TripAdvisor crowns Bournemouth the UK’s best beach

The south coast town’s golden sands have been ranked as the best in the country in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice awards – and the fifth-best in Europe

Great family days out in the UK

Caves, waterfalls, cable cars, walks, free country parks, busy, quiet … Britain offers a welter of possibilities for day trips to make the most of the bank holiday and summer’s last knockings.

Day trips and diversions: August bank holiday ideas

Ready for the summer bank holiday? If you’re still looking for ideas, we’ve picked day trips, walks, seaside breaks and attractions that cater for all the family

Museum of the Year 2015: celebrities on their favourite British museums

David Attenborough’s into dodos, Johnny Marr digs an exploding shed and Kate Adie plumps for a country house. The great and the good champion their favourite museums in the running this year

UK – Smiling Scots, worried Welsh and lazy Londoners: survey maps regional personality types

New research by Cambridge scientists analyses the way different personalities cluster across Great Britain

The 10 best ruins in Britain

Britain is rightly known for its great stately houses, castles and churches – and its ruins are also worthy of celebration