Everyone knows the best thing about staying at hotels, b&bs;, inns, arms, what have you, is the breakfast. No hangover will ever stop you from making that cut-off point, whether that's 10 or 11am. Foodie fiends will particularly appreciate these 10 wonderfully relaxed establishments, which combine an emphasis on great local ingredients with twists on classics that pleasantly surprise. The bacon rowie is reinvented as a sourdough croissant, mushrooms get the truffle treatment and Welsh specialty laver bread is served with halloumi. From Scotland to Somerset and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, discover the great British breakfasts worth getting out of bed for.
It’s just an old cobblestone bridge spanning a pretty stream, but every year thousands of visitors come to see Ayrshire’s Brig o’ Doon, imagining a terror-stricken farmer and his horse fleeing across it, pursued by screaming banshees.
The ruins of St Dwynwen’s Church stand on Llanddwyn, a narrow, rocky spit of land that becomes an island at high tide. The arched windows of its collapsed nave hold its scant remains aloft. Winter days often bring bone-rattling winds and relentless waves to this rugged speck on the south coast of Anglesey.
What does the Trois Vallées ski area in France have in common with cinemas around the world? It is currently showing Frozen II – but not in the way you might expect.
The problem visitors to Paris have is there is just too much to do, from its world-class museums to utterly staggering art galleries. Here is Telegraph destination expert Hannah Meltzer's guide to the very best experiences in the city, from ripping down the Champs-Élysées in a quirky retro sidecar and eating dinner in the home of a local Parisian food blogger, to insider tips on tackling classics like the Louvre and Eiffel Tower like a pro.
Nightlife is one of Melbourne’s biggest drawcards, with a sophisticated and booming bar scene that fills its compact centre come the weekend and spreads far into its inner neighbourhoods any night of the week. The city’s reputation as Australia’s most European metropolis is, in part due to its number of small wine bars, a phenomena that sprung up in the early 1990s when Sydney’s drinking habits still ran to pints in multi-storied pubs. That’s not to say it’s all small producer Pinot Blanc and duck rillettes though: live music is well supported – there’s no shortage of sticky carpet venues – and a strong dance music clique too.
Sure, there are icons: the Golden Gate Bridge really is as ridiculously good-looking as the pictures; Alcatraz Island a bizarre and fascinating chapter of history. But the most captivating thing about San Francisco is that it’s as much an enclave of raw, natural beauty as it is a vital, forward-thinking city. Take time to get to know both sides: for every rattling cable car ride or raucous Chinatown restaurant, there’s a peaceful, pine-scented hike with views stretching infinitely across the Pacific. And as the nation’s progressive capital, creativity is in the very fibre of these streets, making art of everything from hidden back alleys to the Bay Bridge. Here are the things to do you can’t miss.
There’s no denying that Sydney is a beach town. From the still waters of the genteel harbour beaches to the rougher surf of coastal beaches like Maroubra, the warmer months are spent stripping off, creaming up and diving in. But it’s not all surf in the Harbour Town. The city is vast and varied, home to grand museums, boutique galleries, cultural walks, high-end shopping, grungy street art and manicured public parks and gardens.
Prague is often cited as one Europe’s most romantic cities, so it’ll come as no surprise that its hotel scene reflects that. There are literally dozens of hotels you can melt into for a weekend, or enjoy your honeymoon (or even wedding) at, ranging from decadent, sensual boltholes to classic but still sumptuous destination hotels. For something more unique, book the musically-inspired Aria. Here's our pick of the most romantic hotels in Prague.
The pleasure of Brussels lies in wandering its streets, taking in the views from the hilltops, looking in shops, and stopping in the cafés. The centre of Brussels now has the second largest pedestrianised zone in Europe (after Venice), making it even more attractive to walkers, but even beyond that the city is eminently walkable. Brussels is not large, but there’s plenty packed in and lots of things to do, from glittering historic architecture and modern art to music and Tintin.
With so much history crammed into one crowded, chaotic city, it’s hard to know where to start sightseeing in Athens. If you’re into antiquities, you could spend a week wandering among the ruins clustered around the Acropolis.
As well as its abundant and enticing architecture – Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic – Prague crams an impressive amount of culture and things to do into its relatively small size. The compact Old Town and adjacent New Town offer top-notch museums and edgy galleries, as well as some memorable street sculpture. In summer, there are riverside walks and boat rides to enjoy, as well as green parks and romantic gardens to explore, while those willing to explore a little further afield will be rewarded with star-studded cemeteries, Soviet-era landmarks and factories transformed into cultural complexes.
