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Walking Along the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

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Shopping for secrets: Paris' covered passages exposed

The <i>passages couverts</i> (covered arcades) of Paris are as beautiful as they are enigmatic. Tucked behind decorative archways, the historic shopping passages situated on the Right Bank exude a sense of city life before Baron Haussmann's wrecking ball brought in spacious boulevards.<p>Dating back to the …

France

The rise and rise of Yorkshire's food and drink scene

The humble Yorkshire pudding may be its greatest culinary claim to fame, but England’s largest county is becoming increasingly sophisticated and experimental in the kitchen. Yorkshire’s award-winning produce is grown amid the dales and plucked from the North Sea to supply fiercely local delis and …

North Sea

Travel gear reviews: get ready for adventure in 2018

A new year symbolises a new beginning, providing the perfect excuse to refresh some of the more well-worn items in your travel gear arsenal.<p>In this set of reviews, we cast an eye over a range of staple travel kit – bags, clothes and more – that’ll endure whatever adventures 2018 has in store, …

Backpacking

Eight of the best day trips from London

With so many world-class things to see and do in London, planning a day trip away from it can feel akin to lounging on a sunbed in Mauritius researching beach holidays. But England is spoilt rotten with attractions meaning a day away from the capital is definitely worthwhile and generally just a …

England

Lights, camera, Dublin - a film and TV lover's guide to Ireland's capital

Dublin is known more for its great literature than its cinematic epics but the movies do offer a way of getting under the city’s cultural skin without having to give <i>Ulysses</i> another try.<p>For many years Ireland and its capital have been home to a thriving film industry meaning there are plenty of …

Ireland

Beyond the Giant's Causeway: exploring Northern Ireland's dramatic Causeway Coast

The epic rocks at the Giant’s Causeway are arguably the star attraction along the Causeway Coastal Route – there’s a clue in the name – but there’s plenty more to see and do beyond this vast expanse of closely packed, hexagonal stone columns fabled to be the handiwork of giants.<p>Beyond the grandeur …

Ireland

Two days in Oxford, uncovering the best of the city

Known for being the city of dreaming spires and for having the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford has more clout than most other places of its size. The city centre is compact and simple to get around on foot, which makes it easy to explore this world-famous, culturally …

England

How to live like a local in Amsterdam

In 2014, Lonely Planet Local Claire Bissell jumped on a plane to Amsterdam to be with her partner. She bought a bike, developed a taste for raw herring and never looked back. The Dutch capital is now the place she calls home, and she loves the city’s relaxed atmosphere, cycle lanes and never-ending …

European Travel

A quick trip to York - 2000 years in two days

Nowhere in England packs as much historical might into as small a space as York. From Romans and Anglo-Saxons to Vikings and Normans, the list of former inhabitants is a long one and the visible reminders of their presence today many, with the medieval period taking the historical limelight thanks …

Archaeology

How to live like a Local in Geelong Australia

Originally from Melbourne, Lonely Planet Local Kate and her partner made the move to Geelong over a year ago for its relaxed lifestyle. As a travel writer, Kate spends her time travelling the world but finds nowhere is as friendly as Geelong; it has a great community feel and the location – close …

Australia

Lonely Planet's little black book of amazing destinations - Lonely Planet

A sublime sunset view, a wild off-road adventure: these are the moments that turn our escapes into love affairs for a new locale. And while there may be myriad cities on your bucket list befitting a fleeting holiday romance, what about the destinations we choose to make a long-term commitment to?<p>We …

Cape Town

Ten must-see castles in Ireland

Castles – whether ruined, regal or otherwise – are a feature of the Irish landscape. Successive waves of arrivals built fortifications to protect themselves from rival claimants to their newly acquired patch of land. Of the 3000 or so castles spread across Ireland, the most impressive are the ones …

Ireland

The Curtain: Shoreditch's new hotspot

A New York party king brings his brand of fun to East London<p>East London is going ga-ga for private members' clubs right now. Where once Shoreditch …

Bob Marley

Brunch at Pergola On The Roof

Summer in London means rooftop drinking and, this season, sky-high Pergola on The Roof brings a touch of the Hamptons to White City, all whitewashed …

The Henrietta - Covent Garden's new hotspot

In the past couple of years a new generation of restaurants and bars has cropped up in Covent Garden. The lively neighbourhood, no longer just full …

The Yorkshire Coast: an insider's guide

Take a nostalgic jaunt along the Yorkshire Coast and rediscover the seaside towns - Scarborough, Saltburn and Bridlington - which have been refining …

The best brunch in London

The Good Egg, Soho<p><b>Best brunch for:</b> Jeruslaem-style sharing plates<b><br>The dish to order:</b> babka<p>The Stoke Newington institution, famous for its …

Hudson: the trendiest town in New York State

The Brooklyn Effect is rippling upstate and giving some attitude to the small town of Hudson, a nice-as-pie, riverside whistle stop in New York State …

Hudson Valley

The Whitby Hotel – British charm in NYC

The Whitby Hotel - Kit Kemp's second New York hotel - is shaking up Midtown Manhattan with its fresh style and British eccentricity<p>Being British in …

10 stunning secret beaches in Scotland

The Scottish Highlands and islands are home to some of the best beaches in the UK. Kimberley Grant, author of 'Wild Guide Scotland', uncovers the …

Scotland

This summer's hottest holiday label: Kalmar

Where is home for you?<p>'Currently Belgravia in London. I love to walk to Battersea Park every so often and get a nature fix - it feels as if I have …

The best restaurants in London right now

This best restaurant in London this week is Social Eating House in Soho<p>British food was once considered Europe's poor culinary relation, but over the …

England

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch: everything you need to know

Nobu's first London hotel opened in Shoreditch in September, and already it's one of the city's hottest hangouts<p>Hollywood loves a good yarn. And the …

London's loveliest restaurants with gardens

THE RITZ HOTEL, Green Park<p>Beyond the famous gilded Palm Court and through the restaurant lies an outdoor area that feels more like a Parisian …

10 places to stay in Edinburgh you need to know about

From the finest Edinburgh hotels to our pick of the houses to rent, these are the best places to stay in the Scottish capital<p>The Balmoral<p>Edinburgh's …

11 amazing things to do in Edinburgh

Venture into haunted vaults<p>Scare the bejeezus out of yourself on a spooky candlelit tour of Edinburgh at night. The Underground City of The Dead tour …

This year's hottest new bars in the world

Untitled, London<p>This is the playground of molecular mixologist Tony Conigliaro, the Heston Blumenthal of drinks. Inspired by Andy Warhol's Sixties …

This year's hottest new restaurants in the world

Norn, Edinburgh<p>Norn<p>Owner-chef Scott Smith goes foraging for ingredients in Scotland's Highlands and islands to create seasonal dishes you won't find …

Where to find the best afternoon tea in London

Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Savoy<p>The best afternoon tea in London for: Stretching out for a long afternoon beside the Thames<p>London today is as …