My questions relate to the first part of trip and the 4 nights/5 days prior to going to Manchester. We were planning to visit the Bath/Cotswold/Oxford area. Ideally, we would prefer to stay in one spot accommodation-wise but we may have to do two. Originally, I was hoping to do only public transportation but given what I have seen posted it appears renting a car might be the best option at least of the Cotswold portion. The days would be arrive on Tuesday and depart on Saturday.
Sites areas we have on our list are:
• Bath – focus on history and Roman sites
• Cotswold – possible walks and visit a few villages
• Oxford – see university area
• Stratford on the Avon – quick trip to see Shakespeare related things
We were thinking about a base would give us access to all of the above. Oxford, Moreton in Marsh, or Bath are a possible bases.
Oxford option – Arrive in Oxford Parkway and pick up rental car (Enterprise) and then travel into Cotswold for a few days. Maybe visit Oxford and Bath via trains later in the visit. Likely drive to Stratford. Come back and travel to Manchester via Oxford Parkway.
Bath Option – arrive in Bath and stay one or two nights…probably one. Travel to Oxford and visit. Rent car late in day at Oxford Parkway and travel to Cotswold for remainder.
Bath Option without rental car – Stay in Bath and travel to Oxford, Stratford by train. Perhaps take a day tour of Cotswold out of Bath
Would it make sense to start off in Bath and stay one and then move to Cotswold? Moreton in Marsh could be another base but travel from here to Bath is very long at over two hours.
I am leaning towards the Oxford option but would appreciate any direction. The driving part is not my first choice but we are up to the challenge.