What Are Cookies? Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device. What Are Cookies Used For? Cookies allow a site or services to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests. What Cookies Does This Site Use? We use four types of cookies, which we describe in this section. You can also find a full list of all different first and third-party cookies that we use in the table below.
- Essential cookies. These are cookies that are essential for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to securely submit data on our booking forms or make use of our online booking services.
- Performance cookies. These help us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We also use third-party cookies to help with performance. For example, the Google Analytics cookie gives us information that allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it.
- Functionality cookies (inc. social media). These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used. For example, we use some social sharing plugins, to allow you to share certain pages of our website on social networks.
- Targeting/advertising cookies. These third-party cookies (social media and google analytics) to record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. Our in-house advertising uses this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. Your cookies are anonymised and never sold or shared.