We are looking at around a 14-day trip to England (in July/August of 2015 - I start planning and researching WAY ahead!), and our base is definitely London. I'm wanting to do some day/possibly overnight trips and need help "grouping" things together! I did a semester in London in college and got to see many of these places, but my husband has never been overseas. Any help is MUCH appreciated! Here's what's on our list:
-Possibly Oxford and/or Cambridge (I've seen both and am not sure which to do - I'm thinking Cambridge offers a bit more?)
-Hever Castle (I'm a Tudor buff and would love to see this for the first time)
-Highclere Castle (I'm also a HUGE Downton Abbey fan and want to catch this during its tour season). Was considering the Brit Movie Tours trip for this one?
-Cotswolds (nothing extensive, just want to experience it a bit)
-Stratford-Upon-Avon (would love to tour Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaway's cottage)
-Bath (We want to spend the night here and give it a good amount of time)
-Ightham Mote (I saw this during my semester abroad and LOVED IT!)
How can I group these and also have a good amount of time in London? How would you allot the time? We are open to doing "organized" tours for a few of these if that's the best option (maybe for Cotswolds, etc.?). I know it's a lot to ask, but I'm hoping there's someone out there who really enjoys putting together itineraries and can offer advice! Thanks in advance!