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Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
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Who - Danger signs in Imber
Where - Army training area and abandoned town of Imber 
When - 23/08/2015
Why - Visting the abandoned town of Imber

By bus to the ‘ghost village’ of Imber

For one day a year, buses run to an English village with no residents. By Matthew Engel

Abbotsford House, former home of Walter Scott, and the Eildon Hills
©Angus Bremner

Scotland’s new £294m railway

A new rail line will offer a fast track to the region that inspired Sir Walter Scott

Champion surfer Alan Stokes at Surf Snowdonia
©Nick Humphrey

Surf Snowdonia brings the wave to Wales

A revolutionary surf centre has opened on an artificial lake eight miles from the sea. India Ross takes the plunge

Postcard from . . . Cliftonville

The return of the sea-bathing machine is a sign that the tide is turning for this down-at-heel town on the Kent coast

Gainsborough hotel’s spa

Hotel insider: the Gainsborough, Bath

Almost a decade in the making, a new hotel is the first to tap into the city’s thermal waters. Tom Robbins reports

A traditional sailing boat on the Norfolk Broads

Rebranding Norfolk’s Broads

How do you reinvent a very British holiday spot that has changed little in decades?

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Snowdonia

A new underground assault course has opened in an abandoned Welsh mine, featuring bridges, ladders — and nine zip lines

Stately home to rent for the weekend

Why a sumptuous stately home is available for you and your family to live like lords

Walmer Castle and Gardens
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Kent

Walmer Castle — the Duke of Wellington’s seaside home

Postcard from . . . Skye

How the Scottish island became a cherished retreat for Alexander McQueen

Postcard from . . . a Scots Highland bothy

Sharing these shelters with minimal intervention has worked well

On location: Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel is retold for a new audience

On board but far from bored

A new mega-ship offers simulated skydiving, surfing and endless fun — can Lucy stand the pace?

New architecture in the Hebrides

A ‘third wave’ of innovative holiday homes is reinvigorating the Scottish islands

Postcard from . . . Eltham Palace

The Courtaulds’ modern reimagining of a former royal home

On Location: Poldark

The eight-part TV remake combines historical romance and sublime West Country locations

Postcard from . . . the River Spey

A whisky-themed canoeing adventure along Scotland’s second-longest river

Manchester’s Hotel Football

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s football-themed hotel comes complete with rooftop pitch

Postcard from . . . a Pullman

Fast food: Neil O’Sullivan samples the last fine dining restaurant car on Britain’s railways


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