The Arden, Stratford upon Avon

The Arden Hotel: A Perfect Family Base for Exploring Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Check into the Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, and you couldn’t get closer to the historical Shakespearian action that this town has thrived upon for centuries if you tried. If you have one of the riverside rooms and a good aim, you could probably fly a paper airplane from the window into the grounds of the…

The Lygon Arms Hotel Broadway

The Lygon Arms Hotel: Immersive English History with a Warm Welcome for Kids (And Dogs!)

Travelers have been checking into The Lygon Arms Hotel in the Cotswolds since the 14th century. And not just any Tom, Dick or Harry either: During the English Civil War, King Charles I and his crew hung out here, as did his archenemy Oliver Cromwell. A few hundred years later, King Edward VII rested here, and…

Getting Paris with Kids Right

The children and sightseeing combo is a tricky one to get right. To enjoy a tourist attraction kids need to be impressed … and kids are hard to impress. What’s more, if they’re not enjoying the experience they will make sure that no one within ten feet is either.

As the children of a travel writer, my kids are experienced city breakers and by trial and error we’ve worked out a formula that keeps everyone happy ‘most’ of the time.

The Grand Hotel and Spa, is York's only five star hotel

The Grand Hotel and Spa, York: A Luxe Home Base for One of England’s Most Historic Cities

Just a 5-minute walk from the main railway station in York, yet within the medieval walls, The Grand Hotel and Spa, York sits right at the heart of this historic English city. It’s the perfect base from which to explore everything York and the surrounding Yorkshire countryside has to offer.  Family-Friendly Review of The Grand Hotel…

Le Morne Mauritius

Why Mauritius is Made for Kids

Mauritius has been typecast as a honeymooners’ destination, but why should lovers monopolise this Indian Ocean paradise island? What we’ve just found out is that it has everything you need for the perfect family holiday too. Top Kid-Friendly Activities on Mauritius Water Activities Mauritius is a one-stop shop for outdoors-loving families. Your local aquarium may…

The Celtic Manor is the perfect base from which to explore South Wales

Celtic Manor Resort: A Luxe Wales Retreat for Outdoors-Loving Families

Celtic Manor Resort is a luxury modern hotel complex that literally stands at the doorway of Wales. Just a few minutes’ drive from the border with England, and two hours from London, the resort is Wales’ answer to Scotland’s Gleneagles, without the history. You might associate the word ‘resort’ with seaside hotels. But with two properties onsite —…

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Best Winter Activities in London with Kids

Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in London. It’s such a lovely place for a family city break. And, as you can just as easily wake up to a beautiful sun painted day in London in mid-January as in mid-June, winter is as good a time as any to visit. Plus, if you come in Winter you expect it to be cold and maybe rainy, those sunny days are a bonus.

Be greeted by cold winds and thunder come Spring and your disappointment will be far greater and, however well you think you’ve packed, you’ll probably still need to go out and add to your wardrobe.

The Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort is an architectural masterpiece built into the mountainside

A Hillside Hideout in the Canary Islands That’s a Treat for All Ages

The Canary Islands, Spain’s tropical archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, are where Brits, Irish and Northern Europeans tend to escape when they want a quick dash to a place they can pretty much guarantee year-round sunshine. With spectacular sand dunes, dramatic volcanic landscapes and enchanting pine forests, Gran Canaria is one of the most diverse islands in…