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Last updated: 12:17 BST, 19 August 2019

The ten best places to stay in the Cotswolds

The best hotels, inns and 'pubs with rooms' in the Cotswolds have a glorious sense of old-world charm - and a cutting-edge approach to good food and service. Here are some of our favourites, including Barnsley House (top left), The Tudor Farmhouse (bottom left), Bower House (top right) and Thyme (main and bottom right).

Last-minute holiday deals in the Med and beyond, from Grenada to Montenegro

So is summer over? Weather reports are patchy, that's for sure. The Met Office warns to expect strong winds, showers and 'longer spells of rain' this weekend. The good news is that if you want to guarantee sunshine you can - by booking a last-minute holiday bargain. Here's our pick of some of the sunniest, last-minute offers including Grenada, Greece, Croatia and more...

Forget tourist-swamped Venice in Italy. For a hip, quirky and much more modern vibe amid sandy beaches, chic shopping and cool canals, you need to head to Venice, California.

The Mail on Sunday's Vicki Reeve stayed at the Mullion Cove - a dog-friendly hotel in a 'breathtaking' Cornish clifftop location. It has a new spa and 30 decent-sized rooms and suites.

The best places in the UK to swim outdoors, from Scotland to London

Here are some of the best places in the UK to swim outdoors. The list includes a famous waterfall plunge pool in Yorkshire and a tidal bathing pool in Dorset. The Outdoor Swimming Society says its follower count has climbed to more than 70,000 since its inception in 2006, when it had just a few hundred members. This is no longer a hobby for eccentrics...

The Inspector checked into Bingham Riverhouse in Richmond, which was revamped in January. He was not a fan of the eight-legged intruder in his room - and said the wine was 'outrageously' pricey.

Boris Johnson's dad Stanley swims with whales in Western Australia

Stanley Johnson (left) headed to Ningaloo in Western Australia - slightly later than planned - for a trip of a lifetime. His adventure had to be postponed so he could see his eldest son, Boris, appointed Prime Minister. However, he eventually made it Down Under and saw humpback whales (top right) and went swimming with whale sharks (bottom right) and manta rays.

The Mail on Sunday's Neil Simpson went island-hopping in Croatia. He travelled on a catamaran from Dubrovnik and ended his trip in Split.

A rare strawberry leopard named 'Goldie' (pictured all) was photographed chomping on a dead giraffe in Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve in north-eastern South Africa.

The Holiday Guru provides advice on using bank cards in Cuba and helps a reader with a query about a multiple-entry visa for Vietnam.

Etiquette expert William Hanson checks into the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Past guests include Lloyd George, Sir Winston Churchill and the cast of Bond film Goldeneye (it appears in the background of the movie, Casino Royale too). Now it's William Hanson's turn to try out the legendary Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, which has a three-Michelin-star restaurant and bathrooms (bottom left) that are awash with marble. Find out why he gives the hotel a glowing five-star review.

The Daily Mail's Hugh Gordon spent a late-September week in Umbria. Highlights beyond his hill-top villa included an evening trip to swim in nearby Lake Bolsena.

Valencia, Spain's third largest city, is often overlooked yet there's masses to see and do from magnificent churches to bustling markets - and, yes, lovely, sandy beaches.

The winning entries in the 2019 Bird Photographer of the Year competition judged by Chris

Caron Steele, from Worcestershire, has been named Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 for a jaw-dropping image of a Dalmatian pelican taken on a frozen lake in Greece entitled Dancing on Ice (main). Bird Photographer of the Year Director and Competition Organiser Rob Read said 'it had me leaping from my chair with joy the moment I saw it appear on my computer screen'. Lots of other images impressed the judges too - and the very best of them have been compiled into a book, published by William Collins. TV presenter and lead judge Chris Packham said: 'Winning this competition is getting harder. And that's the way it should be because photography is evolving more rapidly than ever.'

FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo United Airlines jetliners pass each other at Denver International Airport in Denver. United Airlines is setting an earlier cut-off time when pilots must stop drinking alcohol before flights. The airline is telling pilots they must abstain from alcohol for 12 hours before flights, up from a previous ban lasting eight hours.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

'This policy is being changed to help assure pilot compliance with standards established by the United States and individual states where United operates around the world,' United said.

At least 23 people were injured when a Ural Airlines A321 plane taking off from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport hit a flock of birds, causing one engine to catch fire while the other one shut down.

Members of the public are being invited to pick the Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 

Members of the public are being asked to vote for their favourite weather photo of the year - and the competition is jaw-droppingly strong. The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), in association with WeatherPro, has selected 24 finalists for this year's Weather Photographer of the Year competition and is now asking the public to help pick the winner. More than 5,700 photos were submitted in this year's contest, showing weather phenomena from around the world, including clouds, lightning, rain, fog and snow.

J.M.W. Turner first visited Lucerne in 1802 and later it served as the inspiration for several of his paintings. A new exhibition showcases 100 works - but that's not all this beautiful city has to offer.

Quirkiest sights listed in Lonely Planet's top experiences in UK from a Hull toilet to

Lonely Planet's latest book - Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist - ranks the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Here we pinpoint the quirkiest entries in the fascinating tome. They also include a theatre on a wild coastline, the Banksy Trail in Bristol and a very, very old pub.

Chicago-based Boeing said it delivered 19 planes in July, down from 39 in July 2018. It also reported that it received no new orders for the Max in July - the fourth straight month without an order.

Inspectors from the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave Carnival Fantasy just 77 marks out of 100 during a sanitation inspection in July. Ships must score 86 or above to pass.

Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Elizabeth Taylor, William and Kate, Johnny Depp and Ava Gardner have all stayed at Raffles in Singapore. And now, so has the Daily Mail's Mark Porter...

You can always bank on a river cruise. Here Deborah Stone and Nick Dalton, co-authors of the book The World's Great River Journeys, dispense some of their watery know-how.

The Tigris coaster flies at 60mph, 150ft up in the air and is a thrilling new addition to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Kate Johnson had a roaring time on it, but it wasn't her favourite coaster of the 10 on offer.

Luana Torres, 29, has told how she went about pursuing her dream of becoming a helicopter pilot and now flies choppers around some of the world's most breathtaking areas.

Then-and-now pictures show how much Victorian England has changed, from Newcastle to

If you want to see how England's towns and cities have changed since Victorian times, there's no need to invent a time machine and travel back to the 19th century. Simply gaze upon these fascinating composite images. They merge pictures taken across England in the 19th century with present-day images snapped in the same spot. The images focus on places including Bristol, London, Manchester and Newcastle, with many of them showing landmark buildings standing strong in the original locations.

Scientists from Oxford University decided to look into the alleged plight of clown fish after the 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo and reports that people rushed out to buy the species as pets.

The cable car system will transport people over the Amur River between Blagoveschensk in Russia and Heihe in China. Each of the system's four gondolas will have a capacity of 60 passengers.

11 music-themed hotels from Disney's All-Star Music Resort in Florida to London's Hard

These toe-tapping hotels might just strike the right chord with music lovers. MailOnline Travel has scoured the world for the best music-inspired spots in which to rest your head for the night, from a disco-themed room in Germany complete with a spot-lit bed to a swanky suite in Taipei dedicated to the composer Chopin (bottom right). Also pictured: HF Fenix Music hotel in Lisbon (top left), Disney's All-Star Music Resort in Florida (top right) and Pop House in Stockholm (bottom left).

Rainwater collected from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado show many types of plastic particles, including beads and other shards, in another reminder of how easily small particles can spread.

Forest wildlife is vital for maintaining healthy woodlands and jungles which act as a major carbon store and help curb climate change, a report by conservation charity WWF said.

Travel experts flew on a private Hahn Air jet for LESS than the cost of a trip with

Michele Robson and Paul Khosla from flight tips site Turning Left For Less snagged a trip on a private jet from Luxembourg for just £250 each - exclaiming that they 'felt like celebrities'. Paul shored up the validity of the comparison with Ryanair fares on his write-up of the trip by posting a screen-grab of a Ryanair flight from London to Palma on August 22 that costs £269 per person.

