I’m planning with my wife a two-weeks trip in Southern England, to take place in late May and early June. That’s our first stay in England, and we enjoy exploring historic cities by foot, visiting museums and monuments, and taking some glimpses of the sea-shore and the country; we don’t like to go out at night, and will travel by train and/or bus; lastly, we’ll travel on a tight budget.
As we have planned so far, we’ll stay 4 full days in London and another 2 full days in Canterbury (to see the city and a bit of the coast); then we can’t decide what to do. We would like to visit Oxford, Bath, Salibury and Winchester; Wells, Portsmouth and a taste of the Cotswolds would be excellent. But we don’t know in which cities to stay, using them as a base, and which ones can we do as a day trip.
So far we have planned two alternative routes:
EITHER 2 full days in Oxford (visiting Oxford and Blenheim) + 2 full days in Winchester (visiting Winchester, Salisbury and, if possible, also Portsmouth);
OR 3 full days in Bath (visiting Bath, Wells, Salisbury and, if possible, taking a taste of the Cotswolds) + 1 full day in Oxford (visiting Oxford and, if possible, also Blenheim).
In between all these full days, we have the days used to change places, which can be used in the city we’re departing (leaving it late), if the spent days there were not enough, or in the new place (arriving there early), if we’re satysfied. Or also that day can be used visiting a in-between spot (as a day trip).
I'm considering putting Bath aside for this year, leaving it for another year, as well as the Cotswolds, Wells, Exeter, Stratford-Upon-Avon (...?), for another trip, latter.
So, in short: extending to Bath (as well as Wells and a bit of the Cotswolds) or sticking to Winchester (and Portsmouth)? A single day would be enough for Oxford? Or is there another unmissable visit, in Southern England, that I missed so far?
Many thanks in advance.