I'm beginning to plan a family trip to London for next summer, and could use some itinerary advice. It will be me, my wife, and our two daughters who will 6 and 10. We have one week (7 or 8 nights), and would like to visit Bath and Brighton in addition to London. Would we be able to see the highlights of one or both of these on a day trip from London, or would we be better off staying overnight?
My initial thought was to stay 1 or 2 nights in Bath at the beginning of the trip, but getting there from Heathrow via train after being on a 7-hour overseas flight seems daunting. Or is it easier than it looks on Google Maps? We won't be renting a car so will be relying on trains/buses to get around. Same thing with starting or ending in Brighton, the trip between the airport & there looks long/daunting.
If anyone has suggestions or tips, I'd appreciate it. For ease of booking lodging, I'd like to keep the London portion of the stay all together vs breaking it up with other destinations.