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Great places to see wildlife in the UK: readers’ travel tips

Wildlife can thrive in city centres, as well as in reserves, wild moors and remote islands; you just need to know what to look out for, say our tipstersCuckoos, kingfishers, water voles, marsh harriers, seals and fantastic views from the coffee shop: inside the M25! Take a bow, Rainham RSPB reserve. A two-mile walk around the reserve (which is only a 20-minute stroll from Purfleet station) yields rich rewards, and even spectacular views of Eurostar trains. Spring is particularly noisy, with warb...
Tags: Travel, UK, Day trips, Top 10s, Short breaks, Wildlife Holidays, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Rainham


20 of the UK's best free half-term activities and attractions

Take in all the fun of fairs and festivals, beaches, farms and museums with this pick of family events around the countryThe museum is celebrating the launch of Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival (25 May-2 June) with a family open day. Events are drop-in and free and include performances, pop-up installations and arts for all ages. There’ll be digital music creation as part of interactive sensory environment Soundplay Studio, a wearable jet pack workshop, walkabout dancing with Eggy L...
Tags: Travel, Family, UK, Life and style, Culture, Museums, Festivals, Day trips, Family Holidays, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Short breaks, United Kingdom Holidays, Creative Electric, Unicorn Dance Party


Five of the best fitness and music festivals in the UK for 2019

Begone boozy festivals, these events follow a trend for healthy holidays by adding running and fitness into a mix that also includes live music and DJsThe beaches, tidal islands, woodlands and coastal paths of the Gower will play host to this music and running festival, now in its third year. The main guided trail runs start and finish at the festival site – 14th-century Weobley Castle on West Castle Farm – and range from 5k to 55k. Each run is split into three pace groups (visitors get with one...
Tags: Travel, UK, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Festivals, Running, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Running Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Gower, Hackney Colliery Band


10 classic UK trips by public transport

Trains in hidden valleys, scenic bus routes, fun ferry rides … many journeys are better by public transport. Kevin Rushby plots exciting itineraries for the carefree and car-freeWith a car, most of these amazing journeys are impossible or prohibitively expensive. Most of these 10 routes could be done in a day or with a single overnight, but ideally you will spread them over a weekend, using the opportunity to hike over a mountain, laze by a lake or build a sandcastle. All routes only use public ...
Tags: Travel, UK, Heritage, Rail Travel, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Times, Coach travel, Green travel, Walking Holidays, Budget Travel, Ferry Travel, United Kingdom Holidays, Kevin Rushby


Art in the open: the joys of Jupiter Artland sculpture park

The innovative sculpture park near Edinburgh is reopening for summer, marking its second decade with new commissions and an art and music festival‘You imagine what you desire,” reads an arty light sculpture in the grounds of Jupiter Artland. It’s my first visit to this privately owned sculpture park five miles west of Edinburgh and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed – Jupiter is a destination that challenges easy definitions. It has more than 100 acres of fields and woods, with views across rolling ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Jupiter, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Edinburgh Holidays, Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley


10 of the world’s best city views: readers’ travel tips

These stunning viewpoints put the fun into funiculars and the drama into panorama – and many have art, bars and cafes to enjoy, tooNahargarh Fort sprawls around a rocky outcrop above the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan province. Take a rickshaw up the hairpin road or go in the evening and tackle the stiff 20-minute hike up the path from the city’s northern edge. Wander the extensive battlements and find an empty rampart or dome-covered lookout for incredible views over the constant tumult of Ja...
Tags: Travel, City Breaks, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Pink City, Padao Cafe


Getting fizzy with it: the Italian wine route that sparkles

An Italian region and a sparkling wine, Franciacorta may not be well-known but it is great for vineyard visits and fine places to eat and stayPut sparkling wine and Italy together and the usual answer is prosecco, but 200km west of the Veneto – the home of prosecco – lies another, little-known, sparkling wine region: Franciacorta. Wine has been made in the area for centuries but producers didn’t start making sparkling varieties until the 1960s. However, by 1995 this wine had been awarded Denomin...
Tags: Travel, Food, Life and style, Italy, Food And Drink, Wine, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Wine Holidays, Europe Holidays, Italy Holidays, Franciacorta, Veneto, Franciacorta Wine, Denominazione di Origine Controllata


Hot tubs, saunas and seaweed soaks on Ireland’s west coast

Sea swimming has become a big thing on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, as have fun and creative methods of warming up after a bracing dipIreland has some extraordinarily beautiful beaches: Derrynane in Kerry and Connemara’s Glassilaun easily hold their own against Caribbean counterparts. Unfortunately, the country’s weather can rarely do the same, often making a trip to the coast a damp proposition. However, rather than escaping the harshness of the climate with a visit to warmer climes, a new ge...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Life and style, Atlantic, Ireland, Dublin, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Kerry, Swimming, Caribbean, Swimming Holidays, Spa Breaks, Rest And Relaxation, Galway, Europe Holidays


