Hi- my husband and I are planning our first trip to England for May 2023--we are thinking of going to Rick Steve's 3 favorite cities--London, Bath, York, plus Oxford (on my husband's top list) and the Cotswolds. As Rick suggests, we're going first to Bath, leaving London to the end of the trip. We'd like to rent a car only for the places where it is really needed, and otherwise prefer public transportation. We're interested in culture/history and also experiencing the English countryside/gardens in the Spring. We generally prefer to spend more time in fewer places (but there is so much to see in England!),
One question I have is how hard/expensive is it to do a one-way car rental e.g. Bath to Oxford and is there any company particularly good for this? Also, any suggestions on the order of doing things (e.g. Bath, Cotswolds, Oxford versus Bath, Oxford, Cotswolds), whether we should rent a car in Bath or Oxford?
We are open to suggestions--One alternative would be to spend 3 nights in the Cotswolds and do Oxford as a day trip from London. Another alternative would be to leave out York (but seems like a good contrast to the other places we are visiting, and Rick really likes it).
Arrive at Heathrow- bus to Bath. 3 nights in Bath.
Train (or car) to Oxford. 1 night in Oxford.
Car--2 nights in Cotswolds, probably Stow-on-the Wold.
Return car in Oxford. Train to York. 3 nights in York.
Train to London. 5 nights in London.