What’s New

  • The Swing at The Wallace Collection in London

    18th century painting, Fragonard, Wallace Collection London
  • Fabulous Burghley House in Stamford

    Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Rutland, England, Elizabethan House, The Heaven Room,
  • New stops on the Chelsea Blue Plaque walk

  • Under the Volcano in Tenerife

    view of Teide volcano in Tenerife
  • Malo-les-Bains: Reinventing the beaches of Dunkerque

    Dunkirk evacuation beach
  • The Ethical Travel Quandary

    coffee plantation- a demonstration of sustainable development in the Nicaraguan rain forest.

See Bob Marley’s London home on updated Chelsea walk

Now that we can all feel a bit safe being out and about, why not take advantage of good weather on this updated Chelsea blue plaque walk. Among the additions, Bob Marley’s London home is a standout.

Is sustainable travel really possible?

There was a time when planning for a getaway meant a pleasant amble through brochures and websites. These days, it’s more like launching yourself into a sustainability minefield. If you haven’t factored the climate crisis into your vacation choices before, this year it is impossible to avoid it.

Burghley House and Stamford – Plan a short break

After you visit Burghley, the home of Elizabeth I’s spymaster, linger in Stamford, one of England’s best market towns and its oldest conservation area.

Malo-les-Bains: Reinventing the beaches of Dunkerque

Stroll along the beach promenade of Malo-les-Bains Dunkerque and little reminds you that this stretch of flat, golden sand  (and the 10 kilometres of it east to the Belgian border) is hallowed ground. But history is never far.

Under the volcano on Tenerife

This is a confession: I was wrong about Tenerife. The first time I went, about 10 years ago, I hated the place. Now I’m eating humble pie. I’ve just discovered what a terrific place it is – for every kind of vacation, all ages, all styles, all prices. For just about everyone in fact.

The Wallace Collection in London: An eye-opening visit to a quiet treasure

The Wallace Collection, one of the world’s great galleries, is slightly off the beaten path and sometimes overlooked by visitors. Time to fix that


Botallack Mine

Saratoga Springs – A Weekend Escape to the Queen of Spas

The bathwater smelled like rust. It looked like it too. Alone in my private room at the Roosevelt Bathhouse in Saratoga Spa State Park, I hesitated, my naked toes suspended over lightly bubbling, blood-warm mineral soup. Then, like thousands before me, I took the plunge.

Seven great reasons to choose Pas de Calais for le Weekend

Just across the English Channel yet so often overlooked. Discover the pleasures Northern France in Pas de Calais

Things to do in West Cornwall – Explore the magical Tin Coast

Explore the Tin Coast of Cornwall to learn how Cornishmen spread their hard stone mining skills all over the world. Dig a little deeper and discover how they actually powered the European Bronze Age.

Climbing Snowdon to the top of Wales

The views from the top of Snowdon are among the most spectacular in Europe and you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy them.

Travel Tips & Itineraries

Top 10 signs of dog-friendly digs

Some places say they’re dog-friendly when they’re barely dog-tolerant. Here’s how to decide if the hotel or cottage you’re about to book will really welcome your pet.

Editorial: Why Write about Travel Now

As we all hunker down to sit out the COVID 19 pandemic what is the point of writing about travel? I look at the role travel writing has played in the past and can play in our future.

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

London’s Blue Plaques – A Chelsea Walk

Spend a morning or an afternoon discovering London Blue Plaques on a Chelsea walk. For more than 150 years, blue plaques on London’s buildings scattered around the city have marked the homes and achievements of the famous and infamous. Join us on this free, self-guided tour.

Food & Drink

Illustration of Virginia's Shrimp and Grits with three cooked shrimp, sliced sausage, red, yellow and green sliced peppers.

Miss Virginia’s Shrimp ‘n’ Grits

A classic Southern recipe from a Charleston,S.C, cook that you can make at home.

Pudding, pie or tart – So what’s a Bakewell?

The one thing you can’t get in Bakewell, Derbyshire, is a Bakewell Tart. On the other hand, Bakewell Puddings may be the real deal.

Visit an ancient Roman winery in the South of France

On the Provence/Languedoc border, a family winery produces 2000-year-old vintages for today’s wine drinkers

Ugly vegetables the French way

Maybe France is off your travel agenda this summer but you can still bring a taste of France to your table with easy recipes that every thrifty French home cook knows.

Features & Special Places

Cathedral facade

Strawberry Hill: London’s Little Suburban Castle

An 18th century dandy’s house is a masterpiece of eccentricity – a mini-castle amid the suburban semis.

The indescribable Snape Maltings slowly comes back to life

How can I begin to describe Snape Maltings? From its strange sounding name to its creative miscellany of art, music, retail and the great outdoors, it defies categorization. You simply have to go to Snape Maltings to experience this destination for yourself.

Tower Bridge’s glass walkways – Part of (not so) hidden London

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

Notre Dame de Reims: Gothic survivor and cathedral of kings

Reims Cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, is one of the world’s great masterpieces of Gothic architecture. It’s also the centrepiece of a UNESCO World Heritage site and a battle-scarred survivor with more facelifts to its name than Dolly Parton.