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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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Once upon a time summer time in Britain was synonymous with coastline for most of us. From June till the end of August steam trains delivered families to busy seaside railway stations all over Britain. I remember that the first sight of the Irish Sea, North Sea or English... more

When it comes to fun family outings and attractions, Britons are spoilt for choice with hundreds of fabulous amusement parks, zoos, museums, historical sites and outdoor activities to wear your little tikes out. It’s hard to pick our favourites, but here are ten we love with... more

There are still some countries in Europe where dining rooms hide the fact that they are part of a hotel. It’s taken the Italians in particular decades to accept that one can dine well in a hotel. Even so they usually still give the restaurant a different name from the hotel.... more

Britain's Top 10 Cycling Hotels

Dare we utter these words… winter is over! Cyclists everywhere are abandoning their triple-therm gloves and hats, peeling off some of the lycra layers and itching to get out into the countryside for some serious biking. And even if you aren’t one of the mudguard mafia,... more

Not long ago taking a room over a pub was what the traveller did if there were no hotel or boarding house nearby. In the twenty-first century however the British pub with rooms has taken off as a place to stay. The transformation began when pubs opened their doors to a wider... more

The world is far too full of cookie cutter hotels so this month we thought we would celebrate the different, the quirky and the sweetly unusual in our ten fave accommodation options round up. Who said sharing the bar with cats was odd…... more

The big transition from one year to the next is essentially an arbitrary matter. One day we are in this year and the next day we're in another but they're still just two 24 hour days. Nevertheless New Year carries huge significance, it is also an opportunity to take stock,... more

10 of the Best New Year's Eve Hotels

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve can be a terrible let down if you haven’t arranged something special. Soggy mince pies at the neighbour’s, anyone? Treat yourself to a great start to 2018 with a New Year’s Eve getaway at a luxury hotel, why don’t you? Here are ten spots that’ll... more

10 of My Favourite Hotel Bars

Cocktail bars, as opposed to pubs and private drinking clubs, used to be very much a big-city phenomenon in Britain, but the modern hotel has brought what was once a very exclusive drinking experience within reach of most of us.

It was London’s Savoy that first... more

The Best British Festivals this October

Traditionally summer is when the British go to festivals. Shortly after World War II Edinburgh’s International Arts Festival made August synonymous with a celebration of culture. Then in 1970 Glastonbury showed that pop festivals were also big business. Ever since, more and... more

Top 10 Places to Stay for the Cheltenham Literary Festival

Fancy hearing what Ian Rankin has to say about his Rebus novels? Or maybe listening in on journalist Emma Freud chatting with actor Bill Nighy? October (6th - 15th) means Cheltenham Literary Festival time – and we’ve got ten lovely little accommodation suggestions in this... more

Top 10 Edinburgh Restaurants

It’s festival time! No, not the ones where you watch Coldplay from two miles away in the drizzle wearing your wellies and eating a £9.50 bag of chips. We mean the Edinburgh Festival, where artists, singers, comedians, actors and every other talent you can imagine converge... more

Top 10 English Seaside Hotels

Summer is finally upon us which means, if you are British, that you’ll probably be thinking of a trip to the seaside. This nation has a curious relationship with our storm-tossed coast. We love it and it in turn has reciprocated over the years by protecting us from many... more

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