With more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, there’s always something exciting just around the corner in York. Our comprehensive guide to the city’s best sights, experiences and things to do takes you from the soaring York Minster, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, to the newly refurbished Jorvik Viking Centre, impressive art galleries and walking tours highlighting the city’s history.
Barcelona is an architectural and cultural hub studded with brooding cathedrals, myriad museums, and magnificent Gaudí creations. Telegraph Travel's Barcelona expert, Sally Davies shares her recommendations on the best things to do, from marvelling at Modernista buildings to exploring the Hansel and Gretel-inspired Park Güell.
Don’t bother with itineraries and to do lists; the best way to experience Devon is to be impulsive and do as the mood (and weather) takes you. Most of the fun things to do are outdoors, exploring the square-jawed scenery of Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, cycling riverside trails, surfing, sailing, bird-watching on Lundy Island, and hiking the South West Coastal Path. For culture vultures, stately homes offer a taste of Devon high life, while sophisticated seaside towns such as Dartmouth run regular arts, music and food events and sailing regattas.
Edinburgh may be best known for the International Festival, which takes place every August, but there are plenty of other attractions to pull in visitors year-round. From whisky tastings to exploring Japanese gardens and 300-year-old underground passages, Telegraph Travel expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite things to do.
Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline with over 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours, and oak-forested creeks – every mile accessible on foot and with plenty of things to do along the way. There is surfing on the north coast, sailing and paddle boarding on the south and all kinds of water craft for hire from picture-book harbours. Tucked away in sheltered valleys are the county’s justly celebrated sub-tropical gardens stocked with specimens from five continents collected by Victorian planthunters. Many have a country house attached, which is open to the public and has activities for children to keep everyone engaged.
For more than 200 years, on or around January 25, people have celebrated the life of Robert Burns – regarded as Scotland's national poet, and a pioneer of British Romanticism.
For a relatively small place, Belfast certainly has an impressive number of ties to history: once the thriving capital of the Industrial Revolution, it was home to the world’s biggest shipyards, linen mills and tobacco factories; RMS Titanic, arguably the most famous ship in the world, was born here; then came the The Troubles, a turbulent period synonymous with violence and unrest.
Steeped in history, studded with sumptuous old libraries, and home to the world's best panoramic Guinness bar, a city break in Dublin delivers some seriously standout experiences. From exploring the fascinating Dublin Castle and taking a cruise in Dublin Bay, to indulging in an offbeat supper club, destination expert Neil Hegarty lets Telegraph readers in on his favourite things to do.
Thanks to the 24 emperors who have called Beijing home since the Ming Dynasty, there are more things to do in the capital than any other Chinese city. The Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex, is just the start. Throw in the Summer Palace, the cosmologically aligned Temple of Heaven, the magisterial Drum and Bell Towers, the pleasure lakes of Beihai and Shichahai, and protecting it all from the barbarians beyond, the Great Wall snaking through the city’s northern mountains. Since 1949 you can add Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People, and umpteen other socialist monuments.
The Lake District, undoubtedly, has some of Britain’s finest scenery and fell-walking. But it has much more – much (not surprisingly) as a consequence of its headline-grabbing views. Writers, poets and artists (such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth) were drawn here, leaving fascinating homes to explore. Wealthy folk built grand houses and gardens to capitalise on the landscapes. Quirky things to do include a distillery tour, slate mine and pencil museum – but honestly nothing beats a lake cruise for complete relaxation.
Brighton was once the seaside bolthole of the Prince Regent – and his legacy is found in Regency architecture, fine parks and bejewelled churches. He also bestowed his libertine attitude on Brightonians. Throughout the city, established museums mix with quirky experiences. Follow Louise Roddon, Telegraph Travel's Brighton expert, as she shares her favourite things to do, from barbecueing local sausages on the beach to floating up to the city's highest viewpoint.
Perth city is full of things you don’t expect to find – so long as you know where to look. There’s a 750 year old boab tree that is expected to live to be 2000. There are friendly kangaroos on an island beside the CBD. And there’s a rooftop cinema hidden atop a carpark. Many of Perth’s most enjoyable pursuits are found outdoors, be it strolling through native bushland, joining an urban walking tour, cruising the Swan River or meeting famous, fuzzy quokkas who’ll smile for Rottnest Island selfie with you. Allocate a few days in Perth and use the following as your hit list for the best things to do.
There are so many things to do and see in Vegas – both in and around the resorts on The Strip, and in the lively and rapidly revitalising downtown – that you'll never get through it all. Make sure to hit up at least a couple of the classic attractions and landmarks, catch a performance by Cirque du Soleil, learn something about Vegas history at the Neon Museum or the Mob Museum, and try your hand at the blackjack table at least once.