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GREAT BRITAIN TRAVEL GUIDE


Great Britain Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

Great Britain, the island that comprises England, Wales and Scotland, is part of the larger United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This, the largest of the British Isles, also includes the Isle of Wight, the Hebrides and the Orkney and Shetland island groups. Each of its countries offers visitors something unique and different from its neighbors. England gives you London, with its royal accoutrements and sources of fascination that include Stonehenge and that dry British wit. The Welsh will happily build your vocabulary from their tongue-tying language as you take in the greenery and the lovely simplicity of your surroundings. And Scotland claims castles, cashmere and golf courses galore!

ENGLAND

A guest room at the Draycott Hotel in London
TRADITIONAL BRITISH LUXURY
Draycott Hotel
Occupying a restored, red brick Edwardian building in London, the elegant Draycott Hotel is situated just around the corner from Chelsea's Sloane Square. In this intimate boutique lodging from the Mantis Collection, traditional British style meets modern amenities and personal service.

TOP 10 MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS
Stonehenge

Theories about this nearly 5,000-year-old circular stone structure vary. Some believe it was a place of healing, others that it was a burial ground and used for ancestor worship. Whether you're a travel enthusiast or history buff, this is one site you should add to your bucket list.
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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, one of GAYOT's top restaurants in the U.K.
LONDON AND BEYOND
Top Restaurants: United Kingdom

From posh eateries in London like Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester to more traditional fare in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, the United Kingdom is home to many culinary choices. View our picks for the top restaurants in the U.K.
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England's North Country

From iconic cathedrals and age-old castles to rambling parklands that reveal Manchester's hipster-populated streets, there's a great deal to do in North Country. Explore the countryside, where ancient history, spa-centric small towns and quaint, sheep-dotted vales commingle in breathtaking ways.
Durham Castle in England's North Country

Dovecote in England
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Dovecote
Rescued and lovingly treated to a five-year restoration, the Dovecote is a truly unique lodging. Along with a lounge area, sauna and bathroom facilities, this romantic retreat features a glass-front balcony bedroom showcasing original details such as 1,000 brick nesting boxes.

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Amberley Castle
Make your way to West Sussex for an idyllic getaway in the picturesque village of Amberley, and its major draw, Amberley Castle. Climb the rope bridge to the thatched-roof tree house, enjoy a round of golf or simply relax on your four-poster bed before taking a soak in your personal Jacuzzi.

Amberley Castle

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Langham Hotel
If you have a penchant for four-poster beds, deep bathtubs and luxurious furnishings, then the Langham is the place to stay in the heart of London's West End. Debuting back in 1865, it's still as sought after as it was over 140 years ago.

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The Cotswolds
Although visitors will find rolling green hills, villages of limestone cottages, gently flowing streams and some of the most beautiful gardens and houses in the country, this region is more than just a picture-perfect landscape; the area has become increasingly fashionable and sophisticated as well.

Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, known as the gateway to the Cotswolds


Wedgwood Pot

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The Wedgwood Visitor Centre
Do something quintessentially British and visit the Wedgwood Visitor Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, where you can throw your own pots in the Wedgwood factory and drink tea out of Great Britain’s best known china.

SPAS
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Agua Spa at the Sanderson Hotel
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Spa at Fifty-One, 51 Buckingham Gate in London


The Billesley Manor in Stratford

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The Billesley Manor in Stratford

A relic of the Old World just outside Shakespeare’s hometown, this classic Elizabethan mansion is a perfect base from which to explore the area of Stratford-upon-Avon. Most rooms have lavish, modern amenities, but the hotel also maintains three suites that stay true to the manor’s tradition.

SCOTLAND

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Glasgow
As Scotland's style capital, the world-class city of Glasgow was once primarily known as one of the world's great shipbuilding centers but has since transformed itself into a vibrant mix of historic buildings, exciting contemporary architecture and cutting-edge chic.
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Glenapp Castle
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Glenapp Castle
Live out your ultimate fairytale fantasy in this Scottish castle on the Ayrshire coast. This Victorian mansion, built in 1870 and restored in 1994, is situated amidst 36 acres of gardens and woodland with spectacular views over the Irish Sea to the Island of Arran and its signature granite rock of Ailsa Craig.

DOSE OF EUROPEAN CULTURE
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
This alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival covers all its bases by showcasing a wide variety of entertainment, from hilarious comedy to a moving baroque symphony.
Synphonia meet Dog In The Sink performance

Aqueous Spa
SCOTTISH RETREATS
Top Spas in Scotland

Relax with the Japanese silk eye zone therapy at Aqueous, Scotland’s first hydro spa, or unwind with a Sadashi facial and marine body wrap at the Skibo Castle spa, located in the picturesque Highlands.

TOP 10 VALUE HOTELS WORLDWIDE
Inverlochy Castle
Amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands sits this elegant and ornate seventeen-room hotel. Here, you can engage in a game of tennis and fishing on the loch, or try your hand at clay pigeon shooting. The hotel also offers a walled garden, a Falconry display and a snooker table.
Inverlochy Castle in Scotland, one of our Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide

WALES

A cathedral in Wales
DISCOVER THE CELTIC COAST
Visiting Wales?

The Welsh culture is born again, and there's an almost tangible buzz in the air. The Welsh of Celtic origins are probably one of the oldest populations of Europe, related to the Scots, the Irish and the Bretons of France. Over the centuries, they have developed and fiercely preserved their own personality.

NORTHERN IRELAND

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Belfast
Belfast has thrown off its troubled past and emerged as one of Northern Ireland's most vibrant cities. Many buildings have been restored to their former glory, and the city's revitalization has produced a string of up-market hotels, restaurants and clubs.

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