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1. Posted by misshelenb (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Dear Fellow Travellers-

I found this sight by reading the evaluation of someone elses itinary. I hope you all can give me some sage advice on ours as well! My parents and I are planning a trip to England in May, and I'm in charge of the itinary.

May 16th: We arrive in London (LGW) 8 am, we plan to rent a car, and drive directly to a B&B in Bath. I'd like to somehow see stonhenge on the way. I know there are very differing opinions on it's worth as a site, but I'm writing a novel based around it, and it's important to me. Please don't get hung up on whether it's good or not! :)
May17th: Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon in noon, see RSC production that evening.
May 18th: As my mother says, "Bomb up to Scotland." By way of the west coast, lunch in Lancaster, spend the night in St. Andrews.
May 19th: relaxing day exploring St. Andrews.
May 20th: We need a good church to attend in St. Andrews, then we have a drive tour planned, possibly some time on the coast.
May 21st: Drive to Stirling, tour the castle, spend the night in Edinburgh.
May 22nd: tour Edinburgh castle AM, royal mile rest of day.
May 23rd: Drive back down south, hopefully ride horses somewhere, and see Hadrian's wall (to what extent yet I know not). Early dinner in York, see Yorkminster. Sleep in Lincoln.
May 24th: Tour Lincoln castle, cathedral, see the Magna Carta, etc.
May 25th: Drive to Oxford, take a CS Lewis tour, Blenheim palace in afternoon, gardens or museum in Oxford in evening, tour colleges?
May 26th: Drive to London, tour tower of London, ride the London Eye.
May 27th: Need a good church in London for Sunday (We are Reformed Evangelical Christians), then either go to museums, or "Bomb" to Dover and see the Cliffs!!
May 28th: Westminster Abbey AM, suggestions for noon? Then Les Miserables in evening.
May 29th: Depart LGW 10:30AM

Well, what do you think? The more I read about the places I have always wanted to see, the more I find out about that I don't have time to see!

Thank you for your answers!

Miss Helen

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Stonehenge? ;)

Seriously though, if you don't mind a really long driving day (Stratford to St Andrews is going to be pretty tiring) your itinerary is OK. If it were me I'd probably break it up somewhere Lancashire/Cumbria/Yorkshire-wards.

Re Hadrians Wall, might I suggest Housesteads and/or Vindolanda, both of which would be not too far off-route if you are heading from Edinburgh to York (both near Hexham).

I would see a museum or two rather than spending the whole day going to Dover to see the cliffs - particularly the Tate Modern which is unmissable if you're at all interested in modern art.

3. Posted by misshelenb (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

How's this look? Will we have enough time in each place? My Daddy's a confident driver, so I'm not too worried about drive time being slower than predicted!;)

May 16th: We arrive in London (LGW) 8 am, we plan to rent a car, and drive directly to a B&B in Bath. I'd like to somehow see stonhenge on the way. I know there are very differing opinions on it's worth as a site, but I'm writing a novel based around it, and it's important to me. Please don't get hung up on whether it's good or not! :)
May17th: Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon in noon, see RSC production that evening.
May 18th: As my mother says, "Bomb up to Scotland." Spend night in Bardon Mill.
May 19th: See Hadrian's Wall and Housestead's on Saturday, drive Sat noon to St. Andrews.

May 20th: We need a good church to attend in St. Andrews, then we have a drive tour planned, possibly some time on the coast.
May 21st: Drive to Stirling, tour the castle, spend the night in Edinburgh.
May 22nd: tour Edinburgh castle AM, royal mile rest of day.
May 23rd: Drive back down south, ponytrekking on Lindesfarne Wed AM. Early dinner in York, see Yorkminster? Sleep in York. (this all depends on how long our "trekk" takes)
May 24th: See Yorkminster AM?, drive to Lincoln. Tour Lincoln castle, cathedral, see the Magna Carta, etc.

