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Travel Ideas

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

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

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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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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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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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

Britain has hundreds of spa hotels; from chic city crash pads perfect for pre-dinner pampering to rural country retreats promising to relax and revive. But with so many hotels to decide on and endless lists of treatments to choose from it can be hard to know where to start.... more