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Mini guide to nightlife in Glasgow

From traditional pubs to candlelit clubs, the social scene in Scotland’s second city is some of the best in Britain.<p>Whether you’re after a wee dram in a cosy pub, a microbrewery beer in a swanky bar or a night filled with loud live music and dancing, Glasgow’s nightlife has something for</b> …

England

The sophisticated flavours of rural Wales

The remote Brecon Beacons National Park is capitalising on its abundance of local produce, from award-winning venison to wholemeal bread made in a 19th-century water mill.<p>It is a land so wild and tough that the British Special Air Service (SAS) use it for their training, and it has been attracting …

National Parks

Enjoy the best of Dublin without spending a dime

From an 18th-century lighthouse to an eccentric literary re-enactment, take advantage of the Irish capital’s free summertime offerings.<p>Lonely Planet’s Ireland expert Fionn Davenport shares his tips for what’s free in the capital this summer.<p><b>Bloomsday</b><br>June sees James Joyce fans dressing up in …

Ireland

London’s wild night out

Starting 14 June, leave the kids at home and celebrate your own inner child at the weekly London Zoo after-hours summer parties.<p>The beloved London Zoo has provided generations of children with hours of fun since it opened in 1847. And this summer, the after-hours Zoo Lates is bringing grown-ups …

England

New gear to smooth summer travel

Lost luggage, questionable travel pillows, dodgy wheelie bags and countless other hassles can trip up even the smartest traveller. These five innovative products are here to help.

Luggage

Have the Italian Riviera all to yourself

Often overshadowed by the well-known Riviera delle Palme, the less-trafficked Riviera dei Fiori has the same azure waters, alpine views and medieval towns, without any of the crowds.<p>Tucked between southern France to the west and Tuscany to the east, the crescent-shaped coast of Liguria in northwest …

Italy

Reader Q&A: Inexpensive mini breaks from London

BBC Travel reader Rachel Collins is moving to the British capital with her fiancé and is looking for quick, affordable weekend getaways. Our Facebook fans gave her some suggestions.<p>Last week, BBC Travel follower Rachel Collins told us that she is moving to London with her fiancé next year and asked …

England

Classic sights in the City of Light

From catacombs and cathedrals to towers and palaces, Paris is home to some of France’s most intriguing locations, both above and below ground.<p>Get to the heart of Paris with a tour of five of its star sights, from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, and a day trip to the …

France

Reader Q&A: Must-see sights in Scotland and Ireland

BBC Travel reader Lena Petrenko is seeking recommendations for a trip to Dublin and Edinburgh. Our Facebook followers gave her some suggestions.<p>Last week, we asked our Facebook community to help Lena Petrenko plan her travels to Scotland and Ireland. She asked: “Could you please share any …

Ireland

High-altitude dining in London

Three new restaurants have opened in The Shard, providing impressive new ways to experience the city's latest trend.<p>Thanks to London's rising skyline, high-altitude dining is the city's latest trend. In the last few months three new restaurants – Oblix, Aqua Shard and Hutong – have opened in The …

Lifestyle

A gourmand pilgrimage to Scottish shores

Home to more sheep than people, the remote Inner Hebrides island of Iona is developing a flourishing slow-food scene, where gardens are only fertilised using seaweed.

Ireland

A portrait of summer in Finland

The Turku archipelago preserves Nordic traditions, astonishing natural beauty and some disquieting memories.<p>Out in the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea lies the tiny island of Stenskär – Stone Island – named for the granite boulder on its summit, left behind by a departing glacier in the last ice …

European Travel

The perfect trip: Norway

This country does not do nature on a small scale. It is a land of earth-shattering glaciers, fjords of epic proportions and countless coastal islands scarcely touched by civilisation.<p>Traverse Norway'­s dramatic landscape in this ideal excursion, taking in one of the world's great rail journeys from …

European Travel

Mini guide to pubs in London

In a country known for its watering holes, these are the go-to places for craft beers, gastropub dishes and to soak up the city’s wealth of history.<p>One of the city’s great social levellers, a local can be the place to go for craft beers or gastropub dishes, for feeling the sun on your face in an …

England

Idyllic island life off the coast of Italy

Often overlooked in favour of glitzier neighbours Capri and Positano, tiny Procida is the kind of tradition-bound Mediterranean escape that is increasingly hard to find.

Italy

London’s stairway to heaven

Head to the Tate Modern in Southwark and you could find yourself lost in a gravity-defying maze of 15 interlocking wooden stairways.<p>Head to the Tate Modern in Southwark and you could find yourself lost in a dizzying maze of 15 interlocking wooden stairways. The gravity-defying stairs, located on …

England

Living in: The world’s happiest places

The world’s top five happiest countries, all of which fall in northern Europe, have cities that delight residents with old town charm, cultural offerings and easy access to nature.<p>If, as Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, happy families are all alike, what about happy countries?<p>The World Happiness …

European Travel

Parisian cafes: Now with cats?

Inspired by the enchanting Japanese concept, the first cat cafe has opened in the Marais – but with a distinctly Gallic flavour.<p>France’s very first cat cafe has opened, bringing the enchanting Japanese concept that combines food and felines to Paris’ Marais neighbourhood.<p>Le Café des Chats, which …

France

10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

European Travel