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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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Best Burns Night Parties & Where to Stay

Just recovered from the Christmas festivities? Having a dry January? Well, you'll have to stop all that nonsense because its Burns Night! Pack some alka seltzer, throw some thermals in a case and make a weekend of it at any of the hundreds of special events around Britain... more

Top 10 Places For Bonfire Night

Who doesn’t have fond memories of writing your name in the air with a sparkler, almost losing a tooth chomping toffee apples and getting a too-hot face after standing perilously close to the bonfire? Yay, it’s almost Bonfire Night! Here are our top ten places to ooh and aah,... more

Accommodation near activities for kids

If you’re going on a family holiday, for a perfect time away it’s good to choose accommodation that is near really great activities for kids. You may have selected the best accommodation in the world for your next break, but if the nearest fun children’s distraction is a... more

Half-term holidays can drag pretty endlessly if you’ve nothing planned – as well I know, being a mum of two young children who need running like terriers every day and are climbing the walls after more than a few hours stuck in the house. The answer? Plan a week away... more

Who wants to spend Christmas making beds up, cremating turkeys and following complicated Jamie Oliver recipes? If you think you have been taken for a yule fool too long, let someone else do all the hard work this year...... more

“What shall we do for New Year’s Eve this year?” My husband asks me routinely each December. Whether you turn into a party animal or prefer quiet gatherings with loved ones come December 31, deciding where to kick off the coming year can be a tricky task. Here’s my ten... more

My lords, ladies and gentlemen, with the new series of ITV's hugely popular Downton Abbey upon us the appetite for squabbles in the scullery, inappropriate dress codes at dinner and class warfare is set to go through the palace roof. Among the decadent costumes and... more

What’s your idea of the perfect autumn break? A cosy bolthole serving good food and wine, where you can pull up an armchair by a roaring log fire and watch the weather close in beyond the windowpane? A quaint country cottage where you and your loved one can shut the door on... more

As the sun begins to set on one of the hottest summers in recent years, pack your shorts for the final time and indulge in a last holiday hurrah. From the coast to the country, there’s ample excuse to luxuriate in the warm rays and long days left ahead. Whether it’s a group... more

England’s largest county and, depending on who you listen to, apparently God’s own county, too; Yorkshire’s blessed with some of the UK’s finest countryside, and boasts no less than three National Parks (North York Moors; Yorkshire Dales and parts of the Peak District).... more

Sorting out a UK holiday with a group of friends is always time consuming: finding somewhere large enough and stylish enough to meet everyone’s demands can take ages. In younger years it’s all about booking a cool place to crash with entertainment on the doorstep, but as... more

There’s no denying it, choosing the perfect getaway can be downright stressful. First you have to decide where to go… then there’s the whole hotel/self-catering/B&B dilemma to deal with. But what if you could just select a top-notch location and then take your pick of... more

From the second our dashing prince presented the nation with Kate, the tides turned. Up went the bunting, out came the union jacks, Britain’s streets became one big party to celebrate the fairy-tale union. Now, with the royal baby’s arrival upon us, it’s time to celebrate... more

Ten Places to Stay for Animal Lovers

Did you know, animals are good for you. It’s a fact that our furry and feathered friends can encourage instant relaxation, for adults and children alike. So why not make them part of your holiday? There are plenty of places around the UK where you can enjoy encountering... more

Grab your wellies, we’re off to a country show. Britain is fit to burst with rural celebrations throughout spring and summer, offering lungfuls of fresh air and an insight into country traditions. And these days they offer more than the chance for the nation’s agricultural... more

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside - lakes, lochs and rivers, too. For, a watery theme can add a splash of something special to a holiday, whether you’re heading to the countryside or the coast, romancing your honey or entertaining the kids. Do you fancy jumping in the... more

Ten of the Best Dog-friendly Self-Catering Properties

Why not take a holiday with your four-legged friend? From stylish contemporary pads to cosy farm cottages, there’s plenty of self-catering accommodation across Britain where responsible owners and their amiable pooches are welcome. Some properties have resident dogs that... more

As one of Britain’s most-loved holiday destinations, Cornwall lures flocks of families to its sandy beaches, rugged coastline and rolling moors. And where once the bucket-and-spade brigades were put up in chintzy cottages and dowdy hotels, these days there’s a choice of... more

It’s not too late to take a break this Easter, there are still some charming self-catering properties available to book while school is out. Plus, there’ll be plenty of fun for all the family wherever you choose to go. For Easter marks the beginning of the holiday season -... more

The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun. So, how will you be seeing out the old year and bringing in the new - how about a get-together? There’s still just enough time to book a venue where you can bring together friends and family for some fun. Take a look at these... more

Top 5 Self-Catering Properties for Christmas

Thinking of getting family and friends together for Christmas? Leave the blow-up beds in the loft and organise a proper seasonal break for your loved ones. Whether you want the whole gang under one roof, or think relationships might benefit from a degree of separation,... more

What could be better than a staycation by the sea? You’re well away from the hustle and bustle of the city, ready to discover the many delights of the coast: whether bracing walks taking in the salty sea air, visiting a quaint resort, indulging in a watersport, sampling the... more

Suffolk lies at the heart of East Anglia, yet is within easy reach of London by road and rail. As a destination for short breaks to suit all the family it ticks all of the boxes – from country hotels to old-fashioned guest houses, traditional seaside towns to high-tech theme... more

The candlelit bath is running, the bed’s covered in rose petals and the champagne is on ice... oh and the little one is screaming her heart out in the corner. A romantic break with the kids in tow? Impossible. Not any more, here I reveal the best UK breaks to entertain your... more