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12 Days London and Peak District Itinerary

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Hey guys! Next year, I'm planning a trip with my boyfriend and his family to the UK, and I would love some wisdom that you all seem to have an abundance of! :) This won't be my first trip to the UK, but it will be for my boyfriend and his family, so I'm trying to hit some interesting spots even if I've already been there.

Some notes about us if you have anything to suggest that we might like:
I love historical places, the boyfriend likes outdoorsy stuff like hiking, his sister is very into gardens and wildlife reserves, and his mom likes manor houses and castles and just basically pretty things. :) Me, boyfriend, and boyfriend's sister are all in our early to mid twenties and pretty spry, but we will be travelling with some elders, so I'm trying to keep it so that we're not moving at too much of a breakneck speed.

Day 1

Land at Heathrow in the AM
Rent car/drive up to Stafford (where our timeshare is)
Relax/take quick trip into the village to explore (Barton-under-Needlewood, if you're curious)

Day 2

Sudbury Hall
Tamworth Castle

Day 3

Llangollen, Wales to see:
Castell Dinas Bran
Valle Crucis Abbey

Day 4

Warwick Castle

Day 5

Hiking in the Peak District

Those were all the ideas I had so far, I don't know if I should spread them out or add more to them. I was also considering a day trip to York, but it's kind of a long drive and I feel like we wouldn't be doing it justice in just one day. I wouldn't be opposed to it, though, because I love York.

We're then going to be spending a week in London, probably renting an apartment in South Kensington.

Day 1

Drop car off at Heathrow, take tube into London
Check into apartment, drop off luggage and get settled in
Amble through Kensington Gardens and briefly view Kensington Palace (probably will not end up going inside, I've heard it's a let down)
Head over to the Trafalgar Square/Piccadilly Circus/Leicester Square area at night

Day 2

Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace (not interested in seeing the Changing of the Guards)
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Amble past/take pictures of Big Ben/Houses of Parliament

Day 3

Day trip to Canterbury

Day 4

Camden Market in AM
St Pauls Cathedral
Temple of Mithras
British Museum

Day 5

Day trip to Windsor Castle

Day 6

Tower of London
Geffrye Museum
West End show at Night

Day 7

Fly Home

Obviously this is a very loosely sketched out itinerary, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. If there's anything you think I'm missing out on that we would love, or if you think we'll be rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off, please let me know. Thanks!

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