The Pig on the Beach hotel

Hotel insider: The Pig on the Beach, Dorset

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

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The Raft at Chigborough

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

Blackpool’s North Pier, Lancashire
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The expert selection: Anthony Wills on British seaside piers

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

An aerial view of Warwick Castle, which is now offering a ‘royal welcome’ to overnight guests

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

Bletchley Park
©Shaun Armstrong

Postcard from ... Bletchley Park

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

The ‘otters crossing’ sign near the causeway on to South Uist

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 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 Tour de France comes to Yorkshire

Will hosting the start of next month’s race put the county on the map for two-wheeled tourists?

Into the swing at Celtic Manor

Once a derelict maternity hospital, the Welsh resort has grown into a golf club grand enough to host Nato’s next summit

Postcard from ... CBeebies Land

Opening weekend at the Staffordshire theme park based on the BBC’s channel for small children

Postcard from ... Gatwick

Bloc, a hotel of 245 rooms above the airport’s South Terminal, offers a vision of a post-employee economy where tasks are automated by a computer

The Shard’s new hotel

Shangri-La, the long-anticipated hotel in London’s Shard, is open at last. It’s a treat, says Tom Robbins, with one potentially embarrassing flaw

Shard becomes London’s ‘eyeful’ tower

Some hotel rooms come with potentially revealing views of guests

Postcard from . . . Wales

The Welsh village of Llanfrothen has what could be the perfect village shop

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

Postcard from . . . Yorkshire

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

West Country revival

Hoteliers are preparing to bounce back from a grim winter with a swathe of new openings

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