Five of the best hostels in Florence

Florence, with its fine art, food and fortified palaces, may not immediately spring to mind as a budget-friendly break, but it has plenty to offer backpackers on a shoestring budget. The entire city is an open-air museum, with spectacular architecture, historic palazzi and renaissance sculptures to be explored even before you set foot inside a […]

3 Affordable Paris Dinner Cruises

The proud capital of the most-visited country in the world, Paris is renowned as the city of light and love. It is home to some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world – the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triumph, The Louvre – and packs a powerful punch, no matter how many times you READ MORE

10 Free and Affordable Things to Do in Brighton

Mixing rakish seaside charm with elegant Georgian architecture, Brighton is one of the stars of England’s south coast. Big-ticket attractions like the extravagant Royal Pavilion and towering i360 Tower are part of the appeal, while the city’s nightlife bustles with energy, and its festivals are among Britain’s best. The pavilion and i360, as well as READ MORE

3 affordable tours from London to Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the world’s most prehistoric monuments and one of the greatest mysteries in English history. Built before the Great Pyramids, the ancient rock formation was constructed from 25-ton sarsen stones sourced more than twenty miles away and bluestone sourced all the way from Wales. How the stones got there, before the invention READ MORE

10 of the best boutiques in Birmingham

Birmingham has reinvented itself as a worthy weekend destination. The 19th Century industrial powerhouse has transformed into a dynamic hive of creativity, with independent galleries, street food festivals, live music and more Michelin stars than anywhere outside of London. And, with a £700million regeneration scheme in the works, Britain’s second city will only become more READ MORE

3 Affordable Milan Food and Wine Tours

Big, brash and industrious, Milan is nevertheless a city full of flair, with a well-earned reputation for creativity. It may not have Rome’s three thousand-year history or Venice’s picture-perfect gondolas, but it can comfortably claim the title of Italy’s most stylish city. The leader of Italy’s fashion and design industry, Milan oozes style, from its gothic READ MORE

10 affordable things to do in Dublin this winter

Ireland’s historic and infectiously upbeat capital city is good craic all year round, but it really sparkles in winter. Spend the shorter, chillier days exploring Dublin’s rich literary legacy in hidden bookshops and historic galleries, or blowing away the cobwebs on a bracing walk in its surrounding countryside. Throw in a handful of artisan whiskey READ MORE

7 great pubs in Cork

Ireland’s second city is full of history and packed with pubs – and you can often explore both at once. Once known for shipbuilding, dairy and the wool trade, today Cork mixes past and present in fine style, with hip coffee bars and top art galleries standing alongside narrow alleys and ancient waterways. Pubs have READ MORE

Eight of the best pub lunches in Liverpool

Liverpool is a big city with a big reputation. Famed for The Beatles and football, it is home to more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of London, the second-largest theatre in the country and more than 2400 listed buildings. It isn’t difficult to find a decent pint in the city either. READ MORE

5 of the best hostels in Seville

Lovely, lively Seville is Andalucia’s capital, and southern Spain’s biggest city. Here you can visit the home of flamenco, eat some of the country’s best tapas, tour the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world and marvel at Moorish architecture. Throw in a bar and club scene that reaches past dawn and some of Spain’s wildest READ MORE