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

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
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

Gilpin Lodge

British weekend retreats

Hotels and holiday homes perfect for a short break

An illustration of the Isle of Skye
©Heather Gately

Postcard from . . . Skye

How the Scottish island became a cherished retreat for Alexander McQueen

An illustration of a highland bothy
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . a Scots Highland bothy

Sharing these shelters with minimal intervention has worked well

Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba
©Twentieth Century Fox

On location: Far from the Madding Crowd

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

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' newest vessel, Anthem of the Seas, arrives into Southampton early this morning. The state of the art ship is 348m long, 41m wide and has 16 guest decks capable of carrying 4,000 passengers. She will spend the summer sailing from the port before transferring to New York. Picture date Wednesday 15th April, 2015. Picture by Christopher Ison. Contact +447544 044177
©Christopher Ison

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

On the trail of the Magna Carta

From commemorative beer to multimedia exhibitions, the UK tourism industry is pulling out all the stops to mark the 800th anniversary of the charter’s signing

Postcard from . . . Kent

‘It’s not rocket science — just take the good bits from existing pubs and remove the bad ones,’ says one micropub owner

Postcard from . . . Goodwood

The beautiful woodland is so extensive you may struggle to believe you are in West Sussex, just 50 miles from London

London swimmers fight Hampstead dam plans

Judicial review will decide fate of city oasis


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