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Travel help with London, Cotswolds, Dover for 2 weeks

Family of 4 adults will be flying into London in mid-Sept. Would like to visit the Cotswold area (maybe tour by car), Oxford, and the Dover area. Of course, we must see sights in London but trying to decide the transportation to other areas and maybe what order and how many days to stay. I know RS suggests going outside of London first so wondering if we should leave airport and go straight toward Oxford and the Cotswold area. Then we could head back to London for the second week and fly home. Where would we fit in Dover regarding transportation? Maybe just a day trip from London?
Also, we feel bus transportation would be our most economical and best way to see sights along the way when going to Oxford and/or Dover? Does that sound good?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. First trip to England. Thank you!

Posted by
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RS might recommended it and his tours tend to start from Bath but I don't see the benefit myself if London is one of your prime destinations. Go to London first, and ease yourself in on the first day makes more sense to me. Later on go to Oxford by train/coach. Stay over at least one night then pick up a car to the Cotswolds.

Posted by
10344 posts

The Cotswolds are best explored by rental car, in my opinion. There's limited rail service to the part of the Cotswolds you would probably want to see.

Posted by
16893 posts

One reason for starting in a smaller town when you fly in is just to avoid splitting up your visit to London and booking two hotels there. After your flight arrival (probably in the morning), you have all day to get to your first destination. On the other hand, if you have a morning flight departure from London, you'll want to keep transport connections as easy as possible and would have several options from London.