Hotels in Jersey
Base yourself in an idyllic setting boasting a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty with a stay at one of Jersey’s hotels. You may be drawn in by the hauntingly historic war tunnels, the timeless grandeur of its castles, the fascinating museums or the serene beaches.
The 4 star St Brelades Bay Hotel overlooks the bay of the same name. It’s the perfect place for active guests, thanks to its indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts. You can work out at the gym at your own pace, or hire a personal trainer to motivate you. Prefer to exercise outdoors? Take advantage of the hiking trails around the cliffs and take in the island’s stunning scenery. Afterwards return to the hotel to make your dinner selection. The options will include dishes such as smoked salmon, seabass, tiger prawns, lobster, gourmet burgers, steaks and vegan ragu. You’ll have earned it!
But if it’s a foodie break you’re after, you’ll want to book The Atlantic Hotel, with its 4 AA Rosette restaurant. You’ll be served mouthwatering dishes such as roast lamb rump, Jerusalem artichoke & truffle risotto, Old Winchester cheese gnocchi and lobster & scallop mousseline ravioli. Afterwards it could be raspberry assiette or a selection of five cheeses with biscuits. The children have their own menu featuring kiddie favourites like spaghetti, burgers and fish & chips. When you’re not eating there’s a wellness centre and yoga classes.
For something a bit different La Place Hotel combines the charm of a country cottage with the facilities you’d expect from a 4 star hotel. Whichever hotel you choose to stay at, you'll find it easy to get around thanks to the reliable high-frequency bus network that serves the island.
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Charming, charismatic and picturesque, Dublin is a place that will welcome you with open arms. This unique capital city combines centuries of history and literature with a young population and contemporary entertainment. Come and walk the enchanting cobbled streets and join the locals for some legendary fun, or craic, as the Irish say.
Spend your time visiting iconic sights and immersing yourself in the rich culture before rounding off your day with a pint of Guinness in a cosy pub. Whether you’re planning a family adventure, couples’ getaway or stag weekend, there’s something for everyone here. And one thing’s for sure: whatever you get up to on your Dublin city break, you’re sure to return feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired.
Things to do
Dublin holidays mean discovering the city’s deep‐rooted history, listening to old tales from friendly locals and sampling the best Irish beer. The Dublin of today is modern and active: take your family to the zoo, enjoy a fun night out in Temple Bar or try your hand at Irish dancing. The city is located right on the east coast, so trips to the nearby cliffs and beaches are only a short bus ride away.
Vibrant literary history
Ireland’s capital has a celebrated literary past and a history filled with rebels and revolutionaries. Famous wordsmiths such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats all inhabited the city at one point. Take a stroll down one of Dublin’s canals and discover heritage plaques dedicated to these famous names. Or pay a visit to the Dublin Writers Museum, where you can learn all about the city’s historic literary traditions up until the 1970s.
Although predominantly known as a city encompassed by a rich history, Dublin is also home to a thriving contemporary art scene. From smaller galleries built into Georgian houses to large, cutting‐edge spaces, Dublin’s art venues reflect some of the best modern-day works. Iconic locations such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery reflect the visual arts scene, so they’re well worth visiting.
Castles, cathedrals and historic buildings
Those with interest in architecture will enjoy discovering some of the city’s finest buildings and historic structures. From Dublin Castle, one of the most important buildings in Irish history, to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, tour these picturesque sites to soak in the city’s history. Fans of Harry Potter can take a trip to Trinity College Library and witness the inspiration behind the ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’.
Dublin city breaks mean enjoying glorious green open spaces where you can have a picnic, feed the ducks, or relax with a good book. Set across 1,750 acres of recreational space, Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest enclosed park and a great place to take a walk. Famous for its deer population, it’s also the home of Dublin Zoo, where visitors can witness the wildlife, including elephants, penguins and much more.
Pubs, clubs, and live music
One of Dublin’s most notable features is its vibrant nightlife. Boasting a youthful atmosphere, you can be sure of a great night out in the city and become surrounded by merriment in spots like Harcourt Street and Camden Street. Whether you end up cutting shapes in an underground club or get stuck into some sean-nós dancing in a traditional Irish pub, you’re sure to have a great time. And wherever the night takes you, you’ll be greeted by cheap alcohol, chatty locals, and outstanding live music around every corner.
Besides its rich history and lush green landscape, Dublin is also renowned for its pubs. If you’re feeling thirsty after a long day of exploration, dip into one of the famous haunts across the city and experience lines of tap in a comfortable, cosy setting.
Famous pubs to enjoy a pint and some craic include O’Donoghues, The Dawson Lounge, and The Palace Bar. A second home for many Dubliners, O’Donoghues pub stands on a historical site in the city and boasts a rich heritage. Head here to sample the best of Dublin’s live music scene with events featuring Irish musicians hosted seven nights a week.
If clubs are more your thing, throw on your dancing shoes and boogie the night away in Opium Club on Wexford Street. A versatile venue spanning three floors, dance to nu‐disco and ambient techno likes until the early hours.
