Lucy Kellaway target-practising on the Petworth estate with David Whitby, head gamekeeper;
©Howard Sooley

Lucy Kellaway joins the hunting and shooting set

A new package offers wealthy tourists the opportunity to spend a day stalking deer and be back in central London in time for dinner

The expert selection: boutique city retreats in Italy

The author of numerous guides picks four hidden gems in popular city destinations in the country

Painting by Jean-Baptiste Oudry

Postcard from ... Cyprus

Nicosia’s AG Leventis Gallery makes public a private art collection that spans 400 years

Bannockburn Battle Game
©Lenny Warren

Don your 3D glasses to fight Scotland’s ‘auld enemy’

A new attraction at the historic site enables visitors to relive the confrontation between Robert the Bruce’s followers against a mightier English invasion force

A handmade egg is decorated at Bettys Craft Bakery

Postcard from . . . Yorkshire

A behind-the-scenes visit to the company celebrated for its classy tea rooms, cakes and Easter treats

Foreign visitors to UK spend over £20bn

Overall tourist spending beats pre-crisis levels

Momentum Ski Festival

Postcard from . . . Crans-Montana: City break heads downhill

The Momentum ski festival aims to recreate the atmosphere of a world cup race for City of London snowsports fans

A high-speed train or 'train à grande vitesse'

All aboard the new fast train to Spain

Breakfast in London, lunch in Paris, dinner in Barcelona

Building facades in Görlitz
©Alexander Roemisch

Christmas city breaks

’Tis the season . . . to look beyond the familiar European destinations. Three writers offer alternatives

Dominiqu Ansel
©Andrew Burton

Postcard from... New York

New Yorkers are sacrificing hours of sleep in order to try the cronut, created by French baker Dominique Ansel

Flight-seeing in Alaska

In the wilds of America’s largest national park, the best way to get around is by plane

Rebirth of an inner-city island

Once a dirty, no-go industrial zone, the island of Tjuvholmen in Oslo has been transformed into an ideal destination for a cultural citybreak

Short cuts: high style in Penang

Tom Robbins on a wave of new hotel, restaurant and gallery openings in George Town

Creative brief with a dismal legacy

It’s good news the Games have brought so much urban rehabilitation. But London could have done with more simple improvements

The expert selection: English country pubs with rooms

The founder of a publishing house specialising in guides to characterful places to stay picks his five favourites

Ruin for rent

Astley Castle has been reborn as a modern holiday home. By Edwin Heathcote

Finland on a plate

Helsinki is emerging from Copenhagen’s culinary shadow, writes Rufus Purdy

A proper piazza

For years the Piece Hall suffered neglect. Jan Morris reports on a new project that could reinvigorate it as a centre of public life

Spain’s secret city

Historic Trujillo in Extremadura is an ideal alternative to Spain’s better-known city break destinations

The Alpine railway

One hundred years ago, the Jungfrau Railway helped make the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland one of the continent’s supreme destinations. On board the train Jan Morris finds a world where science fiction becomes ‘science fact’

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