First, let me introduce ourselves, our interests & travel-style. We're a 70 yr old couple planning to travel with a 15 yr old granddaughter. Tentative plan is to arrive at a London airport from U.S. on morning of 15 April for a self-drive tour of Isle of Britain after 3 nights at a suburban London B&B.
While 2 or 3 nights at a B&B are nice, in the countryside (which we tend to prefer over cities) we often spend just one night then drive 100-175 miles down the road to where dark catches us stopping at a Budget B&B - usually without reservations. We enjoy scenery from car & dont mind driving 4-5 hrs a day.
Interests include mountains, beaches, scenery, observing everyday life, walking 2 or 3 miles a day, historic sites, some museums & castles. Tho we expect to spend 3 days in London area (& visit some other cities more briefly) we really prefer eating & sleeping in small towns/rural areas - & at places where locals do rather than in touristy places.
Our very tentative & incomplete itinerary follows - hoping for suggestions, critiques, overlooked sites, etc.. Thank You in advance for reading & especially replying!
Tues 15 Apr. - arrive at a London airport (prefer location of Heathrow if can get budget flight there) at aprox 8am, rent car & do limited sightseeing outside London (perhaps Windsor Castle) that first day, This would be the first of 3 overnites in a B&B in an outlying London suburb.
Wed 16 Apr - drive to public parking & take public transit into London for the day returning to B&B for overnite.
Thurs 17 Apr - same as above. (Due to my back problems we prefer to get a car at time of arrival to minimize my/our handling of heavy suitcases.)
Fri 18 apr - Stroll around Oxford University campus, spend midday in Stratford-on-Avon & overnite perhaps between Coventry & Nottingham.
Sat 19 apr - Motorway to Kirk Deighton (ancestral home, near Wethersby) a few miles west of Yorkshire, midday at York Cathedral, City Wall & Shambles. Drive Northeast thru Moors to Whitby area for overnite (Regret: probably will reach Moors Visitor Ctr after it closes).
Sun 20 Apr - Drive to one of the Hadrian's Wall sites, probably in Hexham area, for a stop. Cut thru to main Hiway into Cheviot Hills with stops at Scottish border & perhaps Jedburgh. On to Edinburgh area for 2 overnites (with possible detour to Dunbar & Castle - ancestral interest).
Mon 21 Apr - Spend day in Edinburgh - Castle, Knox House, Golden Mile, Holyrood & hope to have reservations for a special evening meal with musical program at a downtown location as bus tours do. Overnite same B&B.
Tues 22 Apr - Stops at Perth, Pass of Drumochler & Culloden Battlefield & on to Inverness area for overnite. (So far this covers 8 of our 16 days in Britain & I fear I may be running out of space for a post so I will stop here & continue the itinerary in a follow-up or reply post.)