We will be visiting England this summer. I plan on 4 nights in London to see the sights in London & then was planning on visiting Bath, Stonehenge, Warwick Castle & Cambridge. Initially I had planned on leaving London & taking the train to each place one by one, spending a night in each place to be able to absorb each town & have a decent amount of time there. However, as I consider it more it seems it will be hard to do this with all of our luggage. There are 2 adults & 2 kids in our party so at least 3-4 suitcases. When we leave London where would we keep our luggage when we arrive, say in Bath for our first visit if we can't check in til 2pm? I have heard some train stations have luggage storage but even with that it seems a waste of time & energy to check our luggage, then go out to sightsee & then have to come back to the train station to get our luggage before heading to the hotel. Then the same thing the next day when we head to Salisbury etc etc.
So, should we just stay in London, and take a backpack each day, leave early in the morning & come home after dinnertime (8pm) to our London hotel each night? I hate the thought of having to spend more time in the city vs the lovely more peaceful countryside.
Or, would it just be worth it to rent a car so we can leave our luggage inside while we sightsee for the day before checking in.
Honestly I'd prefer to spend the night in a nice B&B in Bath, Warwich & Cambridge vs London!
Another idea I just had would be to check out of our London hotel in the early afternoon, train to Bath & be able to check in then spend 3 nights in Bath & use that as our homebase while we visit Stonehenge, Warwick & Cambridge.
Or just travel around noon each day from each hotel/B&B so we can check in right away? I much prefer to get a fresh start each day, get up early & leave after breakfast for a new adventure but if we do afternoon, then morning in each city before we left, that could work, could it not?
Ideas? Something I haven't thought about? Thanks for any advice!