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Iternary Help - London + ? without car

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We are a family of 4 Americans (mom, dad, 14-year-old boy, 19 year-old-boy). We have decided to go to UK this summer for a total of 2 weeks, beginning with 1 week in London. I want to be ready to buy airfare really soon, so I need to decide whether it will be round-trip to/from London, or an open-jaw flight into London and out of another city. In previous trips to Europe (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, France, and England (many years ago)), we have always enjoyed renting a car and exploring the countryside (I love feeling more like a "local"), but this time my husband and I have decided to do this trip without a car rental. (We seriously need to reduce stress....hence our decision to not drive on the left side of the road.)

After a week in London, what could we do by train/regional air? We are definitely not a new-day-different-city type family, but I would appreciate suggestions on 1, 2 or 3 other main stops to make. Should we do 1 week in London and fly to Dublin for the 2nd week? Or train to Edinburgh for a week? Or train to Manchester (soccer stadium tour, for sure) and then to Edinburgh? Or??

As you can tell, I'm at the brain-storming stage, and I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. FYI, interests for my family are: good food; beautiful scenery; not very many museums but open to castles and other interesting sites; exploring/walking (but not intense hiking); having a relaxing place to hang out. I actually envision while in London that we will rent a flat, and split up some during the day. I like to be out-and-about exploring, while my husband likes to explore just a bit and then relax with a glass of wine :)

Thanks in advance,
DJ

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