Ward Lock travel guides

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Ward & Lock's Illustrated Guide to and Popular History of the Isle of Man, 1883

Ward Lock travel guides or Red Guides (1870s–1970s) were tourist guide books to the British Isles and continental Europe published by Ward, Lock & Co. of London.[1] The firm proclaimed them "amusing and readable" and the "cheapest and most trustworthy guides."[2] To other readers the books were promotional and "rarely critical."[3] Compared to similar late 19th century series such as Methuen & Co.'s Little Guides, the Ward Lock guides emphasized "travel practicalities."[4]

List of Ward Lock guides by geographic coverage[edit]

  • Ward & Lock's Descriptive and Pictorial Guide to the Isle of Man, London: Ward, Lock, and Co., 1883
  • Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to the Channel Islands. 1902.



East Midlands region[edit]

East of England region[edit]

  • Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Felixstowe. 1910.
  • Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Aldeburgh. 1911.

London region[edit]

North East England region[edit]

North West England region[edit]

South East England region[edit]

South West England region[edit]

West Midlands (region)[edit]

Yorkshire and the Humber region[edit]


  • Riviera, Nice, Cannes, Mentone, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Hyères, Genoa, &c.[5]
  • Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to the Channel Islands: with short excursions to Brittany and Normandy. 1902.
  • Guide to Paris and its Environs (7th ed.). Paris: W.H. Smith & Son. 1913.
  • Handbook to Paris and its Environs (11th ed.). London: Ward, Lock & Co. c. 1922.








  1. ^ "Ward Lock & Co's Illustrated Guide Books for Collectors and Enthusiasts". UK: Runela. Archived from the original on November 8, 2005. Retrieved 31 August 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ward & Lock's Tourists' Pictorial Guide Books (advert)", The Athenaeum, 3 June 1882
  3. ^ Fred Gray (2006), Designing the Seaside: Architecture, Society and Nature, Reaktion Books, ISBN 9781861892744
  4. ^ Paul Readman (2005), "The Place of the Past in English Culture c. 1890-1914", Past & Present (186), JSTOR 3600854
  5. ^ a b c d "Ward Lock & Co.,'s Illustrated Guide Books (advert)", Publishers' Circular, 16 April 1892