This book explains why Origin of the Species was eight years late and manages the record feat of making a small salt-water mollusc as darkly mysterious as Moriarty.

Ice cream using garden fresh strawberries and lashing of double cream a perfect for al fresco summer dining

Few of the many visitors who enjoy Castle Howard's splendid architecture and collections realise that, following a devastating fire in 1940, the house's future was at stake

Hot, humid and overcrowded in the summer, Venice should ideally be visited during the winter months when the hostile Adriatic winds turn almost all but the very determined visitor away.…

This book takes the reader on a diverse tour of London's green spaces, from stylish garden centres and other 'pleasances' to a myriad of public parks.

Christopher Lloyd's detailed accounts of the ceremonies celebrate the coronation and the changing spirit of the times.

Spain is the destination of choice for British second-home buyers, says Penny Churchill

The largest church in Dublin houses the relics of St.Valentine, often visited in the month of February.

Arabella Youens meets Gustav Temple, who calls for a return to tweed in protest against today's 'indifferent and inelegant' society.

Despite the events of September 11, the Spanish property market is booming and, in particular, recent close scrutiny by German tax authorities has meant that opportunities to buy in Mallorca…

Four girls set out on an epic journey: retracing the ancient Silk Road on camel and horseback, travelling five thousand miles in eight months.

Michael Hall applauds a new collection of tender yet unflinching short stories about childhood, unexpected liaisons, families and loss from Susan Hill, a contributor to Country Life's My Week column.

The Pursuit of Paradise offers a personal account of a life spent thinking about, writing about and - most importantly - going to gardens.