Short Breaks

Wend along the Wensum: an off-beat walk through Norwich

March 3, 2017

The first of a new occasional series on city walks follows a quiet path along the Wensum – rather than main streets – to discover Norwich’s architectural treasures and rich history Faced with an unfamiliar city, the temptation for many visitors is to head straight for the centre. In Norwich, this is particularly true for […]

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Great little ski resorts: Vaujany, France

March 3, 2017

This unspoilt village on the doorstep of the vast Alpe d’Huez ski area offers stunning scenery, but is free of the crowds and commercialism of the bigger resort The village of Vaujany, an hour by car from Grenoble, struck unexpected gold in the 1980s when the government compulsorily purchased a giant chunk of land for […]

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Aarhus, Denmark: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels

March 3, 2017

The 2017 European Capital of Culture has cool museums and galleries, and a wide range of modern Nordic food and drink, all within a compact walkable city centre When Aarhus was named joint European Capital of Culture for 2017, even seasoned travellers had to reach for an atlas. Denmark’s second city has long lived in […]

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10 of the best market restaurants in Barcelona

March 3, 2017

The restaurants and stalls around Barcelona’s markets use fresh produce, often direct from the vendors – and are some of the best places to eat in the city You’ve not really done Barcelona until you’ve ticked off a Gaudí or two, had some average tapas, watched stag and hen parties messily collide in the early […]

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The alt city guide to Sheffield

March 3, 2017

The South Yorkshire city’s music and clubs have had a huge influence in the UK over the years. Less well known is its fabulous array of independent restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries Sheffield is a city of real creative integrity. It never shouts about itself and doesn’t compromise. Look at its musical history. From cult […]

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The best new budget hotels in London under £100

March 3, 2017

With smart tech and sharp design, a new wave of budget hotels is sweeping away grisly memories of dull functionality. We review a selection of the latest openings across London London’s budget hotel sector is booming. The global financial crisis prompted a development spree among the big low-cost brands and, according to a Visit London […]

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Redmayne House B&B, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria: hotel review

March 3, 2017

A stylish, supremely comfortable B&B with big breakfasts – Eden Valley walkers couldn’t ask for a better place to relax It’s late on a winter’s afternoon in the Eden Valley, and the light is fading. We’ve done a nine-mile hike to Nine Standards Rigg, high on the Pennine watershed, and, as B&B owners Liz and […]

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City breaks with kids: Brighton

March 3, 2017

Our series of city guides for families heads to the Sussex coast for seaside attractions galore – plus plenty of museums in case of wet weather More in this series: Berlin | Paris | Barcelona | Rome | Amsterdam | London Brighton’s Palace Pier may be the city’s most iconic landmark but in my experience […]

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10 of the best things to do in Hamburg

March 3, 2017

The recent opening of the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall put the port city in the spotlight, but there is a host of other attractions, plus great cocktails, design hotels and totally delicious fish sandwiches Hamburg has a great choice of stylish design hotels and hip hostels. The immense Gastwerk, in a 120-year-old red-brick former gasworks […]

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20 of the best places to stargaze in the UK

March 3, 2017

The National Parks Dark Skies Festival (18-26 February) is an ideal opportunity to try stargazing in some of the UK’s wildest areas. But here, we’ve also selected stellar sites that are good throughout the year The South Downs became an international dark sky reserve in May 2016, with 66% of the park having bronze-level skies […]

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