Tips for Renting a Car in Ireland

Headed to the Emerald Isle? The best way to explore all that Ireland has to offer is by renting a car and heading out on the roads. Before you book your rental though, following some of these helpful tips.

Renting a Car in IrelandMartin Gommel / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

General Tips

  1. Check the rental company’s policies before you book your reservation, as some companies will not rent to anyone under 25. Also, confirm whether you need an International Driving Permit –if your driver’s license is written in English, you don’t need one,
  2. Reserve your car before leaving home–you don’t want to arrive in Ireland to find that the only cars available can barely accommodate you and your luggage.
  3. Pick the car up at the airport, particularly if you’re arriving in Dublin. Some rental car agencies have locations outside of the airport, but getting there takes time and it can be tricky to navigate around the city if you’re unfamiliar with the area. There’s usually an extra fee for airport pickups, but the reduced hassle is worth it.
  4. Read the agency fuel – known as petrol in Ireland –policy before driving off. In most cases, the gas tank will be full when you pick up the car, and you pay for it up front. When you return the car, you generally have the option of re-filling the tank and getting that money back, or just leaving it empty. Double-check before you return the car though, to avoid an unpleasant surprise or extra charge.
  5. Ask about paying the M50 toll before you head out. The M50 is a section of highway near Dublin – and chances are you’ll travel on the toll portion at some point if you fly in or out of Dublin. There is no toll gate, so you might not even know you are on a toll road! Some agencies will cover the charge for you, but you might have to pay it yourself – if you don’t, you’ll get hit with a fine when you return the car. Stop at a shop that displays a “PayZone” logo to pay the charge.
  6. Driving in Ireland is not like driving in the U.S. or in major cities around the world. First, you have to drive on the left—pay extra for an automatic transmission vehicle if you’re not comfortable shifting with your left hand. Many of the side and back roads are narrow, twisty, unpaved, and your chances of running into a flock of sheep are pretty good. Pay attention to the conditions, take your time, and let the sheep have the right of way. Invest in a road map book of Ireland – the Ordnance Survey Ireland is a good choice—since many places are not listed on GPS, and it’s easy to get turned around.

Booking Your Car

Most of the familiar car rental agencies operate within Ireland, including Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, and Enterprise. The best rates can usually be found online—shop around and compare all before booking your car. Read the fine print, and get the car you want!

Be prepared to pay taxes and fees in addition to daily rates. Ireland charges a fee for an extra driver, road and VAT taxes (some companies include the VAT in the daily rate) and in some cases, a fee if you plan to travel into Northern Ireland. If you are under 25, and the agency will rent to you, expect to pay an extra fee and higher insurance rates.


When you rent a car in Ireland, get the extra car insurance. Driving along twisting rural roads can be hazardous, and an unfortunate encounter with an untrimmed hedge or wayward sheep can cost you a chunk of change.

When you rent your car, you’ll probably be given choice between Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) that pays a deductible of up to 1000 Euros,  and Super (or Super CDW). With the Super CDW coverage, which usually runs between $10-14 U.S. per day, you’re fully covered with no deductible.  Keep in mind again, with the rural nature of Ireland’s roads, it’s easy to get a dent, scrape or ding on the rental car – and you will have to pay for it.

All rental car agencies will charge you for third-party liability coverage, meaning that you’re covered for damage to property or injuries to people outside the car. It’s mandatory coverage.

If you’re thinking that your credit card will cover you in the event something happens to the rental car, read the terms of your credit card coverage carefully – some plans specifically exclude car rentals in Ireland, among other countries.

Once you arrive in Ireland, the process of renting a car is the same as anywhere else. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore!

The Golden Age of Air Travel Returns!

With competition now in full gear amongst the world’s top airlines, eager to capture the hearts of the rich and famous, the golden age of air travel has returned – if only for a select few.Singapore Airline First Class

Of all the airlines in this very first class battle, Singapore Airlines reigns supreme with the all new, double-decker Airbus A380 featuring a double bed that sleeps you and a companion in your own private suite. The 12 suites, created by yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste, include fully closable doors for your absolute privacy, though no “mile-high” activities are theoretically permitted. How they will deal with any uncontrollable human passions in this flying Shangri-la is anybody’s guess. Continue reading The Golden Age of Air Travel Returns!