Museums and art galleries saw the biggest jump in visitor numbers in 2018, with an increase of six per cent. Tate Modern alone welcomed 5.87million people through its doors.

Lonely Planet's top 500 UK experiences: Edinburgh Fringe takes No1

There are, by all accounts, a dizzying number of things to do in the UK. Which makes Lonely Planet's latest book - Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist - exceptionally useful, because it ranks the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. And the coveted No1 spot goes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's where some of the world's biggest comedy legends cut their teeth and is described by Lonely Planet as being 'the greatest show of arts and culture on Earth'.

Virgin Atlantic posts a cabin walk-through video shot inside its first Airbus A350 that shows off the amazing new 'Loft' social space with sofas in business class

Virgin Atlantic has taken delivery of its first new Airbus A350-1000 - and posted a video walk-through of the swanky cabin, which features brand new business class suites and a 'social space' for those forking out for the most expensive fares called 'The Loft'. The plane - carrying registration G-VLUX - flew from Toulouse Blagnac, near the Airbus factory, to its Gatwick home over the weekend. Virgin posted pictures of it on the tarmac in Toulouse and the video of the cabin to its Instagram stories page.

All attractions where wild animals are central to the attraction have been removed from the British Airways Holidays website. It has now formed a partnership with charity Born Free.

Cheapest and most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK revealed from Leroy to

Researchers analysed and ranked 151 of the UK's Michelin-starred restaurants from the cheapest to the most expensive. The most affordable is Leroy (top left), a wine bar and restaurant in Hackney, London. Other cheap Michelin-starred restaurants include The Ninth (top right), St John (bottom left) and Kitchen W8 (bottom right) - all in London. The most expensive Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK is The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, which is owned by Heston Blumenthal.

Travel experts from The Points Guy UK decided to find out whether Eurostar's 200mph e320 trains are a match for a British Airways jet by pitting one against the other in a race from London to Paris.

London-based tourist James Bingham, 44, spent a week in the war-torn country this spring visiting the cities of Damascus, Homs, Aleppo and the ancient city of Palmyra.

A review of Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa in Wiltshire

Lucknam Park in Wiltshire is, says MailOnline's Ian Walker, a bit like Harry Potter's Room of Requirement. Whatever you want it to be, it is. He marvels at the astounding number of activities on offer, from falconry to duck-herding, and the indulgent luxury one can be immersed in - the superb spa, the Michelin-starred restaurant and the upmarket country house-style accommodation.

Amman is a fascinating jumble of old and new, where souks rub shoulders with shopping malls, traditional coffee shops with takeaways, and Roman ruins with residential developments.

The extraordinary vessel was designed and built in Alblasserdam, the Netherlands, and even has a helipad. It also has the capacity to host laboratories for scientific experiments.

Schlafen im Weinfass, located just outside the village of Sasbachwalden in Germany, has a number of accommodation units fashioned out of giant 8,000-litre wine barrels.

Is it really possible to have an affordable holiday in the 'Las Vegas of the East'? Carol Driver went to Dubai with her husband and toddler to see if they would be able to have a good time on a budget.

The state-of-the-art aircraft made a smooth landing at Heathrow with Captain Mike Blythe, Training Manager for the Airbus A350, and Senior First Officer Ilkka Tahvanainen at the controls.

The items included in Jordan's new underwater military museum were arranged to imitate a battle formation

The kingdom is hoping the 19 decommissioned pieces of military hardware, submerged at depths of up to 28 metres, will attract tourists to the already popular diving resort of Aqaba.

It nestles in a small forest near the Mariager Fjord in Denmark. Stays in the contemporary lodge start from 2,750 Danish Krone (£335/$410) for two people.

The list has been revealed in a book by Rough Guides called The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth. It features places that are 'unmissable, underrated or up-and-coming'.

From Disneyland to Universal Studios, Los Angeles is the best playground for all ages...  

