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Travel Ideas

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

For decades spas were places we went to for luxury and pampering – soft lights, sweet music, fragrant smells and Tibetan bells, but these days most of us are looking for a little extra. We want help with aches, pains, bad posture, stress relief, sleep issues plus diet and ... more

To me Wales is synonymous with walking. I was once told the principality would be bigger than England if it were flattened out. Certainly there are plenty of hills to clamber up and valleys to saunter down, something that made Welsh tourism take off big time in the early... more

Yes, it is that time of year again; the sun is out, the airport is calling and the bikini you have been hiding from all year is back with a vengeance. So tan up those legs, tone up that midriff, shift that cellulite and get ready for some poolside posing with the help of my... more

Since the late 80s, London has been growing in stature as a global dining destination. Now, it’s unquestionably one of the most exciting cities to eat out in on the planet and the capital’s chefs are some of the most technically brilliant, innovative, eclectic and talented... more

Yes, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; the Olympics are coming to London. But as the excitement builds a quarter of Londoners are frantically planning to escape the capital in search of rest and relaxation. So if the thought of travel mayhem and overflowing crowds... more

Gone are the days of the archetypal hen night when girls staggered around town in pink tutus and L plates. Today’s brides are looking for something different and choosing sophisticated breaks that will give them quality time and fun with their close friends. Activities from... more

Themed weddings are becoming more popular with couples who want to give their wedding an unusual and exclusive feel. They can reflect a couples dreams, aspirations, interests and personalities and above all can be fun! With a themed wedding is vital to choose the right venue... more

Your wedding reception is a wonderful time for celebration when you greet and entertain your friends and family for the first time as Mr and Mrs. So, the venue you choose needs to reflect your personalities, aspirations and what memories you want to carry away from this... 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

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Whether you want to impress a contact you’re meeting for the first time, or you need a quiet table to discuss the details of a deal, or you want somewhere to take your colleagues and celebrate, picking the right venue for a business lunch is a major decision. And with so... more

Where do broken hearts go? I suggest if they’re in need of a little TLC then a trip to one of Britain’s spas is the antidote. Up and down the country, spas are serving as welcome retreats for the relationship weary, offering the distance, distraction and indulgence injured... more

Britain’s national parks offer a startling variety of landscapes encompassing the countries largest mountains and broadest lakes, rolling moorlands and table-flat wetlands. For nature-lovers they’re a haven, for the outward-bound they’re a playground, and they all provide... more

Britain leads the pack when it comes to animal attractions. Not only are its zoos and conservation centres some of the finest and most respected in the world, but its range of fur- and feather-inspired days out covers everything from eccentric farm parks to wild swan... more

Although the moment you say “I do” is the most important part of your wedding day, the place where you choose to hold the biggest party of your life to celebrate your partnership with your friends and family is just as important. A magnificent stately home, a romantic... more

Britain's Top Ten Bling Spa Treatments

Newsflash ladies, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. Well, diamonds, chocolate, crystals and caviar that is. You see, all these sweet treats are bursting goodness... Honey is a saviour for spot prone skin and as for chocolate not only does it release a natural high... more

The enjoyment of a great meal out with a few glasses of wine can be immeasurably increased by delaying the journey home by a night or two. No worrying about catching the last train home, or being the designated driver. Breaking the journey also allows you to be more... more

Some of Scotland’s historic houses are also home to fine art collections. Many of these palatial piles rose up over the course of the 18th century, reflecting a more stable, enlightened and prosperous Scotland. The architect and designer brothers, Robert and William Adam,... more

Britain is full of old manor houses and monasteries that have been turned into hotels, as well as coaching inns that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Some historic hotels – like the Randolph in Oxford – were purpose-built but the majority are conversions, and are... more

Finding an attraction that will keep the whole family occupied, from a three year old to the grandparents is what this list is all about. Some of the attractions are all-day affairs, for others a few hours is sufficient. They all offer good value for money. Family tickets... 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

As if the gorgeous beaches weren’t enough, Cornwall also has a whole host of children’s attractions that will keep little ones busy year round. So whether you’re a local looking for something a bit different at the weekend or a holidaymaker exploring the area, read on for my... more

Hampshire is hot right now. Its handful of uber-sexy boutique hotels, with sumptuous spas to match, are coaxing discerning folk away from the big smoke and into the ‘green county’. Beyond the five-star luxury, you can explore elegant historic houses that inspired books and... more

Your honeymoon is something you will remember for the rest of your life. The beginning of your future life together, it’s a time to chill and relax and enjoy romantic and intimate moments together in an idyllic setting. So the place you choose to spend this precious time in... 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