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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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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

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 abuse...so 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

Family holidays mean excitement, adventure, exploring new places and – above all – having fun. A modern family holiday doesn’t simply mean mum, dad and kids. According to the latest industry research, the current trend is multi-generational holidays in which parents are... more

Britain’s culinary landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade or so. Although London remains the country’s food epicentre, you’ll now find equally exciting and innovative cooking further afield. Gastronomic restaurants use the finest ingredients, cook them with... more

Ten of the Best Dog-friendly Self-Catering Properties

Why not take a holiday with your four-legged friend? From stylish contemporary pads to cosy farm cottages, there’s plenty of self-catering accommodation across Britain where responsible owners and their amiable pooches are welcome. Some properties have resident dogs that... more

Travel through Hampshire, Dorset and Devon and you rapidly leave behind those seaside resorts that owe their existence to day-trippers from London. Christchurch, Lyme Regis and Torquay are old coastal settlements along what has chosen to promote itself as the English... more

Take the kids to a historic house? Are we insane? Far from it, for while there may well be stuffy stately homes where children are as welcome as the plague, a new breed of enlightened custodians are doing everything they can to entice families to visit. The best serve up a... more

Robert Louis Stephenson described wine as “bottled poetry”, and there are many occasions when you want to indulge in some fine wine to accompany your meal. Only a few restaurants have the inclination and resources to invest in a really top cellar, and for wine-lovers such... more

The British seaside holiday was invented on the south coast of England when George III’s family, and then the aristocracy, left London to go seabathing for their health. Once a new fashion had been created, the middle and working classes followed in full force as railways... more