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Travel Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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