10 of the best UK B&Bs for vegetarians and vegans

Not a sausage in sight – well, only veggie ones – at the B&Bs we’ve selected to celebrate the start of National Vegetarian WeekA gothic house built in 1859 and set in 80 acre grounds, this Lake District guesthouse has 18 rooms, with views over the Vale of Esthwaite, Windermere and the fells beyond. Inside rooms are wood panelled, with antique furniture and print-heavy decor; outside the grounds include orchards and an organic vegetable and herb gardens, used in the veggie continental or cooked b...
Tags: Travel, UK, Hotels, Life and style, Vegetarian food and drink, Food And Drink, Veganism, Bed and breakfasts, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Vegan food and drink, Vegetarianism, Lake District, Windermere, Vale of Esthwaite Windermere


10 great walks on Britain's tiny islands

In this extract from her new book, Islandeering, Lisa Drewe braves the tides to walk around the cliffs, beaches and historic coastal trails of her favourite small islesIn a nutshell A rollercoaster route along the rocky dragon’s spine of one of the UK’s most exhilarating islands, full of natural wondersDistance 7.8kmWalking time 2 hoursDifficulty/terrain Moderate/rocky foreshore, easy paths and steeper scrambles Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Family Holidays, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Beach Holidays, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Summer Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays


World Cup warm-up: a family city break in football-mad Lyon

With a month until the Women’s World Cup kicks off in France, a mum and daughter visit Lyon – host for semi-finals and the final – to watch Europe’s best teamAs my seven-year-old daughter, Ella, jumped up and down along with 26,000 Lyon fans, I couldn’t help grinning. Back in the UK, women’s domestic league games rarely take place in large stadiums. Big matches – such as last weekend’s FA Cup Final – attract large crowds, but the playground taunt “football isn’t for girls” is hard to argue with ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, France, Football, Sport, Family Holidays, City Breaks, Women's Football, Short breaks, Lyon, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Lyon Holidays, Groupama, Paris Saint Germain


Sustainable tourism: why the Faroe Islands closed for maintenance

When the north Atlantic islands shut for a weekend to all but ‘voluntourists’ doing conservation projects, it was a win-win for locals and visitorsThe road tunnel to Gásadalur was built 15 years ago. Until then, residents of this tiny village on Vágar, one of the Faroe Islands, relied on intermittent boat access below the cliffs or, more commonly, braved the 45 degree-slope of a narrow track that climbs 500 metres over the mountain south of the village. The postman had to make the climb three ti...
Tags: Travel, London, Environment, Atlantic, Conservation, Washington Dc, Glasgow, Faroe Islands, Sustainable Development, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Working Holidays, Faroe Islands Holidays, Volunteering Holidays, Bratislava, Gasadalur


Sculpture from the saddle: a cycling and art tour of Belgium

Only in bike-mad Flanders could they create an installation like Limburg’s Cycling Through Water, part of an art trail designed to regenerate the region – and be seen from a bicycleA ring-necked duck swam by at eye level, the water rippling beside me without spilling over the high metal sides of the Cycling Through Water bike path.This 212-metre concrete path is 1.5 metres deep and slices a pond in two, allowing cyclists to pedal straight through it. From a distance, the position of the path cre...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Art and design, Flanders, Belgium, Cycling Holidays, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Europe Holidays, Limburg, Belgium holidays


How to book trains in Europe – by rail expert the Man in Seat 61

Follow his advice and your trip will not only be more be eco-friendly and enjoyable than flying, it could be similarly priced, tooI take train not plane within Europe because it’s a better travel experience. But switching to rail can also be the single biggest thing an individual can do to cut their carbon footprint.Eurostar says its research has found that taking the train instead of the plane from London to Paris cuts CO2 emissions by 90%. The benefit could be even greater, as CO2 emitted dire...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Consumer affairs, Paris, Rail Travel, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Rail Fares, Europe Holidays


10 of the best railway hotels in Europe: readers’ travel tips

A friendly welcome and comfortable bed are just the tonic after a long journey: our tipsters know the best hotels near stations from the Med to the TirolCerbère is the last village in France before Spain on the Mediterranean coast. It’s a quiet seaside resort with an international train station and two amazing hotels. The first is the stunning 1930s art deco Hotel Belvédère, which is styled like an ocean liner. Declared a historic monument in 2002, it is perched over the rail track, it has now r...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Hotels, Spain, Rail Travel, City Breaks, Top 10s, Short breaks, Mediterranean, Europe Holidays, La Vigie


