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3 nights Bath/Cotswolds

We will be arriving to London LHR at about 10 AM on a Tuesday in late June. We have three nights to prior to heading to Manchester for a work commitment. We have tentative plans to visit Bath and the Cotswolds. We are trying to minimize transfers (but this hard) and at this point we do not plan to hire a car although I keep thinking about it. Tentative itinerary:

Day 1 - arrive at Heathrow at about 10 am at terminal 2. Probably catch the National bus to Bath. We will probably walk around Bath after we arrive. Tentative plans are to stay at Brinkley B and B for two nights in Bath.
Day 2 - tour Bath
Day 3 - arranged a tour of Cotswolds that focuses on history. The guide will pick us up in Bath and drop us off in Stow on the Wold at the end of the day. Stay at Stow Lodge for one night.
Day 4 - walk around Stow and maybe a long walk to a village. Stow lodge will hold our luggage. Need to catch a late train to Manchester.

We also wanted to try and see Oxford but that is probably too much. Best case might be day 2 via train.

How does this itinerary look given our limited time?

To catch a train to Manchester the direct trains are from Cheltenham Spa. So either a taxi or a bus to Cheltenham on the last day. We have luggage so how hard is it to take a Cotswold bus and lug luggage? Taxi cost looks to be about 45 gbp.

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Looks like a really nice few days, if you ask me. I would not try to add Oxford as you're going to be busy just seeing Bath and the one-day Cotswolds tour.

I hope someone else who's done the bus trip to Manchester can advise you about luggage, but I believe most buses have a large luggage stowage compartment accessible from outside. If that's the case, you would not have to wrangle your larger bags onto the passenger stage of the bus.

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Why not walk round Stow have lunch and then try a half-day tour which ends up at Cheltenham Station. Perhaps a tour of the Regency areas of Cheltenham or the Pump Room?