And if you’re lucky enough to be in town for St. Patrick’s Day (otherwise known as Paddy’s Day) on the 17th of March each year, you’re in for a real treat. During this time, Dublin comes alive for the biggest party of the year to give locals and visitors a truly memorable experience.
The ‘Black Stuff’ and Irish cuisine
Dutifully supplying both the Paddy’s Day festivities and the masses of wood-panelled pubs is the iconic ‘Black Stuff’ – Ireland’s national drink, Guinness. Here in Dublin, you can sip the best pint of Guinness and visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about this beverage’s history and how it’s brewed. Discover seven floors packed full of exciting interactive activities before stopping to enjoy a well‐earned pint in the rooftop Gravity Bar.
If you aren’t partial to the Black Stuff, you can always indulge in a fine glass of premiere Irish whiskey instead. One of Europe’s earliest distilled alcoholic beverages, Irish whiskey is exceptionally smooth and boasts an illustrious history. Today, Irish whiskey sales are growing, as are the whiskey brands available, and there are more distilleries open in Ireland now than there have been since the 19th century. Be sure to team your drink of choice with a steaming bowl of Irish stew and authentic soda bread.
Some of the best brands of Irish whiskey include Teeling, Jameson, and Bushmills. For an enjoyable day out, head to Teeling Whiskey Distillery in the heart of Dublin City, where you can experience a tour of the site from a knowledgeable guide and quench your thirst with a selection of tasting options.
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Holidays to Gibraltar take you to a slice of Britain in the heart of the Mediterranean. With 300 days of sunshine, resident wild monkeys and plenty of English watering holes, the magic lies in its mix of the familiar and the exotic. As a British territory bordering Spain, it's like walking into a typical seaside town in Blighty with a subtropical climate. Expect fish and chips shops and red post boxes sitting alongside Andalusian style townhouses.
Its unique geographical position also means it's the only place in Europe where you can see Africa, a mere 14 miles across the Strait. Gibraltar's VAT-free status also allows you to do some serious shopping at a fraction of the price. So if you're craving bucket-list-level scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and duty-free shopping, Gibraltar holidays are for you.
Things to Do
Just a quick hop from the UK (2.5 hours), the "Rock of Gibraltar" is the perfect destination for a mini-city break or weekend away. Covering less than three square miles, getting around this compact peninsula is super easy and affordable. Grab a bargain on the duty-free Main Street, take in spectacular vistas from its famous rock, or while the hours away on its relaxing British pub scene. You could even hop on a mini bus if you want to visit neighbouring Morocco.
One of our favourite places to visit in Gibraltar is Ocean Village. With its duty-free status and backdrop of high-end yachts, it's a shoppers' paradise. The sterling currency also means you won't be hit with any costly conversion rates. Lined with perfumeries, jewellery stores, boozy outlets and high-street names, you can shop ‘til you drop right into one of the many bars and restaurants along the strip. We recommend Sunborn Yacht for its casino and cocktails on the water.
Gibraltar holidays offer plenty in the way of nightlife. From traditional British pubs to high octane clubs open 'til sunrise. For Hawaiian vibes, check out Paradise Tiki Bar. Its funky music, exotic cocktails and tropical vibes will keep you going long after the sun comes up. For live DJ sets and vast dancefloors, make your way to Dusk, one of the trendiest nightclubs in town. Those in search of some home comforts will enjoy a late evening at The Ship, with good old English beer taps, pub grub, karaoke, quiz nights and sport on the big screen.
History & Culture
Its strategic location has made Gibraltar one of the most fought after places in Europe. Explore the underground siege tunnels and 8th-century forts to glimpse into its epic military past. In the shadow of a Moorish castle is Casemates Square, a bombproof barrack built in 1817. This is now a bustling plaza filled with shops, bars, and restaurants. The square also hosts many grand military parades and National Day celebrations.
Just a short 15-minute bus ride from the centre of town is Europa Point. Sitting at the most southern tip of Gibraltar, you'll get to see some incredible views out to Africa and Tangier. A large cannon points out across the Mediterranean Sea, with plaques detailing the unique history of its location. There's also a mosque, small church, cafe and lighthouse to explore.
Cable Car to the Summit
A holiday to Gibraltar would be incomplete without a trip to the top of the "Rock". While you can hike 5 miles to the summit, most visitors take a cable car to the top, taking just 6 minutes. At its peak, you'll find a nature reserve teeming with cheeky Barbary monkeys waiting to greet you. Keep hold of your handbag, though. They do like to grab anything they can get their hands on. You mustn't touch or feed them either, but watching them swinging through the trees is quite a sight.
Walk the Skies
Standing 340 metres above sea level is the famous Skywalk. Taller than the highest point of the London Shard, you're invited to walk across the glass-bottomed platform for uninterrupted views over three countries and two continents. Those seeking further thrills can stroll along the wobbly Windsor Suspension Bridge, high above a 50-metre gorge. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there's another route around the bridge.
