Looking for advice from great Rick Steves' posters!
After spending two weeks in Ireland & Scotland (group tour), we will be moving onto England on our own, arriving first in York. We plan to travel by train between our major hub cities in England. We originally had a few more stay-over cities in our itinerary, but realized it would be too much packing/unpacking and getting to/from trains, so we have now worked out the itinerary below. What do you think?
Day 1 - arrive into York after 7 pm
Day 2 - York
Day 3 - York
Day 4 - Train from York to Cornwall (full day of travel) (see below)
Day 5 & 6 (2 days) - In Cornwall, visit Camborne (to visit Chapel Street where GGF lived), search for GGM's home near Truro. Other sightseeing suggestions?
Day 7 - Train from Cornwall to Oxford, Bath, Cheltenham, Moreton or ????, arriving mid-afternoon
Days 8-10 (3 days) Sightseeing/day tours to Cotswold/Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace....other suggested can't-miss sights???
Day 11 - train to London
Days 12-15 - London and surrounding (we have London sightseeing plans already selected)
Regarding our 2 days, 3 nights for Days 5&6 in Cornwall, keeping in mind we want to visit Camborne & Truro for short visits to see ancestor's home locations, we would appreciate recommendations of towns that would be good for our lodging needs. Will need to be near a major train station. Once there, we will most likely use bus service or taxis for transportation (may rent a car for one day).
Regarding our 3 days/4 nights for Days 8-10, we would appreciate recommendations for a central hub city for day tours out to sights such as Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, possibly somewhere in Wales, etc.
Also, I've been trying to do the math as far as train fares. Assuming train travel of Edin-York, York-Cornwall, Cornwall-Oxford (for example sake) and Oxford-London, does anyone have a sense of whether the BritRail (England, Scotland and Wales) pass for 4 trips over 15 days would be more cost effective than purchasing the Senior Rail pass ($30 pounds) whereby we would purchase each train trip separately in advance? So many things to consider.....and then there's the BusPlus add-on feature. Any ideas about that? I know this is a lot....thanks in advance for any advice!