The Constant Traveling Businessman’s List of What to Pack

Traveling for work can cause a variety of headaches and remembering what to pack is one of them. Because many men travel long distances for work on a daily basis, keeping a list of necessary things to pack is a must. The following list of must-pack items are essential for every business trip.

Facial Soap

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Traveling businessman

If you don’t think your skin is as sensitive as a woman’s, you’re wrong. As a man, you must ensure that your face is clean and clear at all times, especially when conducting business.

Forgetting your facial soap can be a huge problem if you utilize a special type. Not every man can grab the free stuff from the hotel room and slather their face with it. Remembering soap is important, so add it to your list.

Shaving Cream

Similar to facial soap, the type of shaving cream you use greatly impacts the look of your skin. Some men may prefer cream that moisturizes while others may just use a standard brand that smells nice.

Most of the time, hotels and airlines will not provide a free can of shaving cream, but if they do, the cream won’t feel good to the touch. If you don’t want to experience unnecessary rashes, add shaving cream to your must-pack list.

Cell Phone Charger

Yes, cell phone chargers are one of the most important items that must be brought along on every business trip.

As a businessman, you are always on-the-go with likely little time to stop and whip out your laptop, so all businessmen carry a smartphone for just this reason. Don’t get stuck on a business trip with a dead smartphone and no way to charge it; you might miss that all important email or phone call.

Important Documents

Documents such as hotel reservations, car rental paperwork, airline itineraries and passports are all important to have, especially if you plan to travel overseas for business.

If possible, make backup copies of all documents, even your passport. Keep everything in a place that’s well-hidden yet easily accessible, because losing these items will cost you a lot of time and money.


Having enough medication when on a business trip is very important. If you are traveling to a location where you think that your pills may not be readily available to purchase, then take more than enough to last throughout your business trip.

Because pills are vital to your health and may be beneficial in emergency situations, they should be at the top of your must-pack list.

The Best Places around the World for Marathon Runners

There is no better way to test your fitness and mental strength than by entering a marathon, triathlon or similar event, and these are hugely popular all around the world. This means that there are some terrific ones to participate in which will no doubt be a brilliant experience, and you will even get to take in some of the beautiful surroundings whilst you are visiting too, making it a great travel experience. So, what are the best marathons to run in the world?

London Marathon

This event runs in April each year and is no doubt one of the best in the world, with a huge following and a party atmosphere, it makes it ideal for total beginners or seasoned pros. As you complete the course you will also get a great glimpse of some of the best sites in the capital.

London Marathon
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New York City Marathon

Here you will find runners from all around the world, and this is because of the appeal that this marathon has. The course goes through 5 boroughs of New York and finishes in the legendary Central Park, making for some fantastic views en route. This is a must do for any runner and will be an incredible experience for you.

New York City Marathon
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Paris Marathon

If you want a way to see all of Paris’ beautiful sites in a short period of time then this is the way to do it, as the course just about manages to fit everything in around the city. During Spring as well, it makes for a picturesque setting and another great marathon to participate in.

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Berlin Marathon

Another beautiful city marathon which will show you everything that Berlin has to offer, with a brilliant atmosphere and an enthusiastic crowd to cheer you on. This is also a rare course in that it is almost entirely flat the entire way round, making it a real runner’s race.

Berlin Marathon
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These are just four of the best marathons to participate in around the world, but there are plenty more for those who want to test their fitness and participate in what is always a great event. With any marathon you will need the right clothing though, which is why you will need to visit a specialist store, like High Octane Sports, as places like this supply you with everything you need for a successful marathon, triathlon, bike ride or similar event.

Road Trip with The Kids – The Survival Guide

We all know the long drive in the car can be hell on earth when you have lively kids strapped in the back of the car but there are many ways that can help reduce the stress of your trip.  The constant barrage of “How much longer Daddy?”, “I’m bored” and “Are we there yet?” ringing in your ear for the next 200 miles is enough to send you round the twist.  Having done some pretty big road trips I hope I can share some ideas that I use and also some that have not worked for me but have worked for my friends.