Three generational family holidays have become a regular thing for the Daily Mail's Sue Ryan. On a visit to Los Angeles, she was determined to build memories with her three grandchildren. While there, they visited the likes of Huntington Beach and Disneyland before heading south along the Pacific Coast Highway. Other multi-generational spots in LA include Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park and Universal Studios.

In addition to a fascinating history, Alabama has vibrant cities, world-class museums, a thriving music scene and 60 miles of white-sand beaches. Here are ten reasons why you should go...

Film sets are the perfect place to sprinkle some stardust over your holiday photos. If you are heading to Hollywood, take a tour of Warner Brothers - and in Rome don't miss Cinecitta Studios.

A review of Belfast's Grand Central Hotel, where the warm welcome starts with

The Grand Central Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast and is an ideal spot for a city break. The hotel, which opened in 2018, features Ireland's highest bar (bottom right) - on the 23rd floor of the building. The original Grand Central, which opened in 1893, hosted the launch party for the RMS Titanic - which was built in the nearby Harland and Wolff shipyard.

When shown a picture, just under 50 per cent of 2,000 adults who took part in a poll did not have a clue which castle they were looking at, with one in five confusing it with Dover Castle.

An Interrail pass is a great way to discover Europe's most popular destinations. However, there is so much more on offer as Tom Chesshyre discovered on his unplanned journey from London to Venice.

Luxembourg is a captivating mixture of ancient fortresses, sprawling parks and a near-perfect blend of French and German culinary and cultural influences.

This week at least 70,000 passengers were affected by a British Airways IT failure. So is there any way to reduce your risk of getting caught up in a 'flightmare'? Tom Chesshyre shares his tips.

Hartwell House, just outside Aylesbury, is a Jacobean-cum-Georgian stately home that's now a hotel. Former BBC newsreader Michael Buerk visited by driving there in a Jaguar XK150.

Le Touquet in northern France is easy to get to - just an hour on the Eurostar to Calais and a 45-minute drive to town. Kate Johnson visited and says it's the perfect place for a long weekend.

Ferraris and fabulous food in Emilia Romagna and touring Rome in a 'baby mouse'

Sebastian O'Kelly visits the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy and develops a taste for Lambrusco. He also thoroughly enjoys a trip to The Modena Enzo Ferrari Musuem (top right). While Simon Heptinstall picks his favourite driving experiences in Italy, including the famous Amalfi Coast (main) and negotiating Rome in an original Fiat 500 from the 1960s (inset left).

Lainston House in Sparsholt, Winchester, has bed and breakfast rooms starting at £144. The Inspector checked in and found it is a 'splendid setting' with 'fabulous garden views'.

Limassol, on the south coast of Cyprus, is a far cry from the mass-market, sunbeds-lined-up-nose-to-tail resorts found on the east coast. It has recently attracted the likes of Elton John and Rod Stewart.

Oddfellows in Chester is a 'Georgian-inspired den of wraparound fun' writes Sarah Turner. One of the salons has chairs and tables stuck on the ceiling, while another has two giant boxing hares.

The playful dolphin was spotted excitedly throwing around a jellyfish in Sønderborg harbour, Denmark, by two awe-struck friends who had been out sailing.

Safari-mad couple Natalie and Will Burrard-Lucas took daughter on first safari when she

Natalie and Will Burrard-Lucas met in 2002 while both were studying in London and bonded over their love for travel. They want their children to feel the same way they do about conservation and the caring and more simple way of life in African countries like Kenya and Zambia.

Here Bettany Hughes reveals the most memorable place she has visited and her idea of holiday hell. The TV historian also divulges what she never travels without.

A study ranks 50 of the busiest hubs in America, taking into account the following factors - airport amenities, how quickly the airport can be reached and the punctuality of departures and arrivals.

They have been blamed for damaging its delicate foundations and blighting its famous skyline. Now residents in Venice have succeeded in getting cruise ships banned from docking there.