St Michael’s Cave
One of our favourite places to visit in Gibraltar is St Michael’s cave, a natural wonder filled with stalactites and stalagmites. A mesmerising light show illuminates the formations. The site has hosted many weddings, picnics and concerts in the Victorian era. Known also as the cathedral cave, the venue still hosts many live music events within its auditorium.
There are plenty of things to do with the kids in Gibraltar. One of our favourite attractions is the dolphin excursions. Many of these tours run from Marina Bay, taking you on a viewing vessel that cruises the Strait. And for a history lesson like no other, head to the WW2 siege tunnels, filled with marvels of military engineering. Another top family attractions in Gibraltar is the Rock Escape Rooms, where you can crack codes and riddles together.
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Edinburgh has a rich heritage and a contemporary feel, making it a great city break destination. Stand in awe of its cliff top castle as the sound of bagpipes fill the streets or spend a day trying to catch a glimpse of the famous giant pandas which call its zoo home.
Things to do in Edinburgh
The famous Edinburgh Castle rises above the city on Castle Rock, with plenty to see inside, including the Scottish crown jewels. For the best of the city, head up to the extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat, armed with your camera of course. From here, you’ll be able to gaze down over the Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town.
When you think of the Scottish capital, there’s one sight that springs to mind - the famous Edinburgh Castle. Rising above the city on Castle rock, you can reach the castle by walking up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano with an elevation of 250m. From here, you’ll be able to gaze down over the city’s Medieval Old Town as well as the graceful Georgian New Town. Make sure to check out the Scottish crown jewels at the castle before heading back down.
Once you’re back on ground level, spend an afternoon browsing the fascinating Scottish National Gallery or go on a tour of a gin distillery. Sit down for a traditional meal of haggis before you spend the evening sampling some beautifully-aged Scottish whisky.
Make sure you check the events calendar before your trip to Edinburgh, as you might be in for a treat. From the Edinburgh International Festival to the Fringe and Royal Military Tattoo, there are some fabulous celebrations across the city. If you’re going for New Year’s Eve, then Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the best places to party the night away as you sing Auld Lang Syne at the top of your lungs.
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Holidays to Ireland promise beautiful natural scenery, magnificent architecture and buzzing towns. Also known as the Emerald Isle due to its lush green landscapes, Ireland is a real gem of a holiday location.
As a country steeped in myth and legend, Ireland boasts a variety of fascinating places to explore. Take a trip to the Giant’s Causeway and learn about Finn McCool, an important figure in Irish mythology. Game of Thrones fans can also visit the locations where much of the series was filmed, such as the Cushendun Caves and Ballycastle.
Or explore some of Ireland’s vibrant cities where you can relax with a pint of Guinness and witness some incredible historic monuments. Whether you’re visiting as a couple or a group of friends, Ireland holidays promise something for everyone.
Irish Cities and Towns
Ireland is home to many charming, charismatic cities and towns. From Dublin’s vibrant atmosphere to Cork’s unrivalled natural landscapes, each city offers something unique to enhance your holiday experience.
Dublin is located in the eastern-central part of Ireland. This iconic hotspot is defined by idyllic cobblestone streets, interesting museums and a buzzing music scene. Home to the famous Temple Bar and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church, it boasts great culture and history.
'Shopping fans can enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Brown Thomas and George's Street Arcade. A tour around the Guinness Storehouse is also a must. Discover more about the history of the famed Irish ‘Black Stuff’ and learn how to pour your own pint.
Situated in the southwest of Ireland, Cork is one of the best places to enjoy Ireland’s beautiful natural scenery. Enjoy a picnic in Fitzgerald Park, perfect for a chilled-out afternoon in the sun. Or take a trip to Spike Island, a place with a fascinating and diverse history.
Landscape and Nature
Ireland is a total haven for nature lovers. This picturesque country offers endless photo opportunities, from its rolling hills to its staggering cliff walls that rise out of the ocean. Ireland also has some spectacular mountain ranges that will simply take your breath away, such as the MacGillycuddy's Reeks and the Wicklow Mountains.
One of the country’s most photo-worthy spots is the Glendalough Valley, otherwise known as ‘the valley of two lakes’. Located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, it’s home to a fascinating Monastic City and a variety of wildlife, including deer and wild goats.
And of course, holidays in Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast. These are magnificent areas of geological importance and have inspired legends of giants walking over the sea. Marvel at the 40, 000 enormous columns of basalt that form a pavement here – a dramatic sight not to be missed.
Irish Food and Drink
Traditional Irish cuisine is made up of family recipes passed down through the generations. The food is hearty and delicious, and there are plenty of different dishes to try.
Right at the top of your list should be Irish stew, a warming one-pot concoction of mutton and vegetables (including potatoes, which Ireland is famous for). Colcannon is another popular dish consisting of a mashed combination of potatoes, butter and cabbage. Or sample a delicious Boxty, a popular pancake-like potato creation.
When it comes to drinks, Ireland is well-known for its whiskey and beer. You can enjoy a pint of Jameson Irish Whiskey or Smithwick’s Irish Ale in just about any pub. Irish coffee is another popular beverage, made up of Irish whiskey, hot coffee, sugar and whipped cream.