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Travel Ideas

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

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

Not so long ago, employers argued that keeping your job was reward enough. Some might have given their top salesperson a bottle of champagne on Friday evening, or sent the employee of the month to a local restaurant for dinner. Now though more and more employers are... more

Remember the Calgon ‘Take me Away’ ads from many years ago? That is what you will experience at any one of these seriously wonderful rural retreats. Soak up amazing countryside views and then spoil yourself with a sumptuous treatment in a first class spa, many of which now... more

Think detox retreats are all about enduring cold showers and making do with miniscule dinner portions? Think again. Nowadays spa programs have kicked out the Spartan diets and taken on more sumptuous sensibilities. Combining indulgent massages and delicious healthy cuisine... more

It’s very easy to be overwhelmed when you visit London – there is so much to see and do. One of the biggest mistakes visitors make is to try to cram too much in. Two main attractions a day should be plenty. Careful planning before your visit pays dividends later. Instead of... more

London’s hotels are younger than many historic buildings in the city. Until the end of the nineteenth century, British hotels were often considered rather disreputable—even in the capital. But these great structures have lived exciting lives since. Writers, movie stars and... more

Scottish art can trace its origins from the carvers of intricate designs on Pictish stones (the Northeast of Scotland has the greatest remaining concentration in Britain) to the country’s best-selling artists of all time, Jack Vettriano, whose ‘The Singing Butler’, sells... more

Top Ten Pet Friendly Hotels

It can be hard to find a hotel where your pet is as welcome as you are. But here I have picked out the top 10 pet friendly hotels in the UK where your dog isn’t just allowed, but positively pampered. Nothing is too much for four-legged guests at these luxury hotels. All are... more

Cornwall, England’s favourite holiday county, offers some glorious golf as a counter-attraction to the beaches, surfing, rugged cliffs, quaint fishing villages, ancient monuments, hamlets, angling, theme parks and gardens. Classic championship links, lush parkland and... more

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Britain has a love affair with all things Italian. Pizza and pasta has become part of the staple diet of the country and Italy tops the list of many Brits’ favourite holiday destinations. But you don’t have to travel to Tuscany or Sicily to enjoy an authentic taste of Italy.... more

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Cambridge has to be one of the most delightful cities in the UK to visit. It is compact and easy to walk around (so long as you look out for the bicycles!) and packed with the ancient buildings of the historic university. The River Cam flows along the famous “backs” of the... more

Britain may famously be an island nation, but even UK natives probably realise that the British Isles is in fact an archipelago containing over 6000 different offshore islands. Some may be merely a rock in the sea, some only become islands at high tide, some only appear when... more

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Links courses are the aristocrats of the game. The Open Championship is always played over one. These coastline stretches of sandy turf unfit for farming are where the game started. Links humps, bumps, hollows and fast-running turf require thought to play well. They offer... more

There’s no doubt about it, having a baby is the most amazing experience of any woman’s life. But let’s be honest, the nine months leading up to it are peppered with aching backs, troublesome skin, swollen ankles and stress. It is at this time that your really need some TLC... more

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The UK first produced wine when the Romans introduced vines to our soils, but wine-making skills were lost over the centuries. It was not until the introduction of grape varieties suited to our cooler climate in the 20th century that English viniculture began to flourish.... more

Whether it's a special occasion or you just want to spend some quality time with your gal-pals, an overnight spa break makes for the perfect location for some "girl-time". There are a bewildering array of spas out there, so before you set off, have a think about what kind of... more