I know, who goes to England inJanuary? This time works for us and we can handle cold/damp weather. We know there are plenty of indoor sites to see, and the shortened days may keep us from overdoing it. We do not like flying through our experiences, so want plenty of time in the museums. We love all things history; I love churches; my daughter will like an 'activity' like a workshop, something hands on. I checked theater offerings, but many many shows are sold out!
We plan the following for our 9 days on ground:
Victoria and Albert
Tower of London
British Museum or Natural History Museum
Pub crawling on a tour or Walks of London
A day of shopping (19 yr. old with us) and tea
Outside the city:
Stonehenge/day tour plus ???? Maybe the early access time which is only available one day we are there.
Other outside the city day tours? Bath? Oxford? Leeds Castle/Canterbury/Cliffs of Dover combined?
(1) Which day trips do you recommend for a first time visitor? We may get back to England someday, but it is not certain. I would like to see other parts of the country, but given the time of year, and our desire to soak in our experiences, rather than run all over I thought keeping to the southern portion of the country might make sense.
(2) Do you favor train travel, or is a car really necessary? I thought we might need a car to experience Cotswold area, but it might not be that appealing in mid January.
(3) Anything you would avoid?