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Travel Ideas

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

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

I’m a West country girl and grew up just 40 minutes from Bristol. Bristol has always been close to my heart. It has friendly, enthusiastic locals and a vibrant strip of bars and cafés along the Waterfront, by the River Avon. You can even take a boat taxi from Bristol Temple... more

Staying at a hotel recently which had the most amazing exotic terraced gardens dotted with all manner of sublimely beautiful flowers and plants, I realised that sipping tea from a china cup and gazing out into a sunny garden listening to twittering blackbirds was pretty much... more

May is the month that everyone who is anyone in the film industry will descend on the French Riviera for the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. This year, Steven Spielberg will head up the votes as new films compete to prove their worth at this iconic event. And, as... more

Grab your wellies, we’re off to a country show. Britain is fit to burst with rural celebrations throughout spring and summer, offering lungfuls of fresh air and an insight into country traditions. And these days they offer more than the chance for the nation’s agricultural... more

There’s something indefinably relaxing about being near water – looking at it, eating in front of it or swimming in it. With that in mind, I’ve listed ten of my favourite places to enjoy the lapping of waves and the tinkle of boat masts - all of course, with something cool... more

East Anglia crops up more frequently in jokes than it does vacation plans – trust me, I am a Norfolk girl! However, with dramatic coastlines, quaint villages and beautiful countryside this unique part of Britain has everything you need for the perfect staycation. East Anglia... more

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Britain's dining scene has long been enriched by its diverse immigrant populations and especially those from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It's incontestable that you'll find the best Indian food outside the subcontinent in the UK, and it's arguable that this country is... more

If you love eating out at the best restaurants in Britain but are often put off by the price tag than these are the restaurants for you! Early bird eating not only means great value but you can also escape the queues and chaos that often goes hand in hand with eating out at... more

I'll come clean: spas which have plenty of water features are my favourite kind; swan pipes, experience showers, those amazing under-water loungers with billions of bubbles zipping away underneath - give me a couple of hours playing around with those and you'll see a very... more

Top Ten Easter Attractions for Families

School’s out! The Easter holidays mark the start of spring, and in spite of the recent cold, snowy weather, the days are getting longer and the dark winter months are coming to an end – even the grumpiest cynic can’t help but smile at the sight of fluffy lambs, baby bunnies,... more

Britain is ringed by beautiful islands, many of which make an ideal spot for a relaxing mini break: there’s nothing like crossing a stretch of water to make you feel like you’ve really got away, but there’s also nothing like hassle-free travel (no time difference, even the... more

North of Birmingham rises the Peak District, an area of outstanding natural beauty - and architectural gems. It’s a pleasure to motor round this landscape of farms, villages, stately homes and historic towns like Duffield, Matlock Bath and Ashbourne. To the east of the... more

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside - lakes, lochs and rivers, too. For, a watery theme can add a splash of something special to a holiday, whether you’re heading to the countryside or the coast, romancing your honey or entertaining the kids. Do you fancy jumping in the... more

We all know Britain has some fabulous shopping destinations, and there is nothing better than shopping for the season’s ‘must haves’ or a special occasion outfit. However too many of us end up rushing around and choosing something we don’t love for lack of time. My advice?... more

I find the northwest corner of this country is a curious mixture of three distinct areas. In the far north stands the Lake District, a hilly and desolate area until tourism took root belatedly in the early nineteenth century. Then in the far west rise the hills and mountains... more

The history of the Scottish Highlands has a very different narrative from the rest of Great Britain, even from the rest of Scotland. The clans ruled this rugged landscape for centuries, based around powerful families like the Mackenzies, Urquharts, Campbells and Frasers,... more

Five of the Best Hotels for Surfing

Make waves this summer with a British beach break that incorporates some watersports. Whether you are a beginner or a surfing enthusiast, the best resorts offer lessons, equipment hire and plenty of spots to surf, whatever the weather. Surfing schools provide a beginner's... more

She carried you for nine months, she endured sleep deprivation, recorder concerts and, later, a whole world of horrendous hormonal it’s only fair that - at least once a year - you say a big thank you to your mum! Book her into one of the sumptuous spas below and... more

No, not spas where you can have a relaxing time with a teenage heart-throb Vampire, but spas which have special deals so you can drop by for a few hours after work and enjoy an evening indulging in your favourite spa activities. Perfect for the dedicated spa-goer who's busy... more

Great places to stay along the South West Coast Path

Leaping over boulders, ducking under low-growing trees and splashing through muddy paths; the 5.3 mile ‘assault course’ (as I have dubbed it) from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove on the Cornish coast demands a bit of grit and determination, not to mention a pair of good boots.... more