I am coming to Bristol for a conference July 6-7. I am bringing my 13 year old daughter and year old son. We will be flying into London, and I have booked rooms there for the 26-1st July and 7-9 July. I hadn't planned to hire a car, but now I am second guessing myself. We would like to spend the 1st-5th visiting the countryside. Specifically, we would like to visit Bath and see cliffs along the coast, and I think she saw a purported king arthur's castle in one of the travel guides she was reading. It is full of bus and train routes, but I am starting to doubt what we can do in that time frame without private transportation. Nosing around here I saw the canal boats, and that looks fabulous, but not possible with our traveling party! It's rather late dates, but I would love to hear opinions about what a pair of bibliophiles might want to go out of their way to see, especially with a baby on board. Thank you in advance for any suggestions for what we should visit, and how we should get there.
Oh, last note, we are from Phoenix where most people never use public transportation, but we have navigated Chicago and Washington DC, so while I find the schedules intimidating, I am trying to have confidence that we could figure it out (with a little help from our TA friends...)