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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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Until the nineteenth century Wales was underpopulated and undervisited. Consequently it never developed a sequence of coaching inns as in England. Tourist hotels when they came to Wales arrived with the railways, large Victorian structures many of which have since been... more

The borderland between Scotland and England takes in Hadrian’s Wall, the fortified city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and many well-defended manor houses. This was for centuries a ‘No Man’s Land’, open, wild and dangerous as armies campaigned and raiders made off with cattle. In... more

The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun. So, how will you be seeing out the old year and bringing in the new - how about a get-together? There’s still just enough time to book a venue where you can bring together friends and family for some fun. Take a look at these... more

As the cold and wet weather descends, our skin is under pressure from the environment. Going from the dehydrating centrally-heated indoors to bitterly-cold skin-chapping outdoors can take a toll. So change up your spa routine to include a moisturising facial and fight back... more

For centuries the Isle of Wight has been a favourite with those who simply like to be beside the sea, as well as those who prefer to be away out on it, cresting the waves in a sailing boat. These days the island lures just as many cyclists and ramblers as beach lovers and... more

In the days when Britain's trade was almost exclusively with Europe this country's east coast ports were important and wealthy. Some of the merchant towns like Lavenham (which has three of Britain's Finest hotels in close proximity to each other) have hardly changed since... more

Ten of Britain’s Scariest Attractions

It’s that time of year when Britain embraces it’s dark and gruesome past - from beheaded queens and killer surgeons to haunted castles and bricked-up bodies. Those with a nervous disposition should draw the curtains and hibernate, whilst the rest of us step out into the cold... more

Christmas shouldn’t be a slog. Why slave over a hot stove when you could be indulging yourself with a long lie-in and a bit of gift unwrapping before taking your seat at a well-dressed table for a slap up gourmet Christmas lunch? Plenty of hotels will wrap up the whole... more

It seems impossible to imagine but sometimes, even the most avid spa-bunny gets jaded. Bored of the same massage, facial or wrap routine, they long for a change of pace. Or perhaps you're stuck in a rut and want to try something new on the treatment menu but you're not too... more

For those wanting culinary sophistication but in a country setting, a short train ride or car journey can bring you to some superb establishments within an hour or so from London. All the restaurants below combine pretty countryside locations with Michelin-starred cooking.... more

Gloucester is the UK's Cotswold County with strings of charming villages built out of this mellow limestone. The wool industry has been kind to Gloucestershire leaving behind lots of attractive, pre-industrial towns and the Regency spa city of Cheltenham, a rival in... more

The rain has arrived, the leaves have definitely fallen and we’ve all but forgotten even where we went on our summer holidays here at Britain’s Finest Towers. Surely it’s time to start thinking about a winter break, yes? The good news is that there are tonnes of hotels on... more

The historic wealth of the north of England has given rise to some beautiful cities and also swathes of country houses, many of which have been converted into hotels. I used to live near the North York Moors and found exploring Helmsley, Harrogate and York itself a great way... more

The Top Ten Restaurants to Take the Kids

There's nothing worse that walking into your hotel's restaurant with the kids in tow and realising you have brought along some very unwanted guests. But it doesn't have to be that way. Britain's hoteliers are wising up to the power of the parent pound and subsequently there... more

A well chosen bottle of wine can lift a great meal to a truly memorable one. A good wine list can be one that is so extensive it runs to several volumes or a much shorter document that contains a range of well chosen, interesting and good value bottles. Although home grown... more

Five of the Sexiest Places to Stay

Escape the boredom of your own bedroom at home and head for some sexier accommodation. The perfect time to forget about work, kids, pets, in-laws and spend some quality time with your other half. From four poster beds to sea views, here are the five I would chose, which... more

You and your gal pals just want to have fun, or you're new to the world of spa-ing, then maybe a trip to a hushed temple of wellbeing might not be the day you had planned. So, don't forget the spa motto - there's a perfect spa for every occasion, you just need to find the... more

Top 5 Self-Catering Properties for Christmas

Thinking of getting family and friends together for Christmas? Leave the blow-up beds in the loft and organise a proper seasonal break for your loved ones. Whether you want the whole gang under one roof, or think relationships might benefit from a degree of separation,... more

You did it! You made it through the summer! Weeks of hectic theme parks, noisy cinemas and family jaunts. Yes, the summer holidays are over. Autumn is here, the young kids back at school the older ‘kids’ are back at university… It is time for some overdue ‘me time’. So... more

You’re young, free and no longer single and want to arrange a weekend away with your man, easy, right? Wrong. The UK is brilliant at many things, like cream teas and ballroom dancing, but until recently funky hotel rooms that don’t cost the earth haven’t been its forte.... more

As I’m sure you don’t need reminding, summer in Britain can be rather hit and miss. Autumn, however, often brings some of our best weather, and as the leaves turn, it’s reliably spectacular too. It’s the ideal time to get out outside while you still can and enjoy the fiery... more

Great Britain, we did it! Our tiny little island managed to pull in 65 medals in the Olympics – and an astonishing 29 of those were gold! Our athletes are fantastic and have done us proud. But it wasn't easy; it took grit, determination and some seriously tough training... more

It's often said that if you're a keen golfer then there are 11 reasons to visit St Andrews - otherwise known as the Old, New, Eden, Castle, Jubilee, Strathtyrum, Balgove, Duke's, Kingsbarns, Torrance and Kittocks Courses. However, though this is a small town that thrives on... more

I find Shropshire one of England’s loveliest counties. For century this green, castellated landscape was part of the Marcher Lands, border territory where Welsh armies clashed with the English king’s representatives. Sending a Welsh king to London as Henry VII bought peace... more

The British Isles are home to many great ingredients, from beautiful diver-caught scallops to world-class lamb. Food lovers can look forward to a range of festivals in the coming months celebrating the range of great British produce, the best of which are listed below. In... more