Found a seat sale to Gatwick and so we're off to England in September for 2 weeks. The initial plan was a week in London and a week somewhere else. But now, we're throwing around the idea of avoiding London and it's crowds and touring the south of England. I have no problem renting a car, but I'm wondering if I can avoid a car for some of the trip-perhaps a week with a car and a week by train? Based on our very preliminary list of places we'd like to see, I'm not sure how practical that will be.
In no particular order here is our our initial list with no thought yet of what needs to be cut. Keep in mind that our travel style is balls to the wall. We're typically out the door at 7am and back in our room by 10pm.
- Soccer (football game). Thinking Southampton or Brighton as it seems tickets may be easier to get than one of the big clubs in London.
- Castles. I love castles. Arundel and Leeds have caught my eye. I'd be perfectly willing to do a castle a day but that may be a bit much...
- Highclere Castle-thanks to watching Downton Abbey, plus my Mom would enjoy me visiting it because her travelling days are behind her, and she enjoys vacationing vicariously through me.
- Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals
- Winchester-Just because I'm a fan of the Last Kingdom book and TV series.
- HMS Victory in Portsmouth (edited to correct my initial post that put it in Southampton).
- Rye-based on 1 photo I saw in a travel guide.
- Stonehenge. In a perfect world I'd find a sunrise tour. Not sure yet if that is a thing.
Next step will be to block the locations into areas to figure out an itinerary and determine if there would be a way to possibly travel by train for a week and then by car for a week for those harder-to-get-to locations. Also haven't determined yet how many home bases we need and where they should be.
Any thoughts, tips, suggestions, hidden gems will be appreciated.