A local’s guide to Palma de Mallorca: 10 top tips

The Spanish island’s seaside capital punches above its weight when it comes to restaurants, art and culture – perfect for a late-spring or early-summer getawayI love the maze of Moorish-feeling little streets in the historic district between Plaça de Cort and the seafront. If you just wander towards La Seu, the cathedral, you always come across something surprising. A lot of the old mansions have been done up and are now hotels, cafes and restaurants, which is great to see. You only need to walk...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Restaurants, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Spanish Food And Drink, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Mallorca Holidays, Palma De Mallorca, Palma holidays, Plaça de Cort


15 of the best off-grid places to stay in the UK

The complexities of modern life will recede into the distance with a wifi-free stay at these remote cottages and huts• The best off-grid places to in EuropeWith no wifi on the site, guests are encouraged to switch off completely at Guardswell Farm and spend time soaking up the jawdropping views. On a hilltop between the small villages of Abernyte and Kinnaird, the farm has a choice of self-catering options, from cabins sleeping two to a farmhouse sleeping 10. The Infield, a couple of fields away...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Family Holidays, Short breaks, Self-catering, Green travel, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel, Cottages, United Kingdom Holidays, Off-grid living


10 of the best things to do in Tallinn’s Kalamaja district

This former industrial area in Estonia’s capital has been revamped with bars, boutiques and galleries, along with several festivalsWith its gothic spires, pastel-hued houses and cobbled streets, Tallinn’s Unesco-listed Old Town is undeniably a classic destination – and it’s also where most visitors head. However, if you don’t follow the crowds and, instead, turn left out of the main station (Balti jaam) and head north, you’ll find a different energy in the neighbourhood of Kalamaja.In the 14th c...
Tags: Travel, Unesco, Estonia, City Breaks, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, St Petersburg, Europe Holidays, Estonia Holidays, Tallinn, Old Town, Kalamaja, Tallinn holidays, Tallinn Bay


Alternative city breaks: Malmö - restaurants, nightlife and arts venues

Cycle-friendly with affordable food and free cultural events, the underrated Swedish city is a great alternative to traditional Scandinavian escapes‘Who comes to Malmö on holiday instead of Copenhagen? Nobody, ever.” Niklas Najvik, of the Astrum electronic music collective, is marvelling at how well his home town fits my plan to explore “underrated” cites. “Malmö is the most overlooked city there is,” he says, while the rest of his collective nod in agreement.Malmö, at the southern tip of Sweden...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Bars, Food And Drink, Denmark, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Short breaks, Shopping trips, Malmo, Europe Holidays, Sweden Holidays, Malmo Holidays, Astrum, Scandinavia holidays, Øresund Bridge


Wild weekend: Kayaking around Estonia’s Pakri islands

These almost uninhabited islands near Tallinn are full of wildlife – and also plenty of reminders of Estonia’s cold war historyIt’s well past midnight on the tiny Estonian island of Suur-Pakri and the sun is just setting, casting a pink hue over the sea. We’re camping close to the water’s edge – and nipping between the intense heat of our improvised sauna and the freezing waters of the Baltic. Kessu, our guide, has rigged up a heavy-duty tent with a hole for a chimney and we’ve collected firewoo...
Tags: Travel, Estonia, Short breaks, Adventure Travel, Europe Holidays, Estonia Holidays, Tallinn, Canoeing And Kayaking Holidays, Suur Pakri, Baltic Kessu


10 great conservation-led places to stay around the UK

To celebrate Earth Day, here’s our pick of eco-hotels, campsites and cottages that use tourism to fund conservation, promote biodiversity and protect endangered speciesConservation comes first at the UK’s only family-owned and -managed national nature reserve. Elmley’s 1,335 hectares (3,300 acres) of freshwater grazing marsh, salt marsh, hay meadows and newly planted woodland on the Isle of Sheppey allow birdlife to thrive. Sightings of marsh harriers, short-eared owls and merlins are commonplac...
Tags: Travel, UK, Environment, Life and style, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Glamping, Self-catering, Green travel, Cottages, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Elmley


10 beautiful garden getaways in the UK

These splendid hotels and cottages sit in some of the country’s finest gardens ands estates, offering relaxation and a riot of colourBucolic bliss awaits at Barnsley House hotel in Cirencester. Redesigned by Rosemary Verey in the 1950s, its 11 acres combine formal gardens, clipped yews, rock roses and mixed borders with an ornamental fruit and vegetable garden that gives on to wild meadows. The laburnum walk is Barnsley’s showstopper, but look out, too, for the frog fountain and, at the other en...
Tags: Travel, UK, Hotels, Life and style, Bed and breakfasts, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Barnsley, Gardens, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Cirencester, Parks and Green Spaces, Potager, Barnsley House


