Hi amazingly helpful Tripadvisor peeps,
I'm trying to finalise an itinerary which, currently, has us finishing our holiday in Bath. We will certainly arrive at Bath (from the Cotswolds) with a hire car, but I haven't done enough research yet to know whether or not we will need a car in Bath. Current plan is to have 3 nights, with no specific must-sees other than perhaps doing the Mad Max tour to Stonehenge, Avebury, Castle Combe and Lacock on one of the days. As this is the last destination of our 5-week trip I presume we'll be pretty exhausted and just feel like taking it pretty easy.
I've actually got a bunch of questions, and some answers are dependant on others, so I'll just fire them!
1) with no real plan in Bath, other than what I've written above, will we need to keep the hire car whilst in Bath?
2) if we've arrived from Bath after 2-nights in the Cotswolds, will the Mad Max tour be retracing old steps and hence overkill? Would we be better to just visit Stonehenge and/or the other circle thingies.
3) if we have kept the hire car, then is it easier to drive to Heathrow than bus/train?
4) if we have returned the car, what's the most convenient way to get to T4 for a 16:50 flight on a Friday afternoon? (www.nationalexpress.com told me the trip would take 3 h 41m and that to get there in time we'd have to leave Bath at 6:30am EEK!) That's not the impression of Bath I want to be left with.
To throw a spanner in the works, someone here suggested that our journey's final destination should be Ireland (which we're going to for 8-9 days of our 5 weeks), but I said "absolutely no way" for two reasons: 1) that I didn't want the extra flight on the same day as a 4-flight longhaul trip, and 2) because I didn't like the idea that the flight to LHR from Dublin might being delayed significantly enough to make us late for the big flight home. I live in Tasmania, which is a state separated from the mainland of Australia and every time I fly overseas I spend the previous night in Melbourne or Sydney because our flights seem to be delayed more often than flights on the mainland.
So, question 5 is: what's the likelihood that a flight from Dublin to LHR would be delayed more than a couple of hours? (I know that's a dumb question!)