My family of four (2 parents, 2 adult children) are fortunate to be able to go to the UK next spring for several days. We fly into Heathrow, arriving mid-afternoon Thursday 4/20 and depart on Saturday 4/29 in the evening. This will be our first trip to the UK. I am hoping to get some guidance on the best way to get to most of what we want to see. We don't have the opportunity to travel together internationally but every few years and we want to maximize our time. As the saying goes, we'll sleep when we're dead (sorry to be morbid)! We are looking at lodging in the Paddington/Covent Gardens/Kensington areas as our first picks.
So here's where we want to go and the options I'm mulling over
4/20-4/24 (or 25): Tour London sites
4/24: Go to Salisbury, do Stonehenge and the Cathedral--stay overnight?
4/25: Train to York, tour York, stay overnight
4/26: Train to Edinburgh, tour Edinburgh
4/29: Train back to London to fly out (I realize an open jaw would have been better, bought tix on a deal couldn't pass up)
Where I'm stuck is on Salisbury. Stonehenge is a must see for us but I'm concerned about making it a day trip from London. That train trip plus touring makes for a very long day. But I also don't want to start from further away to get to York. So it's either day trip then London-York on 4/25, or leave London on 4/24.
Thanks for your help!
And last question, for now, if you had to pick...Bletchley Park or Churchill War Rooms? I really wanted to do Bletchley but I'd probably have to go alone, whereas I can convince everyone to do CWR.