I wasn't really sure where to ask this question, so I went with the general UK forum. I'm tentatively planning a trip to the UK in June 2012. It would be me, my sister, my 14 year old daughter, and my 8 year old nephew.
Right now I'm thinking a week in London (as sister and nephew have not been) and then take a train to either North Wales or Newcastle and rent a car.
In North Wales we would probably see castles (Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris) and Snowdonia, possibly scenic train trip. I researched this for myself and my daughter, and I think it could be done by public transport. Would that still be best with 4 of us (sister and nephew have not travelled much), or should we rent a car?
In Northumberland, I was thinking Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, and Lindisfarne Priory as well as some part of Hadrian's Wall. When researching this area previously, it seemed that it was doable by public transport but more challenging.
I have driven in the UK, but not since 1991, and then I had a Brit with me to make sure I was going the right way. With another adult along I would be willing to try it again, but I was wondering if one area would be easier driving than the other or if you would recommend just public transport. I thought maybe Northumberland would be easier as I think it's flatter and maybe the roads aren't as winding?
Thanks for any suggestions.