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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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Britain can lay claim to some of the finest seafood in the world. Shellfish from the west coast of Scotland is prized around the globe, but you’ll find superb produce around much of the country’s coastline, be it lobsters from Selsey, cod from Cornwall or oysters from Kent.... more

Sorting out a UK holiday with a group of friends is always time consuming: finding somewhere large enough and stylish enough to meet everyone’s demands can take ages. In younger years it’s all about booking a cool place to crash with entertainment on the doorstep, but as... more

Wherever you go in Britain you'll find plaques commemorating visits by our numerous kings and queens. These days a royal visit can be a fleeting thing bookended by car, train or helicopter arrivals and departures, but in the days before the railways, kings and queens used to... more

That London has a wealth of free art galleries enriches the capital immeasurably. When galleries charge hefty entrance fees visitors often feel that they need to plan a visit and traipse around the whole exhibition to get their money’s worth. However, when entrance is free... more

With wall-to-wall celebrity chefs on TV, wine experts filling up the newspaper supplements every weekend and an increasing focus on the provenance of the food and drink we eat, it’s no wonder that us Brits enjoy a day out that has a focus on treating the taste buds. These... more

When the summer sun sits high in the sky, is there anywhere better to be than in the bucolic surroundings of a beautiful garden? Perhaps you just fancy nosing around someone else’s flowerbeds in search of inspiration for your own little Eden, or you’re just keen to enjoy the... more

Sometimes, you just need to get away with the girls. Leave the husband, boyfriend, kids to fend for themselves and have some time to catch up on the gossip and put time and effort into those precious friendships that can last a lifetime. Why go abroad for a break when the UK... more

Step away from the socks. Yes, dads can be a nightmare to buy for, but why not up the ante this Father’s Day and spoil yours with a day to remember? From clay pigeon shooting in the Hampshire countryside; to honing his swirl, sniff and slurp technique under London Bridge -... more

For many Brits, donning wellies and dancing carefree in a field is the epitome of summer! But if the thought of roughing it in your two-man-tent sends shivers down your spine, why not ditch the muddy campsite and retreat to your very own boutique boudoir. From Glastonbury to... more

We rush around so much these days I feel we have lost the sense of glamour that used to attach to road journeys. Recreate the days when touring Britain by car was an adventure rather than a way to get from A to B. This island has very effective motorways but I’d propose... more

I can't be the only person out there who failed to keep up a strict winter skin routine of regular exfoliation combined with dedicated sessions of slathering my dehydrated skin with ultra-hydrating lotions and potions. So, if like me you're looking for a magical quick fix to... more

One of the milestones in a couple’s relationship is that precious moment when they first decide to make the commitment to spend their life together. Even when other memories have faded into the distant past, the proposal is the one thing that is always fondly remembered and... more

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore beautiful Britain... on horseback. Yes, Britain is home to some of the best hacking around and with stables that cater to all abilities you could be discovering Britain’s best bridleways in no time. From... more

There’s no denying it, choosing the perfect getaway can be downright stressful. First you have to decide where to go… then there’s the whole hotel/self-catering/B&B dilemma to deal with. But what if you could just select a top-notch location and then take your pick of... more

Your poor feet. Wrapped up in boots and socks for months on end and then expected to look instantly catwalk-ready just because we get a day of sunshine and you want to wear flip flops. Make it easy on your tired winter-worn tootsies by treating them to a long pampering... more

I’m 33 but I don’t feel like it, so I sure as heck don’t want to look like it. Spas that relax and rejuvenate are all well and good but if I’m worn down by work and stress, it shows all over my face. Prevention is better than cure, so get serious about spas in your 20s if... more

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, you don’t have to jet off to faraway places with all the hassle and expense of long haul travel as we have some stylish venues, just a pebble’s throw from the beach in Britain. What’s more you’ll be able to invite all your family... more

Hands up who’s booked a room in a posh hotel only to fling open the curtains and find yourself gazing at a car park or fire escape. Gutted. To ensure you’re only ever looking at beautiful lochs, lakes, sea, gardens, rivers or rolling countryside, here are my top ten... more

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A great view when you’re dining out often comes at the expense of a great meal, with unscrupulous restaurateurs relying on what’s visible through the dining room window to distract you from what’s on your plate. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as my pick of Britain’s... more

Rolling lawns, fragrant blossoms, picturesque lakes, gazebos and fountains and even the odd secret garden are all essentials when it comes to planning a summer wedding. But there are other things that will make your day feel like something from the pages of a midsummer... more

From the second our dashing prince presented the nation with Kate, the tides turned. Up went the bunting, out came the union jacks, Britain’s streets became one big party to celebrate the fairy-tale union. Now, with the royal baby’s arrival upon us, it’s time to celebrate... more

Ten Places to Stay for Animal Lovers

Did you know, animals are good for you. It’s a fact that our furry and feathered friends can encourage instant relaxation, for adults and children alike. So why not make them part of your holiday? There are plenty of places around the UK where you can enjoy encountering... more

Does any country in the world have so many festivals per square mile? These days Britain’s arts festivals run from early spring to late autumn and cover pretty much the entire country. It can sometimes seem that there are very few cities - and even villages - that haven’t... more

In days gone by, most grand houses had a kitchen garden, which supplied the household with veg, herbs, fruit and cut flowers. Many of them are still in existence, although they're more likely to supply the cafe or farm shop these days. They're worth a visit in their own... more

These days every hotelier and his bellboy will tell you their establishment is family-friendly in a bid to fill rooms. But there’s more to making families feel at home than putting chicken nuggets and chips on the menu and sticking an ancient slide in the garden. The... more