I have the Rick Steves England guide book but still have some questions. This is my first time going to Europe period but I am flying in to Heathrow and then staying 2 nights in Bath. First question: I have a quote from a driver for roughly $180 to drive from Heathrow to Bath. I am guessing I can do way better by rail or bus. How hard is it to hit the ground running and plan once you land OR should you have all this sorted out previously? Itinerary rough draft looks like this:
Bath 2 nights
Cotswolds 2 nights
Lake District 1 night
London 5 nights
Would an Oyster card be worthwhile?
Also, is it advisable to try to make reservations for meals in advance or just wing it? In April, how crowded are the 'must-sees'? Should I secure the tickets to items like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, etc in advance? May thanks. I have been reading this forum for a few months and the advice has been invaluable.