UK travel guide

Take it outside: five new family adventures in England

Take it outside: five new family adventures in England

From floating aqua parks to Peppa Pig-inspired experiences, there’s a host of new adventures to discover across England.

England

A neighbourhood guide to Bristol

The city with a defiant indie spirit is reinventing its docks and downtown area, forging a link between iconic figures from its past, such as Brunel and Blackbeard, and the edgy creative energy of its present. 

How to experience Manchester's booming nightlife scene

Manchester’s nightlife scene is booming in the Northern Quarter, Canal Street and beyond. Dine, drink, dance… just don’t expect to go home before dawn.

How to spend a weekend on the Cumbrian coast

Resist the lure of the Lake District and instead trace England’s northwest coastline by road or rail, savouring epicurean discoveries and sandy hikes along the way. 

Crossing paths: Ireland and Wales unveil new walking routes

A series of routes across Wales and Ireland will celebrate a shared Celtic heritage and offer a range of off-piste adventures close to home.

Wales

A traveller's guide to Snowdonia, North Wales

It’s all about the outdoors in this wild Welsh region, whether you’re climbing Snowdon itself or paddling on rapids.

UK escapes: what to do in Wales's Gower Peninsula

We list the best things to do in the Gower Peninsula, Wales, including the best restaurants and hotels, plus the best coastal walks, beaches and towns to visit.

A traveller's guide to Llandudno, North Wales

Stroll along the pier, take a tram up a mountain and search for dolphins on a weekend break in Llandudno, the 'Queen of Welsh resorts'.

Photo story: from barley fields to whisky barrels in rural Scotland

Large swathes of the Scottish countryside are coated in golden barley fields — an ancient, humble crop that's key to producing the country's legendary whisky. 

Scotland

A neighbourhood guide to the city of Glasgow

From its underground clubs and centuries-old pubs to its street markets and museums, Glasgow spools out its charms and secrets in an unhurried fashion.

Where to eat in Fife, Scotland

Fife is connected to neighbouring regions by six bridges, but when it comes to food, it's gloriously self-sufficient, with meat, tatties, oats, just-caught shellfish, and unique seaweeds just some of its hyper-local treasures.

A traveller's guide to the Isle of Arran, Scotland

Soaring peaks, sweeping coastlines and wildlife at every turn — Arran truly lives up to its reputation as ‘Scotland in miniature’.

Paint the town: exploring the new arts scene in Derry

For years, Derry’s art scene was defined by the Bogside murals, famous for their depictions of The Troubles. But now a new, creative vibe is sweeping the city, ushering in a fresh array of murals, festivals and attractions.

Northern Ireland

UK escapes: what to do in Northern Ireland's County Antrim

With natural drama and world-famous whiskey, this coastal county is Northern Ireland at its rugged best.

Notes from an author: Wendy Erskine on cafes and culture in Belfast

In a city that’s no stranger to change and upheaval, there’s comfort to be found in the familiarity of the past.

How to experience Belfast's cultural scene like a local

The Northern Irish capital has blossomed into a true cultural hotspot, replete with bold street art, galleries and a string of hip boutiques.

Trains, lanes & automobiles: is it time to embrace a no-fly future?

How harmful is air travel to the environment? With statistics stacked against the harmful effects of flying, we explore the rise in no-fly travel.

How to explore the UK’s most haunted destinations

With a long history of hauntings, mystery and witchcraft, the UK is bedevilled with wicked destinations. From a village haunted by a dozen ghouls to a Georgian operating theatre, we reveal eight unusual, macabre attractions and how to visit them.

Four new outdoor art experiences in the UK

Get your culture fix this autumn with these new UK walking tours, exhibitions and installations — all without stepping into a gallery.
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No need to fly: seven great trips around the UK

Staycations are having a moment. These adventure-filled journeys around the UK offer today's traveller the opportunity to steer clear of overcrowded transport hubs, and cut down on that ever-important carbon footprint.

Five of the best fromageries across the UK

The UK is home to an incredible array of artisan cheese shops. Here are five of the best, each guaranteed to please even the most discerning cheese-lover.

Seize the night: expert tips for stargazing in the UK

Thanks to less light and air pollution, the country’s night skies are darker than they’ve been for a long while. So stay up, head out and go starry-eyed.

Five wild and enchanting gardens to experience in England and Wales

Cascading over hillsides and extending towards the sea, these botanical marvels — from Cornwall to Conwy — showcase the enchanting colours of England’s landscapes, and make for an inspiring day out.

Robert Macfarlane on his love of the UK’s wild places

The prize-winning author remembers holidays in the UK, from Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands to the outskirts of Cambridge, and reflects on the wild landscapes that have shaped both his work and his life.

A year-round foraging calendar: what to pick and where in the UK

The UK is a nutrient-packed treasure trove of wild food, from fruits and flowers to greens and mushrooms. There’s something to forage throughout the year, so here’s a taste of what to expect before you head outside.

How a new people-powered hiking network could transform travel in the UK

We speak to ‘guerrilla geographer’ Daniel Raven-Ellison about Slow Ways — a volunteer-led project kickstarted in lockdown aiming to map thousands of new walking routes, which he hopes will get Brits discovering the country in an entirely new way. 

A beginner’s guide to foraging for wild ingredients in the UK

Foraging responsibly and discovering the world of wild food is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reconnect with nature. We speak to foraging experts for advice on starting out in the UK.

10 lesser-known English beaches for a family day out

Escaping the crowds is all the more important this summer. From Northumberland to Devon, we pick some of our favourite bustle-free beaches for a day on the coast with the kids.

Alastair Humphreys on finding great escapes in the UK

Having toured the globe — from camping in the Arctic to cycling through Kyrgyzstan — the adventurer finds that journeys of real significance are also on offer closer to home.

Artisan bakes and ancient grains: nine British bakeries doing things differently

Baltic Wild sourdough, cinnamon buns, scalded rye and bara brith are among the delectable wares on offer at these innovative British bakeries.

On location: where to eat in Padstow

This Cornish town may have been made famous by Rick Stein, but recent years have brought openings from equally ambitious chefs.

Five of the best dessert bars across the UK

Whether they’re serving elaborate cheesecakes or bubble waffles, a growing number of establishments are putting the focus firmly on puddings.

Four UK oysters bars that should be on your radar

The UK has some of the world’s finest oysters. Here are four of the best places to try them.
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Hit the road: three of the best scenic drives around the UK

From a dramatic coastal itinerary in Ireland and a thrilling Scottish circuit, to day drives through a national park, head off on a road adventure around the UK.

Desolation and an unlikely art scene in Dungeness

Kent’s rain-lashed hinterland is an unlikely magnet for creatives and provides the backdrop for a thoroughly different UK weekend away.

Top 10 UK Halloween activities for the family

With the scary season fast approaching, the UK has a selection of thrilling activities to entertain the whole family.