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  1. During the hot summer months it’s vital that your vehicle has air con as I find that the kids get much more restless.  Make sure you check that your air con is still working due to the fact in can leak gas during the winter and then let you down when you really need it.
  2. If your children are old enough I do a quiz for my kids to look out for certain things on the journey and then reward them with a prize halfway through the trip.
  3. Split the journey by stopping somewhere on route for lunch allowing the kids to have good run round tiring them out before the next leg of the trip.
  4. Try starting your trip at a time when the kids usually have a nap because putting them in the car them moment they wake in the morning will mean entertaining them for much longer.
  5. You can buy covers to protect your seats from all those horrible dirty footprints left by the kids on the back of your new leather seats.  Most of these contain pockets for filling with colouring materials, paper and anything else you think will keep them amused.
  6. Not for everyone but a DVD player strapped to the back of the front seats work well for an hour or so but they soon get bored with this tactic.
  7. Keep talking to the kids explaining where you are and what can be seen out of the window as they are more interested than you may think.
  8. Prepare lots of healthy snacks such as fruit as they will enjoy snacking whilst cruising along.
  9. If they like music burn a CD of some of their favourite tunes and theme songs so you can all sing along.  At 32 I still love some good old songs such as Dr. Hook
  10. Put a smaller version of their toy box at their feet so that they can get things out whilst you’re on the move.
  11. Make sure you have sun blinds or tinted windows for the kids as there is nothing worse than driving for miles with the sun shining full in your face.
  12. Whenever you do stop encourage the kids to try for the toilet as there is nothing worse than getting back in the car after lunch and then hearing ‘Mummy, I need a wee wee!”.

Jamie Anderson is a proud parent of 2, gadget freak, photographer and daddy blogger. Jamie has been managing his own blog for a few years now. James enjoys writing articles for mums to be and parents of young children and currently writes for Baby Planet who are a leading UK retailer of baby equipment including pushchairs, booster seats and nursery furniture

6 hidden locations to visit in the U.S.A

When it comes to choosing a vacation spot, it is sometimes necessary to shun the obvious urban cities and resorts. Searching for hidden holiday gems amongst the mountains, hills, bayous, bays and islands can yield delightful results.

Waipio, Hawaii
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Here’s our list of hidden locations in the USA that provide a perfect escape. Remember that if you are travelling to the USA from certain countries, including the UK, you may need to apply for an Esta Visa Waiver. You can find out more about Esta Visas at

  1. Waipio, Hawaii.

Hidden away near the northern tip of Big Island, this forgotten paradise was once home to Hawaiian royalty. Waipio Valley, also known as the Valley of Kings, is surrounded by soaring cliffs on all sides. Once an important centre for religious and political life on the Island, it is now home to less than 100 residents.

You can get a view of the valley from the Waipio Valley Outlook or you can make your way to the valley floor to enjoy the black sandy beach and the Hi’ilawe Falls. This little corner of Hawaii is a perfect place for a quiet visit.

  1. Bath, North Carolina.

Steeped in rich history, this sleepy village has remained largely unchanged since its colonial origins. Dating back to 1706, Bath is North Carolina’s oldest town. You will enjoy the peaceful air, colonial architecture and historic feel of this town. Grab a bite to eat on one of the restaurants and listen to fascinating tales of pirates who roamed this land or simply sit back and watch sailboats bobbing silently on the creek.

Attractions in this small town include boating, fishing, the historic Palmer-Marsh House and the Banner House.

  1. Mackinac Island, Michigan.

This diminutive Island, edged by Lakes Michigan and Huron, offers a wonderful getaway location where you can relieve the simple pleasures of life. The Island has a no-car policy so you can only get around on foot or horseback, on a bike or by means of a horse-drawn carriage.

Here you can hike through wooded trails, enjoy breathtaking coastal views or go on a carriage tour of the town. This small Island is sure to charm you into making a repeat visit.

  1. Morgan City, Louisiana.

Spend your vacation in this corner of Cajun Country famed for the Mardi Gras Festival, gumbo, jazz and rumours of voodoo. Morgan City is located in the middle of the Atchafalaya River delta and plays host to the annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival on Labor Day weekend. This leads to three days filled with music and deep fried foods.

Give yourself time to unwind by strolling through the scenic downtown area, enjoy the sunset from the Allen Truss Bridge or just laze around in Lawrence Park and let the southern charm of this town soothe you.

