My husband and I will be traveling to England for the first time in May. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary and also trying to visit our son who is studying abroad at Lancaster University.
We definitely want to hit the historical highlights, see some of London and spend some time in the country. I also want to be realistic and not move so fast everything is a blur when we get home.
We would like to connect with our son for a few days and perhaps bring him along for a few days. We have considered flying into Edinburgh and making our way down the Lancaster or having him take the train to London to meet us.
I am looking for suggestions on "must see's" and the off the beaten path gems. I personally enjoy churches/cathedrals and my husband is more of a WWII/war history buff.
Suggestions on itinerary and best way to travel (rent a car/train/bus as the various rail options are confusing) would be helpful. We can be flexible with airports as we have not booked yet but hope to this week.
Also we have considered a tour of London and then the countryside on our own. If anyone can suggest a smaller tour company that is reputable and can help with creating a London based tour that would be great.