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3 weeks and counting!

We are leaving in 3 weeks for 16 dys in the UK with out two teenage boys. We have 6 days in Bradford on Avon, with plans to do Stonehenge/Avebury, Bath and the Cotswolds villages (Bibury and Castle Combe are the closest)....but are still working on our other days there....any suggestions? We have 2 nights in London and our must sees are the Tower and Westminster Abbey....maybe the Eye.... We have one night in York in the old town.....then we go to Scotland for 6 nights....Stirling area. In Scotland our must sees are Edinburgh, Stirling, Castle Doune, and Loch Ness. Are we missing anthing that could fit into our schedule?

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Sandi, Do you plan to see London first and will you be driving? With out two teenage boys..sounds good to me. With our two teenage boys sounds like more fun. In that case do try to enclude the Eye. Also in London, if you can find the time, do the Tower Bridge Experience. I think your kids would enjoy seeing the history of the bridge and how it works. We were in London in April and everything was crowded then so by late June you can expect even worse. Give yourselves an early start. "One night in York". Any days in York?
In Edinburgh don't miss the underground city and a deep fried Mars bar.

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If you have a car in Bradford there is tons to see- just go in any direction. Cotswolds- with a car you can see many more than two villages, they are very close to each other. Castle Combe can be done in a littkle over an hour- some really nice sights, but not many of them.
Depends how you want to see them. Get to a village and walk around a little, and then drive to the next. Great fun. But at least two days From Bradford, sights on way to Cotswolds include Lacock (nice little village with Harry Potter connections), Malmesbury, great town with Abbey. other directions - (South East) Salisbury/ Stonehenge/ Avebury. (North West)- Chepstow and Tintern Abbey ruins; West- Somerset with Selworthy and Dunster; South -Dorset tunnel roads and Abbotsbury swannery. Tarr steps- ancient clapper bridge. Cleeve Abbey ruins; (Lorna) Doone Valley; Exmoor and Dartmoor; Shaftsbury town You could spend weeks and not run out of things to see

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Thanks for the suggestions! And...yes it is WITH our boys....haha....

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In Bradford you are probably close to a number of the "White Horse" and "Giant man" carvings in the hillsides. There are a number which were cut (mostly in ancient times) so the white chalk shows through the green turf. I have always found them fascinating

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Sandi, you and the boys might enjoy the Acton Scott historic farm, in Church Stretton - it's about 120 miles from Bradford but might be a good stop on your way to York. It's a working farm that operates as farms did in the 19th century, with demonstrations of the various skills and tasks. And I second the recommendation in Edinburgh for the Real Mary King's Close, the underground city. Have a great time!

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My favorite restaurant in York is Gert and Henry's. It is near the edge of the Shambles and near the market. It is in an old half-timber house. Great food, marvelous atmosphere and not toooo expensive. Try the roast beef with Yorkshire pudding or the sauteed chicken, or the fish and chips...... oh, and they bring you a piece of homemade "tablet" (aka fudge) with the bill. Be sure to see Culloden battlefield and Clava Cairnes while in Inverness. If you have time = cruise up Loch Ness and see Urquart Castle and the lovely village of Drumnadrochit (where all the Nessie stuff is, but still a lovely village with several excellent pubs). If you can work in going to Windsor while in London, it is well worth it. It is my favorite castle and there is some very good shopping there, too. A walk over to Eaton is nice, as is a short cruise on the Thames (you get to see a bit of the countryside and a different view of the castle).

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If you are taking the underground just remember to "mind the gap."

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I highly recommend the tour guide services of Alan Price at Celtic Horizons: http://www.celtichorizons.com/main/index.php?site=tour. Using him makes the most of your time and he does all the driving. He knows the Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury, Cotswold and many other areas very well and can tailor your trip to your interests. The teenage boys will get so much out of his commentary. Alan and Celtic Horizons is in rick Steves' book.