  1. Solomon’s Island, Maryland.

This quiet waterfront fishing village sits at the tip of one of Chesapeake Bay’s peninsulas. Life here flows at a slow and relaxing pace with the locals fishing or sailing all year round. Whether you choose to stroll on the river walk, explore the lighthouse at Calvert Marine Museum or charter a boat for the day, a visit to this small village is bound to leave you refreshed.

  1. Guffey, Colorado.

Situated west of Pike Peak, this small, friendly mountain town is the right location for a lost weekend. Accommodation comes in the form of restored rustic cabins that date back to the 1800s. Alternatively, you can choose to camp out under the stars or make use of the available RV parking.

Take in the cool Colorado mountain air while strolling round the town. The buildings are a mix of the Wild West era and architecture from the 60’s. Once you have had your fill, you can easily drive to any of Colorado’s numerous attractions.

Destinations that are located away from popular tourist circuits are perfect if you are searching for a quiet spot free of crowds. They are the ideal locations to get some much needed rest and relaxation.

The UK’s North East Jewels

Tucked away in the North-East of England is the region of Northumberland. Taking its name from the Anglo-Saxon name Northumbria, literally mean the kingdom north of the river Humber, this part of the country has grown to become its own micro-nation set away from everything else. Its setting has seen it become a vital shipping hub for the UK as well as a thriving trade centre which led to the growth of the towns to great urban areas. Here is what the jewels of this north-east region have to offer.

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Newcastle upon Tyne

Set on the banks of the River Tyne, the largest city of the north-east area is Newcastle upon Tyne. Popularly known as “the Toon”, it is one of the most exciting cities in the United Kingdom. Rich with history from the Roman era through to the modern shipping and trade industry that it built itself upon, Newcastle is well worth a visit. It also has the second most listed buildings in the UK after Bath with Grey Street which leads down to the stunning Quayside voted one of the best views. Its people, widely known as Geordies, are one of a kind and their attitude to life is to work hard and play hard whilst also having a lot of love for their football team Newcastle United. The Geordie attitude to life adds to what is a widely known nightlife and it is often listed as the best city for nightlife and clubbing in the UK.


With a rich history in the shipping industry, Sunderland has grown nearby to Newcastle on the banks of the River Wear. The city’s rich shipping industry is celebrated with the British Royal Navy’s biggest ship the HMS Ocean being Sunderland’s adopted ship. Like Newcastle, Sunderland also has its own dialect and unique type of person known as Mackems. Given the vicinity of the town cities, Sunderland and Newcastle often have a rivalry in terms of anything which stems back to the English Civil War, but it most widely celebrated when the cities’ two football teams come together. Both top flight teams, the Tyne Wear derby is one of the most heated football rivalries in the country, if not the world.


In nearby County Durham, is the city of Durham which is a glorious cathedral city that is well worth the drive from Northumberland. It is home to one of the United Kingdom’s most fabulous and breath taking views. Set up on a hill, the stunning cathedral and castle lie next door to each other, dominating over the city. But certainly not in a bad way. The cathedral is one of the best in the country and given its setting next the castle, it is well worth a visit.

South Shields

The Northumberland coast is home to some fantastic towns but the one most worth visiting is the town of South Shields. The British seaside town is well celebrated and South Shields acts as one of many near Northumberland. Whilst there is Whitely Bay and Tynemouth, at the mouth of the River Wear, South Shields has everything you would want with seaside attractions and amusements but also a stunning beach. It is also the finish line for the annual Great North Run which is the biggest half-marathon in the world.

If you want to stay nearby to these great Northumberland towns and cities, visit for a wide selection of cottage accommodation.

Markets of Paris

Paris is a beautiful city, visited by millions every year for its famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc D’Triomphe, along with the chic café culture. A popular location for romantic getaways, you can fly to Paris from the UK in around an hour, making it an ideal destination to visit for a weekend especially if you love bargaining with street sellers at markets.

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Every neighbourhood of Paris offers a range of ‘marchés’ (markets) that fill the streets for a varying number of days a week. There is no doubt that you will come across them whilst exploring the city. However, there are several that stand out from the crowd. Keep them in mind as places to visit for a memorable and exciting market experience.

Food is one thing the French are famed for, so it is a given that the city is brimming with food markets. Probably the most famous and biggest of these is the Sunday ‘Marché Bastille’. Lining Richard Lenoir Boulevard in the 11th arrondissement (district), it is filled with hundreds of stalls proffering gourmet produce. Almost anything can be found for a reasonable price, making it popular with locals and tourists alike.