May 25th: Drive to Oxford, take a CS Lewis tour, Blenheim palace in afternoon, gardens or museum in Oxford in evening, tour colleges?
May 26th: Drive to London, tour tower of London, ride the London Eye.
May 27th: Need a good church in London for Sunday (We are Reformed Evangelical Christians), then either go to museums, or "Bomb" to Dover and see the Cliffs!!
May 28th: Westminster Abbey AM, suggestions for noon? Then Les Miserables in evening.
May 29th: Depart LGW 10:30AM

4. Posted by misshelenb (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

PS, is it better to stay in a hotel in London and tour the city from there (meaning we can turn in our rental car when we arrive on Saturday) or stay in a B&B outside the town center somewhere, and drive in each day?

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Miss Helen

A schedule like this is OK, to have as a basic plan. So long as u realise, that stuff happens, and you may not be able to stay rigidly to the plan. Have the schedule, but remain openminded, at the same time.

Mel

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

I think that looks like a nice itinerary. I think Bardon Mill would be a nice place to stay, very near the wall, and also the very nice Allen Banks river walk which would be worth a wander if you got there early enough in the afternoon.

Lindisfarne is also very attractive and interesting, but be careful about timing because it's only accessible via a causeway, only open at low tide. Check out times here.

If you get going early and you fancy a stop between Lindisfarne and York, Durham is about half-way and is worth an hours wander, particularly the cathedral.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Personally I think it would be better to stay in central London 'cause driving into London is a bit of a nightmare, you don't want to do it more than you need to.

8. Posted by misshelenb (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Are those the names of your dogs, Magy and Kal?

Thanks for all the great tips. As for trekking on Holy Island, it's actually an organized ride by this place: www.kimmerston.com, suggested to me on another post. Never fear!

Can you suggest some hotels in London? And what about transportation? walking, bus pass, taxi?

ME

9. Posted by misshelenb (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Ok, after much travail, and the disappointment of not booking a good Shakespeare performance on time, here is the final (Lord-willing) itinary:

May 16th: We arrive in London (LGW) 8 am, we plan to rent a car, and drive directly to a B&B in Bath. Nap and then see the city.
May17th: Bath during day, Stonehenge audio tour and then Private Access tour in the evening.
May 18th: Leave Bath for Lancaster or Manchester or other small (coastal?) town. Suggestions? I was told we must see some villages, "real" GB as she put it. I agree, but the "real" stuff isn't in the guidebooks! Lunch in said place, then drive to Bardon Mills.
May 19th: See Hadrian's Wall and Housestead's on Saturday, drive Sat noon to St. Andrews.
May 20th: We need a good church to attend in St. Andrews, then we have a drive tour planned, possibly some time on the coast.
May 21st: Drive to Stirling, tour the castle, Drive tour around Scottish historical sights.
May 22nd: Drive to Edinburgh, tour castle, and walk the Royal Mile.
May 23rd: Drive back down south, ponytrekking on Lindesfarne Wed AM. Early dinner in York, see Yorkminster? Sleep in Lincoln. (this all depends on how long our "trekk" takes)
May 24th: Tour Lincoln castle, cathedral, see the Magna Carta, etc. Drive to Oxford in eve.
May 25th: Take 10 AM CS Lewis tour, Blenheim palace in afternoon, gardens or museum in Oxford in evening, tour colleges?
May 26th: Drive to London, tour Tower of London, ride the London Eye.
May 27th: Need a good church in London for Sunday (We are Reformed Evangelical Christians), then either go to museums, or "Bomb" to Dover and see the Cliffs!!
May 28th: Westminster Abbey AM, suggestions for noon? Then Les Miserables in evening.
May 29th: Depart LGW 10:30AM

Whew!

10. Posted by misshelenb (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Where's the best place to stay in London? We'd like to stay out of commercially-run hotels/motels/etc. B&B's, Inns, are preferable. Somewhere you can meet real people. Is London so huge that we can't really be centrally located to everything?

Activities we'll be pursuing in London:
Tower of London,
London Eye,
Westminster Abbey,
Les Miserables at Queen's Theatre,
and hopefully Museums (suggestions?)

Help!

Me