England’s best historic houses

A selection of our favourite historic houses in England, from medieval castles to Edwardian Arts-and-Crafts architecture.

Waterway wandering: England’s prettiest canal walks

Take it slow and savour these pockets of tranquility.

A true family Christmas pudding

Based in the Chilterns, this family-run pudding producer learned its tricks from Nanna.

Recipe of the Week: Mrs Beeton’s Bakewell Pudding

Try your hand at baking a firm British family favourite with this vintage recipe from a classic household handbook.

The rise of the ‘daycation’: our favourite family activities in England

From ice cream farms to model villages.

Stellar skies: the world’s best stargazing spots

Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.

A hiker’s paradise: 5 of the best Northumberland walks

When it comes to walks, Northumberland has almost too much on offer.

The best wild swimming spots in South Devon

There are so many wild and watery places to explore along Devon rivers, estuaries and coastline.

The best family days out in Somerset

Seeking a fun and inspirational day out in Somerset? Here are some of our favourites.

A grand day out: the best stately homes in Cheshire

The county is blessed when it comes to impressive manor houses.

Five family days out in Shropshire

This oft-overlooked county has plenty of attractions to inspire all ages.

A Slow day in… Chester

Steeped in history – Roman, medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian – Chester is a charming place to wander down the ages.

Size isn’t everything: the best small hills in England

Phoebe Smith picks five of her favourite small hills in England that all the family can enjoy.

The best ruins in England

From castles and abbeys to Roman ruins and RAF bases, England is rich in ruins.

Lockdown walks: a city river stroll through Norwich

Take a walk around Norfolk’s capital, Norwich, along the bank of the River Wensum.