Postcard from . . . Eltham Palace

The Courtaulds’ modern reimagining of a former royal home

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
Gilpin Lodge

British weekend retreats

Hotels and holiday homes perfect for a short break

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

On Location: Poldark

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

Illustration by Matthew Cook of the river Spey
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . the River Spey

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

The view of Old Trafford stadium from the top of Hotel Football
©Carl Sukonik

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

An illustration of an off-road BMW at the Goodwood Motor Circuit
©Heather Gatley

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

Oxford’s new architecture

Jan Morris returns to her alma mater to find the historic city reinvigorated by new buildings

Hotel insider: The Pig on the Beach, Dorset

This modestly-priced seaside hotel has a winning formula, and it has inspired a feeding frenzy

Postcard from . . . Essex

The Raft at Chigborough is not a boat, not a house on stilts, but a holiday cottage that floats serenely on its own lake

The expert selection: Anthony Wills on British seaside piers

A director of the National Piers Society picks five piers of particular significance

Sleep like a king at Warwick Castle

‘From the castle’s highest battlements I stare down at the grounds, which are – just for tonight – mine’

The London Hilton’s ‘bird dropping’ facial

Faeces of the Japanese nightingale are now used in a 90-minute regimen that is apparently gaining popularity in Hollywood

Postcard from ... Bletchley Park

Fame at last for the wartime codebreakers after their home is transformed into a major visitor attraction

Cycling through the Outer Hebrides

As the UK basks in the Tour de France’s afterglow, Will Hide finds two-wheeled heaven in some of Scotland’s remotest islands

Out with the hunting and shooting set

A new package offers the chance to be whisked by helicopter from London to live a ‘Downton Abbey’ experience for a day

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


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