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Advice for trip: Much Hadham, Ely, Edinburgh, Stirling, Hadrian's Wall?

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My husband and I and another couple are at the beginning stages of planning a trip, flying into Heathrow, probably arriving at 10 pm. We could get a car with a driver to Stanstead airport area for 115 pounds- the same amount it would take for us to go there by train. It would take about 80 minutes. Maybe it would be too late at night to try to do that. Would

a hotel at Heathrow be better?

We will probably rent a car in Stanstead and plan to stay in Much Hadham for probably three nights. My mother's ancestors are from Much Hadham. We will be there for the Open Garden Sunday. We will walk to Henry Moore's museum and see his sculptures on his farm. We'll probably go to Hatfield. Any other suggestions for this area?

Then we'll go to Ely for the first day of the flower festival at the cathedral. Has anyone been to this festival? We may stay at Ely a couple of days. Any suggestions?

Then we will fly to Edinburgh and spend maybe three days there. We have been there before and know pretty much where to stay and what we plan to do. Then probably on to Stirling for a few days. We will take a couple of day trips from Stirling. Any particular suggestions?

Our plan is to take a train to Chester for a day or two and then fly home from Manchester.

However my husband would love to take a quick trip to see Hadrian's Wall before we fly home. I have not figured out a very practical way to do this. It would mean a four hour plus train trip from Stirling to Newcastle, then a trip to Hadrian's Wall the next day, then the next day a four hour train trip to Chester. Personally, I think that is too much travel to spend a day sightseeing. Any suggestions? Or are there other very interesting Roman walls/ruins that are more accessible for our trip. I know Chester has Roman ruins. I am trying to remember if there is a Roman fort near where we will be in Scotland?

Our total trip will be 14 to 16 days. We are really looking forward to it. I'm especially wanting to see the beautiful flowers and gardens.

Thanks for any helpful suggestions.

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