Also located in the Bastille area is Place d’Aligre, open Tuesday to Sunday. Actually two adjacent markets, ‘Marché d’Aligre’ has some of the cheapest food stalls in the city, whilst the covered ‘Marché Beauvau’ sells high quality, yet reasonably priced produce that draws people from all over the city.

Discreet and hidden away in the fashionable Marais area is the ‘Marché les Enfants Rouge’. The oldest covered market in Paris, founded in 1628, it is set apart by its range of ‘eat in’ stalls, offering culinary delights from Asia and Africa in addition to traditional French fare. Open every day except Monday, it is pleasingly affordable.

For a more exotic feel, delve into ‘Marché Dejean’ (18th arrondissement). Open Tuesday to Sunday mornings, the bustling African-influenced bazaar is heaving with exotic foods and spices, African eateries and textile stalls. The nearby ‘Marché Barbes’, open on Wednesday and Saturday, is similarly stocked, whilst ‘Marché Belleville’ (found in the 19th arrondissement on Tuesday and Friday) boasts a more Middle Eastern souk-type atmosphere.

There are many other noted food markets. ‘Saxe-Breteuil’ (7th), close to the Eiffel Tower, sells quality French produce from Thursday to Saturday. The tiny ‘Marché Monge’ (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), in the Latin Quarter, is popular for its quaint atmosphere and beautiful stalls, which offer some of the freshest food in Paris. Also look out for ‘Marché Montorgueil’ in the 1st arrondissement and ‘Marché Buci’, open daily in the 6th.

If you’re looking for a keepsake of Paris beyond the usual tourist trinkets, there are many flea and antique markets to investigate. One of the more renowned, at Porte de Cligancourt, is the ‘Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen’, often referred to as ‘Les Puces’ (“The Fleas”) for short. Covering seven hectares, it is the largest antiques markets in the world, with hundreds of thousands visiting each weekend to explore the organised sprawl of covered and open market space. Open Saturday to Monday until 6pm, items for sale range from cheap bric-a-brac to collectable antiques.

‘Marché de Montreuil’, in the 20th arrondissement, is smaller and less organised than ‘Les Puces’ but great for a bargain. It is off the tourist track and has some real vintage gems to be found if you’re willing to be patient and to haggle for the best price. It is open on weekends and Mondays.

‘Marché aux Puces de Vanves’ (14th arrondissement) is another favourite. Each weekend, between 7am and 1pm, over 350 stalls display their wares. Rather than selling larger items, this market is excellent for vintage clothes and jewellery.

Specialist markets can also be found dotted around the city, catering to a variety of interests.

Paris’ first purely organic market comes in the shape of ‘Marché Biologique Raspail’ in the 6th arrondissement. Open Sunday and Tuesday mornings, it caters to an upmarket, health-conscious clientele and prices reflect this. As well as a shopping experience, it is also a trendy hangout spot!

‘Marché Rond-Point des Champs Elysées’ is a stamp market open on Thursdays, weekends and holidays; serious collectors gather here to buy and trade stamps and postcards. You can also discover the weekend book market (‘Marché aux Livres’) at Parc George Brassens in the 15th arrondissement. It sells old and new books and even first editions and those dating back 200 years! ‘Marché Saint-Pierre’, meanwhile, is the place to go for textiles and fabrics. Open every day but Sunday, it offers a wide variety of fabrics, from tablecloths to rare materials.

The ‘Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux’, located on the Île de la Cité in the Seine, has been dedicated to flowers and birds for more than 200 years. Flowers are sold every day of the week, whilst birds are on display on Sundays.

For original artwork, visit the ‘Marché de la Création de Paris Bastille’. This 11th district venue, occupied every Saturday, is the biggest weekly art market in Paris. Over 200 self-representing artists and designers display their work to visitors. A slightly smaller arts market sets up every Sunday in the 14th arrondissement Montparnasse.

Whatever you’re looking for, Paris will have a market for it, from food to bric-a-brac and collectables. There are so many that you are sure to stumble across at least one by pure chance. There are hundreds of hotels in Paris, so wherever you stay you’ll never be too far away from a bargain or two. Be prepared then to head home with much more than you ever intended to!

