hope you like it – I am feeling under pressure now! 🙂 As I said its perfect for the top sights and attractions but watch this space for the more unusual, quirky stuff that you won’t find in those lovely guidebooks!

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