Garden getaways

These splendid hotels and cottages sit in some of the country’s finest gardens ands estates, offering relaxation and a riot of colourBucolic bliss awaits at Barnsley House hotel in Cirencester. Redesigned by Rosemary Verey in the 1950s, its 11 acres combine formal gardens, clipped yews, rock roses and mixed borders with an ornamental fruit and vegetable garden that gives on to wild meadows. The laburnum walk is Barnsley’s showstopper, but look out, too, for the frog fountain and, at the other en...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Life and style, Bed and breakfasts, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Gardens, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Parks and Green Spaces


Sculpted by time: Eduardo Chillida museum reopens in San Sebastián

The road back for the revered Basque artist’s sculpture park has been long but, in a way, fitting for a man who accepted the impact of time on his workAn eight-metre monolithic sculpture of reddish steel stands before me in the middle of a hilly field. Solid and grounded, the structure’s 22 tons contrast with the upward-reaching movement of its lines. As it soars towards the sky, the whole thing speaks of time and space in epic proportions. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Art and design, Museums, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Spain Holidays, San Sebastian, Europe Holidays, San Sebastián Holidays, Basque country holidays, Eduardo Chillida


Ode to Cologne: A German city full of views and brews

Gothic architecture, modern art and ‘singing beer’ give this cultural city its liberal atmosphereYou could think of Cologne as a sixth-form college to Berlin’s infinitely cooler art school. In comparison it feels as if it is all student cash bars and puppyish idealism, spider plants at every turn, and still a lot of love for the Beatles – Germany’s fourth largest city has been twinned with Liverpool since 1952.Go into any street in the centre and you’ll see a glorious muddle of architecture, 19t...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Berlin, Life and style, Cologne, Liverpool, City Breaks, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Beatles, Europe Holidays, Germany Holidays, Gerhard Richter, Cologne holidays, Cologne Central Mosque


Whitworth Locke, Manchester: hotel review

The grand 19th-century buildings of this aparthotel and co-working space reflect the city’s past while offering a vision of future city-centre hotelsLike a swollen river, Manchester city centre is breaching its banks. Property money is flooding in and central Manchester is being redrawn, as unprofitable, arty activity is swept out into Salford. Ancoats, to the east is being reinvented as an (oddly sterile) neighbourhood of indie bars and restaurants and swanky flats, while Oxford Road – a drab s...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Life and style, Manchester, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Oxford Road, Manchester holidays, Whitworth Locke Manchester, Salford Ancoats


Take the kids to … River Dart country park, Devon

In Dartmoor national park, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had on rope swings, tube slides and kayaking in an attractive, natural settingAn eco-friendly outdoor adventure centre in Dartmoor national park, across 36 hectares (90 acres) of lawns, lakes and woods. All ages are catered for, with plenty of challenges for older ones: rope swings over water, kayaks, clamber nets, a high-rope course, and tube slides (many referred to as Dare Devils activities); toddlers even get their own mini zipwi...
Tags: Travel, Dart, Devon, Day trips, Family Holidays, Short breaks, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Devon Holidays, Holne Park House


How to escape: Why a cabin break can refresh the soul

Simplicity is key to a cabin stay and while few of us go the full Thoreau, retreating to a spartan, isolated setting is more appealing than ever A few years ago, I lived in a cabin for several months. It was in a glade at the bottom of a steep-sided cwm (valley) in the Black Mountains, south-east Wales. The single room was furnished with a bed, a table and a chair. Water came from a nearby spring, and I had a wood-burning stove, a gas ring for cooking and an outside, composting toilet. The front...
Tags: Travel, Wales, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Self-catering, Rest And Relaxation, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Thomas Gray, Thoreau, Black Mountains


10 of the best city B&Bs in Europe: readers' travel tips

After wolfing down breakfast at these comfy B&Bs, our tipsters were ready to explore the town – often with top recommendations from their hostsOutside the city centre but only 20 minutes or so by bus, this B&B is beautifully furnished and great value. One of the best reasons to stay here is Yolande, the friendly owner, who couldn’t do enough for us. She recommended great restaurants and gave us tips on what to see in Bordeaux. Her incredible breakfast spread, complete with homemade jam, was the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Hotels, Paris, Food And Drink, Bed and breakfasts, City Breaks, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Bordeaux, Europe Holidays, Yolande


Carlsberg, probably the best new district in Copenhagen

A new hotel, once part of the famous brewery, is the latest addition to a neighbourhood with an industrial-chic feel and a sustainable ethosThe smell of fermented hops is long gone but the old Carlsberg brewery’s former storage building is buzzing in a way not seen in over a decade. That’s because the work cries of labourers have been replaced by the chatter of visitors checking in to the new 155-room Hotel Ottilia that now lies behind the building’s red-brick shell.With a wink to the past and a...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, City Breaks, Carlsberg, Copenhagen, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Europe Holidays, Copenhagen Holidays, Denmark Holidays, Hotel Ottilia