Archive for April, 2016

The best affordable hotels, B&Bs and hostels in Ireland

April 3, 2016

Ireland has its grand, expensive hotels but it’s possible to get quality, comfort and style at a price you may like too. We round up some of the best places to stay across the Republic and Northern Ireland Got a recommendation for somewhere to stay in Ireland? Share your tips in the comments below As […]

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Top 10 wheelchair-accessible cabins, lodges and cottages in the UK

April 3, 2016

Ahead of Disabled Access Day, Srin Madipalli, founder of accomable.com, an online collection of accessible properties, picks 10 of his favourites places to stay Nungwi Village Award-winning accessible cottages with hot tubsOn a ridge of the South Downs national park, 12 miles from Winchester, are Wallops Wood’s five award-winning ground floor self-catering cottages, individually rated […]

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Butlins Astonishing Family Science Weekend: review

April 3, 2016

Science, fun and Butlins collide at this enlightening three-night family resort break that gets the balance between learning and laughter spot on Nungwi Village My father was a control and instrumentation engineer. I was never very clear what that meant. I was the one mumbling at the back when we had those “What my dad […]

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Hello Dolly: Edinburgh’s National Museum welcomes new exhibits for its 150th anniversary

April 3, 2016

Dolly the Sheep and Britain’s oldest plane are stars of the National Museum of Scotland’s 150th birthday facelift. Peter Ross goes behind the scenes It is one of those bright, cold mornings in which Edinburgh seems to specialise. The golden cockerel atop the spire of St Giles’ cathedral is etched against a pale blue sky, […]

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Edinburgh city guide: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

April 3, 2016

Dodge the tartan and tour groups with Vonny Moyes’s guide to Edinburgh’s contemporary culture, bars brimming with personality, and great-value places to eat and stay Edinburgh’s dirtiest trick is hiding in plain sight. Sold a 2D iteration of Braveheart, bagpipes and festivals, tourists cling to trademark attractions that have steep prices and no soul. When […]

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What to do in Edinburgh: readers’ travel tips

April 3, 2016

A castle in Edinburgh (but not the usual one), cinema nostalgia, up close with live music, and plenty of historic attractions – even beyond the well-known haunts, Auld Reekie has plenty to offer Stroll up the Royal Mile and, just past the Canongate Kirk, turn into Chrichton’s Close (next to Starbucks) to discover the haven […]

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Let’s go to … Windermere

April 3, 2016

A trip to the Lakes to join the celebrations for Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday will make for family fun – and provide a chance to tuck in to some fine food and drink To celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, the National Trust is holding its first Children’s Book festival at Wray Castle on Windermere (4-6 […]

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Favourite Paris bistros: readers’ travel tips

April 3, 2016

The streets of Paris thrum with bistros serving tourists and locals traditional and contemporary delights at a wide variety of prices. Our readers help sort the gougères from the crépes Just behind the hustle and bustle of the Marais is a hidden little entrance to Jaja, a cosy little alfresco parcel of peace. Not your […]

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The best of Switzerland’s city sights: readers’ tips

April 3, 2016

With Alpine backdrops, sparkling lakes and medieval hearts, these Swiss cities rank among some of the most picturesque destinations in Europe Dramatically positioned on a glittering blue lake with mountains towering around, Lugano is a stunner. If arriving by train, take the little funicular down into the centre and soak up the rarefied air of […]

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Fish and clips: the Utah restaurant where waiters carry guns in their kilts

April 3, 2016

The kilts are a tribute to the Siebers family’s Scottish roots. As for the guns: ‘We believe in the second amendment. We’re making a statement to support that’ The first things you notice are the smell of freshly fried cod and the fact that the men serving it up are wearing kilts. It’s only afterward […]

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