Climbing Kilimanjaro, rafting the Grand Canyon and hiking Ben Nevis ranked as greatest

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail and rafting the Grand Canyon are the greatest adventures in the world. That's according to a new study that also uncovers the 'explorer gene', which suggests some of us are predetermined to be more adventurous than others. Descending into the depths of Iceland's Thrihnukagigur volcano, potholing in Vietnam's Son Doong caves and reaching Everest Base Camp in Nepal also feature highly on the world's greatest death-defying adventure list. Climbing Ben Nevis is top of the UK adventure ranking.

Brigitte Gijsman was visiting Volunteer Point in the Falklands when she took the footage and said she was surprised by the apparent 'human' behaviour that the penguin showed.

Rainwater at the Cape Tribulation home in Queensland is collected in the roof, while the property relies completely on solar power for energy and its raised wings to reduce the impact of high water levels.

The bed is located in the Georgian wing of the historic Old Vicarage property in the town of Eye in Suffolk. It is available to rent for £75 per night.

Sophie Caulcutt, the co-founder of Voyager Club, is a professional holiday wardrobe sorter-outer. Here she helps the Daily Mail's Jane Fryer pick three outfits for a swanky trip to Sardinia.

The best-designed hotels according to Dezeen: From a Norwegian retreat to a resort in the

As far as design eye candy goes, it doesn't get much better than this. These hotels have all been longlisted in the hospitality architecture category at the prestigious Dezeen Awards 2019 - and they are all stunning. Among those making the list are Kudadoo Maldives Private Island (top left), Kondan The Retreat in India (top and bottom right), Bunjob House in Thailand (bottom left) and PAN Cabins in Norway (inset).

Are you looking for an active family holiday or a romantic break? Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of a town or a secluded cove? Here we select the best Greek island to suit you.

Book 150 Restaurants You Need To Visit Before You Die is a 'visual bucket list of memorable worldwide experiences'. Here we offer a sneak peek of some of the restaurants that made the cut...

The 50 best beaches in the world for 2019 are revealed, from Croatia to Australia via

Sandy spots from around the world have been ranked after a poll of more than 6,000 people. Coming out on top is Zlatni Rat, also known as Golden Horn Beach, in Brac, Croatia. Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island in Australia comes in second place, while Fig Tree Bay in Cyprus is third, Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is fourth and the Secret Lagoon in El Nido in the Philippines is fifth.

The strike, which will begin on August 22, was agreed at a vote during a workers' assembly in the Majorcan capital, Palma. Tourists have been warned to expect rubbish outside hotels if it goes ahead.

Eurostar is launching a `press for champagne´ button to mark 100 days until its 25th anniversary (Eurostar/PA)

A free glass of fizz will be served to the first 25 passengers on selected trains who activate the feature.

Meet Lexis Noelle who ditched going to university for a life on the road in a converted

The travel bug first began to bite for New York-born Etsy online store owner Lexis Noelle, 21, when she travelled the USA and the Caribbean with her mum when she was in high school, visiting areas of outstanding natural beauty. Then she became consumed by wanderlust when she began following people who documented their globe-trotting in busses and vans on Instagram. Working hard at the time as a waitress she saved every penny and then on February 6, 2017, when she was 18, she found the bus of her dreams on the internet, bought it, and named it Lola.

Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva, is a spectacular Swiss town. But not many know that its ancient vineyards are a Unesco world heritage site and home to some excellent wines.

Researchers, who targeted 74 birds in various Cornish coastal towns, found that almost a third of gulls did not dare approach a bag of chips when a person was making eye contact.

Privacy doors, all-aisle access and a VERY swish entertainment screen: MailOnline puts British Airways' brand new business class Club Suite to the test on its inaugural Airbus A350 flight 

MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill flew to Madrid from London Heathrow on BA's inaugural Airbus A350 flight and put the carrier's brand new business class cabin to the test, after the CEO, Alex Cruz, waved him off. BA is running the plane on this route, two return flights a day, while the crews familiarise themselves with the aircraft before it begins long-haul duties. The first most obvious improvement is the configuration - now a 1-2-1 all-aisle-access layout. The second is the addition of privacy doors. Read on for the full verdict.

