We are cautiously optimistic that travel to England will be permitted by summer 2021. As such, we have purchased late June flights from the U.S. East Coast to Heathrow. We are a family of four, two adults and two teens. Our children are great travelers, and have enjoyed previous trips to Ireland, France, and Spain.
We enjoy small towns, outdoor activities (hiking, boating), good restaurants, cozy pubs, and local markets. Our children are also Harry Potter fans, but we don’t plan on going out of our way for HP sites.
Below is our first crack at an itinerary. We plan on using public transport between cities, then renting a car for the remainder. Right hand drives/left hand roads aren’t a concern.
6/21 - Arrive London (sleep London)
6/22 - London (sleep London)
6/23 - London (sleep London)
6/24 - Train to York (sleep York)
6/25 - York (sleep York)
6/26 - Rent car in York, drive to Malham (sleep Malham)
6/27 - Yorkshire Dales (sleep Malham)
6/28 - Drive to Keswick (sleep Keswick)
6/29 - Lake District (sleep Keswick)
6/30 - Drive to Conwy (sleep Conwy)
7/1 - North Wales/Snowdonia (sleep Conwy)
7/2 - Drive to Cotswolds (sleep Stow-on-the-Wold)
7/3 - Cotswolds (sleep Stow-on-the-Wold)
7/4 - Cotswolds (sleep Stow-on-the-Wold)
7/5 - Drive to Bath (sleep Bath)
7/6 - Bath/Glastonbury (sleep Bath)
7/7 - Bath/Avebury/Bristol? (sleep Bath)
7/8 - Drive to Stonehenge then Heathrow (5:35 PM departure)
Two full days in London may be short, but my wife and I have visited previously and there is so much more of England to see! Questions:
- Should we forego an overnight in the Yorkshire Dales and add another overnight in York or the Lake District?
- We would definitely like to visit Conwy and Snowdonia, but it is somewhat out of the way. Worth it, or should we add time elsewhere?
- A quick visit to Stonehenge seems viable on the way to Heathrow from Bath, especially with the late flight (5:35 PM). Any concerns with that plan?
Happy to hear any suggestions or recommendations. Thanks!