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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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In recent years budget hotel chains have been keen to talk up their attractiveness to business travellers. However, anyone who has tried to prepare for an important meeting with a night on a small bed in an airless room listening to stag and hen parties maraud up and down... 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 me, the West Country begins in Bath and extends down to Bristol and into Somerset. It’s an area of beautiful cities and gentle countryside framed by the M4 to the north and the M5 to the west. As soon as you leave either, you’re into a gentler way of life, a landscape... more

Get active in Scotland, amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. Whether you want to set your pulse racing by careering down a mountain slope on a bicycle, or enjoy some quiet contemplation on a riverbank waiting for the one who got away, this country’s charming... more

From a first date in a glam hotel, via a Valentine’s night in a country mansion, to a chic honeymoon off the Cornish coast, I’ve scoured the UK to find the ultimate romantic retreats for the early years of a relationship. Designed to help ease those all-important decisions,... more

It's January and we all feel the pinch a bit after the season's spending spree. Still going out for a delicious meal is a treat you should allow yourself. Michelin-starred food need not set you back the earth. All the restaurants below have excellent value menus available... more

There's no getting away from it, after an indulgent December full of over-eating, too much drinking, late nights and no exercise, most of us need to kick-start the new year with a detox. But that's hard! So make it easy on yourself; gently ease into a healthier new year by... more

Stop! Step away from that tree and abandon those shopping bags, for now t’is the season to be merry. In just a few sleeps you will find you have lost your home to Santa, your mind to the children and your arm inside a turkey. So, make the most of this calm before the storm... more

The dark nights have set in and the snow has started falling but Christmas is the time for festive fun with friends. So pull on those boots, dig out that scarf and get ready to party. My essential guide to the best hotel bars for seasonal gatherings in London reveals... more

Dispel the preconception that spas are an indulgent luxury out of reach of mere mortals. Thanks to Britain’s Finest, your spa time needn’t be a splurge given the veritable crush of special deals offering a good dose of downtime. Banish the winter blues and embrace the warmth... more

Until the nineteenth century Wales was underpopulated and undervisited. Consequently it never developed a sequence of coaching inns as in England. Tourist hotels when they came to Wales arrived with the railways, large Victorian structures many of which have since been... more

The borderland between Scotland and England takes in Hadrian’s Wall, the fortified city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and many well-defended manor houses. This was for centuries a ‘No Man’s Land’, open, wild and dangerous as armies campaigned and raiders made off with cattle. In... 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

As the cold and wet weather descends, our skin is under pressure from the environment. Going from the dehydrating centrally-heated indoors to bitterly-cold skin-chapping outdoors can take a toll. So change up your spa routine to include a moisturising facial and fight back... 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

In the days when Britain's trade was almost exclusively with Europe this country's east coast ports were important and wealthy. Some of the merchant towns like Lavenham (which has three of Britain's Finest hotels in close proximity to each other) have hardly changed since... more

Ten of Britain’s Scariest Attractions

It’s that time of year when Britain embraces it’s dark and gruesome past - from beheaded queens and killer surgeons to haunted castles and bricked-up bodies. Those with a nervous disposition should draw the curtains and hibernate, whilst the rest of us step out into the cold... more

Christmas shouldn’t be a slog. Why slave over a hot stove when you could be indulging yourself with a long lie-in and a bit of gift unwrapping before taking your seat at a well-dressed table for a slap up gourmet Christmas lunch? Plenty of hotels will wrap up the whole... more

It seems impossible to imagine but sometimes, even the most avid spa-bunny gets jaded. Bored of the same massage, facial or wrap routine, they long for a change of pace. Or perhaps you're stuck in a rut and want to try something new on the treatment menu but you're not too... more

For those wanting culinary sophistication but in a country setting, a short train ride or car journey can bring you to some superb establishments within an hour or so from London. All the restaurants below combine pretty countryside locations with Michelin-starred cooking.... more

The rain has arrived, the leaves have definitely fallen and we’ve all but forgotten even where we went on our summer holidays here at Britain’s Finest Towers. Surely it’s time to start thinking about a winter break, yes? The good news is that there are tonnes of hotels on... more

Gloucester is the UK's Cotswold County with strings of charming villages built out of this mellow limestone. The wool industry has been kind to Gloucestershire leaving behind lots of attractive, pre-industrial towns and the Regency spa city of Cheltenham, a rival in... more

The historic wealth of the north of England has given rise to some beautiful cities and also swathes of country houses, many of which have been converted into hotels. I used to live near the North York Moors and found exploring Helmsley, Harrogate and York itself a great way... more

The Top Ten Restaurants to Take the Kids

There's nothing worse that walking into your hotel's restaurant with the kids in tow and realising you have brought along some very unwanted guests. But it doesn't have to be that way. Britain's hoteliers are wising up to the power of the parent pound and subsequently there... more

A well chosen bottle of wine can lift a great meal to a truly memorable one. A good wine list can be one that is so extensive it runs to several volumes or a much shorter document that contains a range of well chosen, interesting and good value bottles. Although home grown... more