I'll be doing a 1-month language course in England, in London, to be exact, on April 2018. I'll be doing a 3-week budget trip across continental Europe after this (https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/3-week-trip-after-course-thoughts), so, unless it's a budget choice, I want to focus on the UK isles while I'm in the said course.
During week days, after class, I want to flavor London and surrounding cities (Oxford, St. Albans and Windsor, for an example). I also want to save one weekend, the first, probably, without any trip. I want to use it to adapt myself to London, and maybe do a special program within London. So, I'm left with 3 weekends. One of those I want to be in Edinburgh, even if I blow up my budget a little bit. The other two, I'm open to ideas. I could come up with 3 itineraries:
1 - Arriving after lunch in Salisbury, on the friday. Stonehenge on the Saturday morning, Bath on the afternoon, night in Bath. Morning train to Cardiff on Sunday, return to London at night.
2 - Arriving after lunch in Canterbury. Rochester (with the castle) and maybe (a big maybe, thanks to the high cost) Leeds Castle on Saturday. Dover Castle on Sunday, return to London.
3 - Arriving on Newcastle on friday afternoon. Hadrian Wall on Saturday (stopping on Corbridge) and, if I have the time, Durham Castle (this is secondary. If I'm exhausted, I'll just not go). To York on the Sunday, returning to London at night.
I'm obviously open to ideas and suggestions. My first, and foremost interest, is history. Ancient, Medieval and Military history. That's why I'll do Dover Castle either way, as a day trip or as a part of the weekend.
My budget per week, total, is £150 (I'll be in a homestay, with breakfast and dinner included), so I'm planning to spend between £70 and £120 on said weekend trip. That's a rather low budget on international trips, even on a low-cost air company, but, if any of you think differently, I would also love to know (Toledo would be a perfect fit to my "needs", for an example).
Also, I'm open on any ideas about quick and unusual day trips from London, alligned with my desires.
Thank you all!