I'd posted an itinerary for my upcoming trip a month or so back, and gotten comments on it. I've since reworked it, and welcome more comments. (Hopefully it's a bit less hectic, for the most part than my earlier version.)
Travelers are myself, (Female 50-something) my just-graduated from college daughter, and my sister and her husband (who are living in England this year.) We will be mostly staying with them in Oxford and day-tripping.
Saturday: Daughter and I arrive Heathrow around 9 a.m. -- bus to Oxford. In the afternoon see a play and walk around a bit, then sleep off jet-lag.
Sunday: Sightsee in Oxford -- Ashmoleon, look at some colleges, maybe the library tour.
Monday: Up bright and early, pick up rental car at 8 and drive to Wells. Should arrive by around 10:30. See the cathedral. Around noon, drive to Bath and park in the out-of-town 'park and ride' lot. Must see's in Bath are the Baths and Fashion museum; also hope to see one or more of the smaller museums (Holbourne Gallery, Astronomy museum, possibly peek into the Abbey. Early evening stroll around for a bit, then drive to Cardiff and have a late dinner. (We have hotel reservations in Cardiff.)
(Alternatively, we could do Bath first and then go to Wells for evensong. How much of the Cathedral can be seen from your seat while listening to the service? Which is the more efficient use of time? Is it considered unspeakably rude to sneak out of the service a little early?)
Tuesday: Cardiff Castle in the morning, and a short visit to the national museum, mostly to see the art. After lunch, a leisurely drive east to/through the Wye Valley, stopping at Caerleon on the way. Probably check out Chepstow castle. By evening make it to Tewkesbury, where we have hotel reservations.
Wednesday: Day in the Cotswolds. We want to see the falconry near Moreton and the Rollright stones. (And we'll probably see Tewksesbury Abby while we're there.) Other than that, we'll play it by ear. Return to Oxford in the evening.
Thursday: Return the rental car and get the train to London, arriving around 9:45. Tube to Pimlico. Spend an hour or so at the Tate Gallery (being very selective -- I know we can't see it all in an hour). Walk to Westminster, grab an early lunch, and then see the Abbey. Mid to late afternoon at the War Rooms.(Use 2 for 1 tix.) Walk to Trafalgar Square, an early dinner at Cafe in the Crypt, then see the National Portrait Gallery for as long as we have until we need to return to St. Martin the Fields for a 7:30 concert. (The gallery is open late on Thursdays.) Bus back to Oxford after the concert.
Friday: Train to London, arriving around 10:15. (This is probably our most hectic day, but I can't see any other way to do it.) A short visit to the British Library, then to the British Museum. Spend about 3 1/2 hours there, including lunch in a museum cafe. Around 3 to Apsley House. (2 for 1) Late afternoon to the V&A, which is open until 10, though we'll need to leave a bit earlier to get a train back to Oxford. (Dinner either at the museum or a picnic in Hyde Park or something near the V&A.) The V&A website notes that 'selected' galleries are open in the evening. I can't find any info on exactly which galleries are and are not open. Anyone know where to find it? I'd hate to discover that the one thing I'm most dying to see is closed...
Saturday: Train to London, arriving around 9 -- tube to Tower Hill. Morning at the Tower. (2 for 1) After lunch to the Courtauldt Gallery; (daughter should get in free as a full-time college student -- if not, there's a a 2 for 1); late afternoon at the National Gallery. A pre-theatre dinner, then we have tickets to the theatre in the evening.
Sunday: Train to London. (Alas, the earliest train on Sunday doesn't arrive until after 10, frustrating for trying to take advantage of cheap day return tickets on the weekend.) Museum of London in the morning; Greenwich in the afternoon. (Maritime and Fan Museums -- other stuff as time permits.) Take the river boat from Greenwich back into central London, dinner (unsure where), and train back to Oxford.
Monday:Mid-morning bus back to Heathrow for our flight home.