UK SUMMER GUIDE

10 of the UK’s best seafood destinations

10 of the UK’s best seafood destinations

With one of Europe’s longest coastlines, the UK has some of the continent’s finest seafood. But which coastal destinations make the most of it? Here are 10 of the best spots for seafood lovers.

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.

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.

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.

The 10 best British lidos to visit this summer

With pools now set to reopen following lockdown, we look at Great Britain's long love affair with outdoor swimming and celebrate 10 historic lidos — centrepieces of local communities for generations — that have survived to the present day.

Warrior queens, fairies and feuding clans: exploring legends on Scotland's Isle of Skye

For centuries, colourful tales have shaped the lives of those who call Scotland’s ‘Misty Isle’ home, and are still deeply intertwined with its soul-stirring landscapes.

SCOTLAND

How to spend a weekend in Fort William and Glencoe

In the shadow of Ben Nevis, the town of Fort William and the nearby valley of Glencoe offer a rugged springboard for outdoors adventures, with hiking, biking and Highland history all in easy reach.

Photo story: the celebrated seafood of Stonehaven, Scotland

Stonehaven’s glory days as a thriving fishing village may be behind it, but the culinary legacy of its past remains. Grab yourself a table with a sea view and tuck in to smoked haddock, award-winning fish and chips or fresh lobster. 

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’.

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.

Six alternatives to the Cotswolds to explore this summer

Resist the lure of the Cotswolds this season and discover one of England’s lesser-explored green and pleasant corners instead. 

ENGLAND

How to explore King Alfred's Way, England's newest long-distance cycle route

After an adventure on home turf? Grab your bike and set off on one royally good new cycling route.

What to do in Coventry, the UK's City of Culture 2021

The West Midlands city is embracing its artistic side as it takes up the mantle of UK City of Culture 2021 — here’s what not to miss.

How to plan a walking tour through literary Oxford

Alice, Aslan, Lyra and Lord Voldemort — literary tales abound on a walking tour of the City of Dreaming Spires.

Six of the best spots for rock climbing and bouldering in the south of England

Set to feature as an Olympic sport for the first time ever in Tokyo later this summer, the popularity of climbing is reaching new heights. Keen to get involved? We recommend six of the best outdoor landscapes in Southern England to scramble over.

Five experiential escapes in the UK for 2021, from castle stays to stargazing

One of the great lessons from last year was the importance of focusing on the experiences and adventures available to us on our on doorsteps. Here's some inspiration for 2021 getaways, from Nottinghamshire to Northern Ireland.

12 of the wildest campsites in Wales to book this summer

Though wild camping is illegal in Wales, there are plenty of places to pitch that feel far-flung and steeped in nature — if you know where to look. So, settle in for starry skies at these 12 beautiful Welsh campsites.

WALES

What to do in the Elan Valley, Wales

By day or by night, this dramatic swathe of rural Wales offers plenty of ways to embrace the great outdoors.

Awakening Celtic legends on a road trip along Wales' Coastal Way

Snaking down the western coast of Wales from the windblown Llŷn Peninsula in the north to the city of St Davids in the south, follow a path of Arthurian myth and Bronze Age mystery along Cardigan Bay.

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.

The inside guide to Cardiff, Wales

From the centre to the suburbs, the Welsh capital is always reinventing itself, whether through its diverse architecture or dynamic dining scene.

Why now's the time to try British oysters

Shellfish is not only abundant on British shores, but is increasingly affordable too.

How to plan a cycling tour along East Sussex's cultural coast

Hop on a bike to discover a trio of vibrant south-coast towns and their celebrated art galleries as part of the county’s Coastal Culture Trail.

Five London bars that transport you to another place

With several thousand pubs and bars in the English capital, choosing a spot to raise a glass with friends is no simple feat. So, for the travel-lovers out there, we’ve lined up a selection that’ll momentarily whisk you away from the Big Smoke.

How people-powered conservation is helping to revive the UK's national parks

Seventy years since the UK’s first national parks were created, they’re receiving more visitors than ever. But with rising tourist footfall and declining biodiversity, hands-on help to preserve our parks is vital.

A culinary guide to the Isle of Thanet, Kent

At the northeastern edge of the county, the Isle of Thanet — home to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs — is attracting a wave of creative chefs, whose fresh ideas have transformed the peninsula into one of the UK’s most dynamic dining destinations.

10 of the best skateparks in the UK

The skateboarding stereotype has been broken, as more people realise it’s a sport that welcomes everyone. From the home of British skateboarding in London to a remote escape in Scotland’s northernmost reaches, we recommend 10 of the best UK skateparks.

Meet the artists weaving history into the costumes of the Notting Hill Carnival

London’s Notting Hill Carnival may be postponed for the second year running but its spirit continues to thrive. We meet the artists keeping it alive through the stories threaded into the iconic costumes.

Discovering the simple pleasures of the Wye Valley's riverside routes and market towns

The river-veined valley that bills itself as the birthplace of British tourism is an ageless scene. The Wye’s simple pleasures — chattering birdlife, slow-moving boats and walking trails weaving through steep, squirrelly beechwoods to views of the castle-studded Welsh borders — have long had the power to seduce, inspiring authors, artists and even a poetic tribute from Wordsworth.

Where to eat in Melrose, Scotland

Head to this Scottish town for black pudding paninis, pumpkin doughnuts and its celebrated Melrose tarts.

Why all eyes are on Nottingham Castle this summer

A new generation of Robin Hood fans has plenty to get excited about: three years ago, Sherwood Forest got a new visitor centre, now Nottingham Castle is taking centre stage with a £30m transformation.
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Five of the best places to see wildlife in the UK

Wildlife journalist Simon Barnes shares some great wildlife-watching experiences all nature enthusiasts can have on British shores. 

What to do in Weardale, County Durham's scenic valley region

Long walks, cosy pub lunches and a rich industrial heritage await in this rural swathe of County Durham.

Seven of the best family beach huts for hire this summer

Rent one of the many brightly coloured beach huts dotted around the British coastline this summer and make your family day at the seaside a breeze.

Meet the maker: the cheesemaker bringing curds to the Isle of Wight

Emily Macdonald has brought the cheese curd-making tradition of her native Wisconsin all the way to the Isle of Wight.

Six of the best UK food festivals for summer 2021

From a travelling Cornish feast with overnight camping to a town-wide Welsh culinary experience, we’ve selected the top food festivals to experience. 

Five of south London’s best sightseeing walks

From medieval palaces and manicured Victorian parks to brutalist masterpieces and Black heritage hubs, these five walks pack in some of the capital’s most iconic sights. 
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The theatre returns: Come From Away's cast and crew reflect on the past year

The uplifting story of a Newfoundland town's coming together in the wake of 9/11 — now a hit musical — is back on stage in the West End. Here, the cast and crew reflect on the past year, and discuss the destinations they can't wait to return to.

Five cycling experts share their favourite routes in the UK

Cycling is a great way to get out and explore, but if you’re tired of riding along the same well-worn paths, here’s some inspiration from five adventurous cyclists.

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