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Wedding in Oxford then 11 days in England..with an 18 month old baby

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this forum is amazing...many have helped me plan trips I know would not have turned out as beautifully as they did, if not for all of you. In early August 2015, we get to go back to England to watch and help photograph a family wedding at Oxford University. Once the wedding activities are over, my husband and I plan on renting a car and explore some of the cathedrals and Gothic ruins I've always hoped to see. I'm an architectural/ landscape photographer and know my "must see list" has already gotten entirely too BIG. I was hoping to receive some advice on what is logical and possible when it comes to my wish list... along with the reality of traveling with our (at that time, 18 month old son.) My husband and I were used to a very quick pace travel style, many times, staying in B & B's for only one night before jetting off to the next destination (while traveling Scotland and also during a Mediterranean Cruise.) I understand, I will have to put into account my little son and the frequent stops and "down time" he will need. The 11 day travel (12th day boarding the plane) will be dedicated to my photography business, focusing on subject matters such as Cathedrals, old libraries, Gothic architecture, pretty landscapes, old charm homes/cottages and hopefully, a few small towns. My hope is to find B & B's/hotels in some of the towns of the Cathedrals I really want to go to so if needed, my husband can walk around with our son in the town squares or even bring him back to the hotel/b&b for naps when needed. My husband is being extremely generous with his time dedicated to our son for this trip because he knows what a "once in a lifetime" opportunity this is for my photography business so he perfectly fine with and aware that I will be off on my own, from time to time to get my shots (I tell him everyday how much I know how fortunate I am to be his wife ;). Here are some of the places I've done some research on when it comes to the Cathedrals or amazing "captures" I'd love to get for my photography. I know I can't do everything but was hoping for some realistic advice when it comes to distance, and what I can really do in a day when it comes to visiting hours for cathedrals and not wanting to drive much at all during dark hours. Thank you for any help/advice you can offer. P.S..I love reality checks...they keep me grounded ;)

We will be leaving from Oxford to start our 11 day vacation:

Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire UK
possibly Cambridge University for the old libraries and churches
Salisbury Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
Castle Combe, United Kingdom (other small towns?)
Tintern Abbey
Margam castle (wales)

Places I don't want to miss are Gloucester Cathedral and Ely Cathedral. We have no desire to stay in London since we've been there before. I would LOVE to spend time in and around York but realized I must narrow down my options. We have not purchased our plane tickets yet. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

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