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Travel Ideas

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

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Britain's Finest Gardens - Celebrating Capability Brown

This year we are celebrating the tercentenary of the world’s most famous landscape gardener (no, not Alan Titchmarsh) and here at Britain’s Finest we can think of no better way to mark the genius of Capability Brown than to spend the summer in sensible walking shoes and a... more

Sun tans have faded (along with all those holiday memories) and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us. It’s time to pull on the walking boots, dive into your favourite woolly jumper and go on an autumn walk. Here are our top ten favourite places to kick up... more

If you think winter gardens are all bleak, barren and lifeless, think again. Those who brave the cold conditions are rewarded with ruby red berries, exquisite white birch and, as winter unfolds, the first glimpse of the delicate snowdrop. And it’s not just the flora that’s... more

You can’t beat an autumn walk. Pull on your boots, throw on a big chunky scarf and escape outside to watch the sun dance across a kaleidoscope of scarlet reds, burnt orange and golden hues. Whether you want to wander beneath ancient towering trees; blow away the cobwebs on a... more

As British summers go – this one has been pretty epic! Without the torment of torrential rain, the whole country has been basking in blue skies and glorious sunshine. It’s only natural for us to want to eke out every last drop, so pull on your sunglasses and get yourself... more

When the summer sun sits high in the sky, is there anywhere better to be than in the bucolic surroundings of a beautiful garden? Perhaps you just fancy nosing around someone else’s flowerbeds in search of inspiration for your own little Eden, or you’re just keen to enjoy the... more

Step away from the socks. Yes, dads can be a nightmare to buy for, but why not up the ante this Father’s Day and spoil yours with a day to remember? From clay pigeon shooting in the Hampshire countryside; to honing his swirl, sniff and slurp technique under London Bridge -... more

In days gone by, most grand houses had a kitchen garden, which supplied the household with veg, herbs, fruit and cut flowers. Many of them are still in existence, although they're more likely to supply the cafe or farm shop these days. They're worth a visit in their own... more

Take the kids to a historic house? Are we insane? Far from it, for while there may well be stuffy stately homes where children are as welcome as the plague, a new breed of enlightened custodians are doing everything they can to entice families to visit. The best serve up a... more

If you’re in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turrets and spires, and the fairytale castle perched... more

Come February 2014, that first soul-reviving, glimpse of spring can be galvanised by a delicate snowdrop - transforming a sparse winter woodland floor into a beautiful sea of white. Dusk and dawn create the perfect light to see snowdrops in all their glory, perfect for... more

At this time of year the last thing you might want do is visit a garden – there will be nothing to see, surely? But make the effort and you’ll be surprised. There’s much more to gardens in winter than snowdrops, lovely as they are. You’ll be amazed at just how much colour... more

For centuries the Isle of Wight has been a favourite with those who simply like to be beside the sea, as well as those who prefer to be away out on it, cresting the waves in a sailing boat. These days the island lures just as many cyclists and ramblers as beach lovers and... more

As I’m sure you don’t need reminding, summer in Britain can be rather hit and miss. Autumn, however, often brings some of our best weather, and as the leaves turn, it’s reliably spectacular too. It’s the ideal time to get out outside while you still can and enjoy the fiery... more

Britain's gardens frequently play host to film makers – not only do they usually have a splendid house attached, but they offer stunning backdrops too. Historic gardens and period dramas go together like scones and jam, and several gardens have featured in Jane Austen... more

There are hints of spring for ages – a snowdrop here, a crocus there... And then - whoosh! - It all finally happens. Seemingly overnight, trees are dripping in blossom, gardens are awash with daffodils and tulips, and every shade of green unfolds. I’m always amazed by the... more