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Ibis Styles Manchester Portland review
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Sunshine and showers at the ibis Styles, Manchester

My city break trips are usually a whirlwind of sightseeing, eating and drinking, where a hotel’s more a place to sleep than somewhere to spend much time in. A good city break hotel needs to be central, comfortable, clean…

A weekend in Cambridge, England
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A weekend in Cambridge: A 48-hour itinerary

After living in Oxford for a few years, I thought I knew where my loyalties lay – you’d never find me cheering Cambridge in the boat race. But my first trip to Cambridge started to sway me. Like Oxford…

London underground: Euston’s secret tunnels
Travel tales

London underground: Euston’s secret tunnels

For years I commuted to work in London on the underground to Euston station. I’d walk through its miles of tunnels and down to the Northern Line every day – usually on autopilot and hardly noticing where I was.…

Log house luxury in the Cotswolds
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Log house luxury in the Cotswolds

Driving past lake after lake as we crossed Ontario on my Canadian road trip last year, I’d spot the occasional  log cabin, tucked between the trees and reflected in the water. Usually with a boat moored up and sometimes…

Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed
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A Cornish winter break at Chy Braya in Falmouth

You might think of Cornwall as a summer holiday destination, somewhere you go for surfing, sandcastle-building and pasties on the beach. But it makes for a great winter break too – think blustery coastal walks, deserted beaches, cosy pubs…

A weekend in Chester
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A weekend in Chester: A 48-hour itinerary

It was my first trip to Chester, but as I walked around I started to feel a sense of déjà vu. It was like someone had taken the best bits from cities around the UK and spliced them together.…

The underground secrets of Dover Castle
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Dover Castle’s underground secrets

On the surface it’s England’s largest castle. Dover Castle has been defending the Kent coastline from centuries of invaders since 1066. But below ground it has another hidden side. Deep inside the chalk rocks that make up the White…

A weekend in Rye, East Sussex: A 48-hour itinerary
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A weekend in Rye, East Sussex: A 48-hour itinerary

A hilltop town with a picturesque jumble of cobbled streets and historic buildings, Rye in East Sussex is a British costume drama set come to life. It’s got the charm and beauty to match England’s most popular spots, but…

A Sussex seaside break in Hastings
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A Sussex seaside break in Hastings

A hundred years ago, a British holiday meant a week by the seaside. The country’s coastline was scattered with seaside resorts with their piers, donkey rides and dance halls. As time went on, cheap flights and package holidays meant…