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The Pendle Witches Never Die

A 400-year-old tragedy still haunts one of Britain’s most unusual landscapes.

Cauterets: A Kingdom of Water

Early springtime in the French spa town of Cauterets is alive with the music of rushing water.

Are you ready to kick the bucket list?

Why do you travel? When you break free of home have you become a slave to novelty?

Cut travel hassles with a few travel treats  

Heading off on vacation or holiday? Treat yourself to affordable luxuries for a relaxed getaway.


Sarasota, Florida – Where the circus comes to town

This pretty, apparently sedate Florida resort, popular with affluent retirees, is really wild at heart. This is where the circus comes to town.

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

Dog-friendly short break in Tewkesbury

Lulu the Westie and I, along with some canine and human pals, head for Tewkesbury, where we find everything we need for the perfect dog-friendly break.

Cauterets: a kingdom of water

The sound of rushing water is everywhere, spring and summer in this historic ski resort in the French Pyrénées.

Travel Tips & Itineraries

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

Tricky scams that target tourists

Don’t fall prey to these common scams and schemes that target tourists when they’re having fun.

London Blue Plaque Chelsea Walk

Take a self-guided tour of Chelsea to see where the creatives of the past found inspiration.

Thank goodness for Days Inn. Really? Yes Really

Sometimes the simple pleasures of crisp white sheets and a big soft bed are all a weary traveller needs.

Food & Drink

Bakewell pudding in Bakewell

It’s about thyme

A memorable lunch and the recipe for a mysterious drink. The scent brings back a summer in Provence.

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.

Bangers and Mash – A British pub classic to cook at home

The British way with sausages is a pub standby and, in these days of healthy eating, a great guilty pleasure you can make at home.

Everyone is beautiful at the Chiltern Firehouse

An accidental choice launched me into a world of extravagance. But was the eye-candy more important than the food?

Features & Special Places

Glass walkways atop Tower Bridge London

The Pendle Witches never die

After more 400 years, Britain’s most famous witch trial still haunts a Lancashire landscape.

Smoke, no fire

An unforgettable night in Athens made a travel writer out of me.

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

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

The Georgian House Museum – A Bristol fortune built on the backs of slaves

A stylish 18th century townhouse, a sugar plantation and a dark episode in history. This museum tells a fascinating story – warts and all.