Expert guides, hotel reviews & holiday advice

England is home to beautiful seaside towns, vibrant cities, idyllic countryside villages, and plenty of cosy pubs. From staycations, luxury glamping sites and spa weekends to cosmopolitan city breaks and foodie trips, England's well-known – and most secret – hot spots offer an array of getaways to suit any traveller's needs. The Independent’s travel experts have reviewed the best hotels, restaurants and things to do across the country, including in Cornwall, London, Lake District, Manchester and the Cotswolds – to name a few.

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From boutique hotels in Shoreditch to luxury B&Bs in Covent Garden, our experts have reviewed accommodation across London to suit any budget.


The UK’s northern metropolis was recently ranked third in the world by Time Out. Immerse yourself in Manchester's food and culture scene, while staying in the heart of the city.


Sandy beaches, fish and chips, beautiful scenery and freshly baked pasties are just a few reasons why Cornwall is a go-to staycation destination for Brits. Looking to plan a visit? Read our guides to the best seaside hotels and top things to do during your Cornish getaway.


Whether you're keen on a picturesque ramble in the Dales or are looking to enjoy cakes in a cosy tearoom, Yorkshire offers everything you need and more. If you love art, Leeds is galleries galore and you can find colourful street art on every corner of Sheffield.

The Cotswolds

Cobbled lanes, quaint market towns, cosy pubs and stone buildings, there's so much more to explore in the quintessentially British countryside. If you're travelling to the beauty spot, The Independent’s travel experts have reviewed the best hotels, including luxury, dog-friendly, family-friendly, boutique and budget stays.


Britain's traditional seaside town is the perfect place to let your hair down – whether that’s by wandering through The Lanes, partaking in a bar crawl, or enjoying the city’s Pride event. Luckily, our experts have put together handy guides on the best hotels in Brighton, from boutique to budget stays, and their recommended things to do on days out.


The Independent's travel team have explored the city's best hotels, bars, shops and finest hangouts, and of course its excellent gastronomic offerings.


Devon is a British holiday hotspot, with miles of coast and acres of green countryside to explore, including the added bonus of Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks. But if stately architecture and shopping sprees you’re after, then you can head to Exeter, Devon's coastal capital. Our experts have found some of the best places to rest your head in the area, from cosy cottages to woodland spa retreats and budget boutique hotels.

New Forest

Are you a keen hiker, biker or foodie? The New Forest is the ultimate holiday destination for you. With 200 miles of paths to follow, along with rivers and coastal views, there's no better place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet among nature's wildlife.


This buzzy South West city has a wide variety of independent shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and friendly Bristolians to help you on your way. Explore the history at the docks and city views at the top of Cabot Tower. Read more hand tips from our experts on top things to do and best hotels to stay at.

Lake District

It's no surprise the Lake District is one of the most popular destinations for summer staycations – it really has it all. Centred on the main Cumbrian towns of Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, the area is a huge draw for poetry lovers, walkers and relaxed weekenders. Luckily for you, our experts have handpicked their favourite Lake District hotels to make your life easier.


Discover the historical buildings, enjoy bike rides around the city and eat your way through the city’s thriving food scene with the help of our experts. The Independent’s travel team have picked their highlights and selected some of the best hotels for luxury and affordable budgets.


The Independent's travel team have explored the city's best hotels, bars, shops and finest hangouts.

Peak District

The Peak District offers the perfect hub to explore wild moorlands, secluded dales, quaint market towns and limestone villages. From grand spa hotels and elegant country houses to characterful inns and cosy pub B&Bs, our experts have reviewed some of the best hotels to rest your head.

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Best hotels in the Peak District 2023

If you’re headed for an adventure in the UK’s first national park, choose the right place to lay your head at the end of a long day, and try some great food while you’re at it

The most spectacular walks in the Peak District

The yawning valleys of the Peak District are ripe for rambling. Here are the best walks around the UK's first national park

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