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Dec 11th, 2008, 02:55 PM
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hi teach,

sorry to say i think you're gponig to have to prune your itinerary a bit, specifically the Bath/cotswolds/lake district bit.

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<<Then on day 8 head out to Heathrow to collect you car. See Windsor that morning since it is only 7 miles from LHR.

After Windsor drive over to Bath and spend that afternoon and the next morning. Leave after lunch time and head up into the Cotswolds for at least 2 nights - 3 would be better.

Then early AM head north to the Lakes for one night. You'd could be there before lunch time and have that day and the next 1/2 a day before driving north to Scotland.>>

first of all, I don't know how you could possibly get to Heathrow, collect your car, see windsor, drive to Bath, AND spend the afternoon there- all in one day.

you might get to Bath in time for dinner.

AFter you've spend 2 nights there, i agree that it won't take you long to get to the Cotswolds, BUT from the Cotswolds to the Lakes is going to take you longer than a morning - unless all the lorries in Northern England take the same morning off!

Frankly, I'd forget about the lakes entirely, [your itinerary puts you there at the end of the may half-term school holiday which is a BAD idea] and either get a flight/train from Brimingham to Edinburgh, or from the Cotswolds, go west to shropshire [fabulous untouristy county] the Wye valley [ditto] or southwest, to Devon or Cornwall. [which personally I favour, but then i would, wouldn't I?]

at the end of your trip, you could get the train back to Reading and pick up a bus back to Heathrow from there.

I agree that while you are in London, it makes sense to do things that are IN London.

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Dec 11th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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"first of all, I don't know how you could possibly get to Heathrow, collect your car, see windsor, drive to Bath, AND spend the afternoon there- all in one day."

Not ideal of course - but I've done exactly that myself once when it was the only option.

Pick up car at 0800-0830. be in Windsor by 0900. Get a bite to eat. Castle opens at 0945. Tour Castle precincts until around 1230-ish. Hop in the car and head out the M4 arriving in Bath by 1500. The Roman Baths close at 1800 (last entry at 1700).

See the Baths/Pump room that afternoon, evensong in the Abbey, and then have 3 - 5 hours the next day to explore more of Bath.

So as I said not ideal - but most definitely doable.
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Dec 11th, 2008, 05:54 PM
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We just came back from London, Paris and Edinburgh. We stayed three nights in London, took the Easy Jet to Edinburgh, quick and cheap, saved time vs train. Then rented a car in Edinburgh, stayed at Dalhousie Castle, saw Rossyln Chapel and Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castlle. Then caught Easy Jet to
Bristol, rented a car, spent a few hours at Bath, stayed at Thornbury Castle one night, drove through the Cotswolds, stayed at the Mary Arden inn at Stratford Upon Avon, then drove to London, took Eurostar to Paris stayed for a week in an apartment , had a great time. I would use Easy Jet to save time and would skip the Lake District for another trip.
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Dec 12th, 2008, 03:32 AM
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<<"first of all, I don't know how you could possibly get to Heathrow, collect your car, see windsor, drive to Bath, AND spend the afternoon there- all in one day."

Not ideal of course - but I've done exactly that myself once when it was the only option.>>

respect, janisj.

we all do daft things on holiday once in a while, don't we?

[only kidding]

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Dec 12th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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annhig: "we all do daft things on holiday once in a while, don't we?"

Oh - ain't THAT the truth. Believe me, it wasn't my choice. But my friend had a VERY limited time in England (I was staying much longer) and those were on her "must see" list and I made it happen

It actually wasn't as daft as it sounds since we were there in June w/ tons of daylight so was easy to explore the Cotswold countryside late into the day.

Windsor, 2 half days in Bath, a little less than 1.5 days in the Cotswolds and back to LHR for her . . . . . .

She got to quite a lot.
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Dec 13th, 2008, 06:01 AM
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If you're going to Stratford, drop the London play and go to the RSC.
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Dec 13th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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Here I was wondering why they were doing only one play in London, and sheila r. says skip even that for one in Stratford. If it's only one play, I'd go to the Globe Theatre in London for a real Shakespearean experience. But I didn't much enjoy my one visit to Stratford nor the play we saw there. Well, the play was fine(;-), but we had cheap seats which were cramped and uncomfortable.
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Dec 13th, 2008, 10:25 AM
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The main theatre in Stratford is closed for major renovations.
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Dec 14th, 2008, 08:02 AM
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Indeed, but I would watch the RSc doing the hoovering, rather than go to the plastic Globe.
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Dec 14th, 2008, 08:43 AM
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I'm an avid Shakespeare aficionado.

Yet in our five separate 3-week vacations in England, I've avoided Stratford-upon-Avon. Several times we were with in a few miles of it.

I resisted the temptation - not wanting to spoil the image in my mind of that Elizabethan era.
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Dec 14th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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I first went to the RSC when I was 11, and saw David Warner in Hamlet. I have been many times since. Nothing touches it for Shakespeare. The fact it's Shakespeare's birthplace is unimportant. It's the quality of the company that's key.
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Dec 14th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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The reason we are probably going to do only 1 play in London is because both my daughter and my sister live in NYC. I am fortunate that I do get to see plays there.

When I think of this trip, I find myself wanting to spend more time in London whick is why we haven't been to the countryside. We love the city!!!

Can't wait!
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Dec 14th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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dont avoid Stratford its lovely.
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Dec 14th, 2008, 11:48 AM
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I've been to Stratford oodles of times - everything from the entire Henry trilogy on the same day (a very loooooong day but one of the theatre highlights of my life) to Sam West in Hamlet. I was sitting in the front row next to a platform that stretched out into the stalls and he actually brushed my shoulder while sitting in the dark waiting for his entrance. Be still my heart!!

I'd definitely try to go there even w/ the main stage closed - but it won't be the same "event" as being in the big theatre. Going to the Globe is fine - the level of performance is really quite good, but it is more the "experience" of see plays as, and near where, they were originally presented.
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