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Our latest travel news, reports and photos of holiday destinations in the British Isles

  • 61 White cliffs and open spaces
    In the west, lies Winchester, ancient capital of Alfred the Great, with its fine Norman cathedral built between 1079 and 1093. This is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe and was used as a location...

  • 62 An English Wonderland
    Lewis Carroll was a remarkable man. His real name was Charles Dodgson and he was a logician, Anglican deacon and amateur photographer, as well as professor of mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford. That's...

  • 63 Van Gogh's letters at London's Royal Academy
    If you're an art-lover and you plan to visit London before April 18th, you're in luck: the Royal Academy is presenting The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters, an exhibition that offers a new insight...

  • 64 Spring fun and games
    Corfe Castle, Dorset April fool's jester day, April 1st, 11.30am - 3.30pm Corfe Castle is one of Britain's most majestic ruins and boasts breathtaking views over the Dorset countryside. The castle itself,...

  • 65 A string of light from coast to coast
    Stretching the width of the country, the 84-mile-long structure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marked the northern boundary of the powerful Roman Empire in Britain. It has passed into history and folk...

  • 66 Love is in the air
    Stourhead, Wiltshire A valley near Bath, is home to the Stourhead eighteenth-century landscaped gardens with its magnificent lake, classical temples and follies. The Temple of Apollo is particularly romantic...

  • 67 Your pass to the finest VIP clubs in the world
    Fortunately, not all the world's private clubs are quite as exclusive as the Carlton Club, founded in London in 1832 by aristocratic Tories, where, until last year, Margaret Thatcher was the only female...

  • 68 Skating around Britain
    Ice-skating at Christmas may conjure images of the rink alongside the Rockefeller Centre that features in so many Hollywood films. But Britain has its own iconic architecture, and you don't need to go...

  • 69 New Year around the world
    In Spain, in those last final seconds of the year, many of the population will risk choking as they attempt to swallow 12 grapes in synch with the 12 chimes of the clock in Madrid's Puerta del Sol. The...

  • 70 New Year around the world
      In Spain, in those last final seconds of the year, many of the population will risk choking as they attempt to swallow 12 grapes in synch with the 12 chimes of the clock in Madrid's Puerta del...

  • 71 Montezuma, the last Aztec emperor, comes to London
      Montezuma is the fourth and final star of a series of exhibitions that the museum has offered over the last few years devoted to great political and military leaders of the world. The exhibition,...

  • 72 The secret hotels of the stars
    The Wakaya Club & Spa Wakaya, Suva (Fiji) Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas and Bill Gates are just some of the big names who have found refuge in this luxurious resort located on the private island of...



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