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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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Top 10 National Trails & Where to Stay

It’s only when you try hiking in other countries that you realise how very blessed Britain is with its National Trails. I’ve walked down footpaths in Greece that terminate abruptly in someone’s newly built villa or strolled down footpaths that come to a dead end in America... more

Top 10 Places to See Glorious Floral Displays

Winter be gone! Spring is now fully fledged and in blossom, so get out there and see nature’s glorious floral offerings in ten of our favourite UK gardens…... more

Top 10 Film Location Hotels

My home is in Oxford which can sometimes feel like living in a film set. It’s a familiar experience to find the road you want to walk down closed off by a lighting van and location caterers. But the whole of Britain is a gift to film makers. One reason is the extraordinary... more

There is something about water – lakes, lochs, rivers, and the sea itself - that answers a very deep need in us all. We are drawn to it. We want to swim in it , sail across it or just walk alongside it listening to the sounds of benign burbling. A day spent walking along a... more

10 Great Hotels for Romance this February

I proposed to my first wife above a launderette in Middlesbrough and to my second in the tiny kitchen of my Oxford flat. Neither location was inherently romantic but the end result - in both cases - was positive.

These days however it's becoming common practice to... more

Detox With Less Suffering

Soon it will be New Year and all over the country Drinkcember will give way to the hairshirt self-denial of Dry January. Anything that seemed celebratory over the Christmas period is out, and we will become a nation of herbal tea-drinkers and carrot-stick munchers. If all... more

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

Wedding Trends for 2017

Congratulations! If you're reading this we assume you've recently got engaged and are pondering the vast minefield that is wedding planning! Where to start we hear you say! We promise you that once you have your venue the rest will become easier, so prioritise finding your... more

Top 10 Hotels To Make Christmas Shopping Fun

Christmas shopping shouldn’t be a chore.

Many years ago I worked out there are two ways to make it pleasurable. One is to collect presents for people throughout the year as you see things they’d like. This means that – as long as you can remember where you... 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

Top 10 October Half Term Ideas

Oh no. It seems like we have only just completed the exhausting keep-the-kids-busy-athon that is the summer holidays and now it’s almost time for October half term! Fortunately, we live in a country brimming with fun stuff to do for children so here are our top ten favourite... more

Top 10 Autumn Walks

Autumn is the only British season that gets us all quoting poetry. Keats put it well with his “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” and all those “gathering swallows” twittering in the skies.

Autumn is certainly the time of year that inspires us to put away... more

Top 10 Dog Friendly Hotels

These days our dogs are not just our pets, they are family members. And you wouldn’t want to go away without a member of the family, now would you? Well, there’s actually no need, anyway. Britain’s Finest is packed with places to stay where your pooch is just as welcome as... more

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

Britain's Finest Hotels For Afternoon Tea

In the opening to his novel The Portrait of a Lady, American author Henry James declared, “under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. James then went on to set his perfect scene with... more

10 Britain's Finest Filming Locations

This month Alice through the Looking Glass is released in the UK, yet another British film that makes the most of our countryside and its historic buildings. Not surprisingly a lot of classic hotels have featured in British films too. It’s not uncommon for a film crew to... more

Our pick of the best UK literary festivals

Darlings, forget about those corporate monstrosities known as pop festivals this spring and summer. Those REALLY in the know realise that the literary festival is where all the coolest people go to unwind. Think sunny afternoons sipping spritzers, sporting cream panamas and... more

Best British Hotels for Horse Riding

One of the best ways to see the British countryside – if not the best – is from the back of a horse. The view is different up there, you can see over hedgerows and walls, you can go through fields without getting your feet muddy, and there’s sufficient exercise involved in... 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

Wow your valentine this year with our pick of romantic retreats.

Here we are again; it’s approaching Valentine’s Day and you haven’t planned a thing yet. Don’t worry! We’ve gone all Cupid and picked out our favourite spots to enjoy a touch of romance with your partner this February.... more

Best hotels for a January Detox

After the toxic delights of Drinkcember and our Christmas bacchanalia, comes Dry January and everyone telling us ‘Tis the Season to Detoxify. For many years January was as joyless as a 31-day hangover with nothing pleasurable on our grey wintery horizon except the hope of a... more

10 Hotels for The Best Martinis This Christmas

I’ve long had a theory that there are tribes when it comes to alcohol. There are beer people, there are whisky people, there are white wine people and red wine people (two sub-tribes) and there are gin people. It’s not to do with how much you drink -or being an alcoholic-... more

Festive things to do in London

Yes, yes, we know it’s only November but if you want to enjoy England’s capital city at Christmas then it is wise to book ahead! Somehow London excels itself come December, with hundreds of events and activities to enjoy, from chatting with Santa to boozing in a real ski... more

Top UK hotels to enjoy the Autumn Sun

As the seasons change we often cling on to the last of the summer sunshine. Sometimes I think the British are still pagan, fearing that the shortening of the days means the sun will soon disappear never rise again. While some of us book late summer holidays to cram in a... more

Top ten UK hotels and Inns with cookery classes

Once upon a time a hotel was just somewhere to lay your head if you didn’t have a club to go to or friends in town. Now hotels are visions of a better life, a refuge where we can live in greater luxury than any lord, a building whose decor has cost many millions and where... more