The new policy was introduced by the Hong Kong-based airline recently for 'security purposes' and it says it stores all the information and images it gathers for 'as long as necessary'.

The Unite union said last night it had suspended a walkout at Britain's busiest airport (pictured last night) that had been planned for today after receiving a better pay deal for workers.

The top 50 entries to the Agora Images photo contest, which show Mother Nature in all her

It's hard to deny the beauty of Mother Nature. And even harder when you look at these incredible entries to an international photography competition that shows some of her best work. The stunning pictures all made the top 50 in Agora Images' #Nature2019 photo contest. They have been selected from more than 13,500 submissions to the photography app's competition. Pictured is a rare double rainbow in Norway (top), a diver underwater off the coast of Menorca (bottom left), the Moselle Bend in Bremm, Germany (bottom centre), and the sun rising over Mount Bromo in Indonesia (bottom right).

The trend for organised active family holidays shows no sign of slowing. So if you prefer to find something more challenging than flopping on a beach, here are eight of the best.

Airports in August are not for the faint-hearted with high air fares, huge crowds and the risk of air traffic control strikes. Here Neil Simpson explains how you can avoid this - by travelling by ferry.

Abandoned Palaces by Michael Kerrigan shows grand palaces and mansions that have fallen

Built to last, built to impress, built with style and grandeur - and now besieged by nature and suspended in time. From imperial residences and aristocratic estates to hotels and urban mansions, new book Abandoned Palaces by Michael Kerrigan contains remarkable pictures of ostentatious buildings that have fallen into ruin. The tome also explains the fascinating reasons for their demise, which include politics, bankruptcy, personal tragedies, natural and manmade disasters, as well as changing tastes and fashions. The buildings include New York 'haunted' mansions, presidential palaces, Irish castles and a bizarre igloo hotel in Alaska (inset). Also pictured: Ruzhany Palace, Belarus (top left); Gordejuela Water Elevator, Tenerife (top right); Presidential Palace, Port au Prince, Haiti (bottom right), and a derelict hotel in Hachijojima, Japan (bottom left).

The Greyhound Inn is in the heart of Letcombe Regis. It has eight stylish new rooms and a renovated bar/restaurant with a wood-burning fire and rugs scattered on a plain wooden floor.

A review of Marriott's New York hotel the Moxy Chelsea

James Murphy checks into the Moxy Chelsea on West 28th Street in New York. He says typically for Manhattan, 'the bedrooms are fairly compact, but then you're not here to sleep'. Indeed, the hotel is home to one of the city's most chic new clubs, the Fleur Room, which is located on the 35th floor. Before 9pm, hotel residents get priority access to the party spot. Read on to see how it earns four out of five stars...

Lucy stays in one of Queen Victoria's favourite hideaways, a farmer's house called Allt-na-guibhsaich that is now a self-catering holiday home overlooking the still black waters of Loch Muick.

The Holiday Guru is always on call to answer your questions. This week's tourism topics are hotels in Italy, trains in India and solo package holidays to Spain.

They're the palaces transformed into stunning Spanish hotels. Here's our guide to parador

A trip to Spain doesn't have to mean staying in a high-rise hotel on the Costas. A string of former royal palaces, castles, manor houses, monasteries and convents have been turned into government-owned paradors and they are the perfect places to experience authentic Spanish culture. Here are ten of the best to suit every budget. They include the Parador de Sigüenza close to Madrid (top left), Parador de Carmona near Seville (top right), the Parador de Granada inside the walls of the Alhambra (bottom left) and Parador de Ronda, 75 miles from Malaga (bottom right).

These are the winning and runners-up entries to the 2019 iPhone Photography Awards taken by photographers from around the world. As with previous years, the standards are sky high.

Clever hand luggage ideas, from Meghan Markle's chic leather case to the PERFECT travel

Want a less stressful holiday? Then let the latest technology help you out. Here we reveal the kit that will make travelling a cinch, from the Duchess of Sussex's chic leather case to clever 'packing cubes' and from a GPS-equipped 4G 'hotspot' to a case that will keep your shirts crease-free.


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