Top 3 European Winter Travel Destinations

There used to be a time when taking a holiday abroad in wintertime was something that only the  very rich would do – naturally, to go skiing. Nowadays snow sports are a lot cheaper to practice and there are many more winter holiday hotel options out there to ensure that everyone can travel and enjoy their holidays in the winter. The problem now is deciding where to go. We will not be covering destinations where it’s hot in winter – the so called “winter sun” destinations. Instead, we’re focusing exclusively on cold, snowy winter destinations where you can make the most of the cold season.

1. Sweden

Our first impulse was to talk about the whole of Scandinavia, but Sweden really seems to be head and shoulders above all other Scandinavian countries. It’s not that its resorts are better or that the snow is magically more skiable in Sweden, it’s because of its diversity. Sweden is a large country, which means that its southern end is down south enough to have a somewhat mild temperature – which can get pretty hot in Summer, by the way – and it’s northern regions are so close to the North Pole that you can witness the Aurora Borealis. In contrast, Denmark never gets as cold and Finland cannot offer much in terms of beaches, for example. In fact, Denmark cannot even offer much in the way of mountains, since it’s a very flat country. There’s also the advantage that Sweden is a relatively cheap country to stay in, especially compared to other northern European places, so it seems to be a perfect winter destination.

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2. The Alps

The reason why the Alps made number 2 on the list is that they are becoming a bit too crowded. We complained when they were too exclusive, of course, but now we keep on complaining. And this is mostly because the parts of the Alps belonging to Italy and France are really letting their quality go down in favor of mass tourism, which we’re sure gives them a lot more money, but it makes us less inclined to want to visit since even when it comes to winter sports holidays ,we still like to feel in peace and to be able to relax.

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3. The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees have always been left to play second fiddle to the Alps, but the truth is there is nothing that you can do in the Alps that you can’t do in the Pyrenees. A natural border between France and Spain, it’s a region that seems to unite the two peoples more than it separates them. It’s a matter of pride for locals of both countries to have this range of mountains literally in their backyard and it shows in the way that they keep it. And that means that what was once a great alternative to the Alps now takes precedent to them in the hearts of many people, and not just locals. The close proximity to Portugal and England definitely helps increase the flow of tourists to the area, and that has helped it expand greatly.

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UK Breaks for Artists

Many artists and aspiring artists yearn to go to France or Italy on a painting holiday. There are some great locations for artists there, particularly if you like painting landscapes, but do not neglect the UK. Artists such as Constable and Turner extolled the virtues of UK landscapes and the light in parts of the UK is actually quite unique. So as an artist where can you go? If you don’t want tuition then go anywhere that inspires you. Whether that is a city centre location, full of life, or a cottage in the middle of the Scottish Highlands, it is quite easy to search online to find locations. Try somewhere new for a couple of days and see what you can create. If you want to have tuition during your break then there are many options available. Here are just a few.

Brambles Art Retreat

A beautiful 17th century house in Devon is the location for these courses. Two tutors are resident, and all levels are welcome – even if you’ve never painted before. It is possible to learn even if you think you have no artistic ability! Day courses, weekend or 5 day residential courses are available depending on your requirements. There are three rooms available here, and when they are full extra guests stay at a local B&B just two minutes away. There is a studio on-site and a large garden.

This is a directory listing residential art courses in the UK and Ireland. Covering everything from painting to sculpture, pottery and jewellery it is a great resource if you are looking for an art holiday.

Joe Daisy Painting Courses

Based near Reading in Berkshire, these are designed to encourage you to find and develop your inner artist. A variety of courses are available from beginners to advanced levels. All materials are provided. Accommodation is of a high standard, and many art books are available for guests to borrow. With easy transport links, this may be a good choice for you if you are looking for a short course.

Creative Breaks

Offering a variety of creative breaks around Herefordshire, this not for profit organisation provides links to course providers. Some of the courses include accommodation, but others recommend somewhere to stay. Whichever kind of art, or craft, you are interested in, they are likely to have something to inspire you.

Cornwall Painting Holidays

No list of art holidays would be complete without mentioning Cornwall. The light and scenery in Cornwall has inspired many artists throughout history and continues to do so. These holidays are led by Tim Hall who has exhibited throughout the UK and has received some high profile commissions.

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