My sister and I are traveling to England and will have six full days there. We arrive at 6:30am at LHR on Sunday, July 3rd. We will then be departing for Paris taking the train from London on Saturday, July 9th. We are big Harry Potter fans and also love Pride and Prejudice. Our family is from Cornwall (and I'm in love with Poldark) so we had hoped to visit there as we love the scenery especially the cliffs, but it looks like it is going to be very hard to fit that in. We know we would like to see Bath, Stonehenge, Harry Potter Studios, at least one quaint, English town, and Stourhead gardens. We would also love to see beautiful countryside and cliffs to make up for having to skip Cornwall. We're also debating whether it would be best to first do London for two days or do that at the end of the trip since we will have to depart from London to Paris. We are trying to minimize the amount of back and forth traveling while obviously making the most of our trip. Our current thought is this:
Sunday: Arrive in Heathrow, take the train/coach to Bath. Explore Bath for the day visiting the pump room, Jane Austen Center, the Roman baths, and the assembly rooms. Overnight in bath.
Monday: Rent a car and drive to Stonehenge with lunch in Salisbury and visiting Stourhead gardens in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Bath. (I've heard parking is terrible in Bath, perhaps we should stay outside of town or stay in a different place for the evening?
Tuesday and Wednesday we're not sure about. Our thought was to keep our rental car and drive up through the Cotswolds perhaps visiting Sudelely castle as that looks like a beautiful spot. We also thought about instead heading towards Dover and visiting the cliffs there, or trying to do Cornwall for those two days. I realize that driving in England is very different than driving in the U.S. and I would not like to spend the entire time in the car so we're just trying to figure out the best places to visit in the surrounding area of Bath.
Thursday we were thinking we would drop off our rental car likely at one of the airports in the morning and then take the tube in to London, spending the entire day in London.
Friday we would visit Harry Potter studios in the morning and spend our remaining time in London.
Saturday morning we would leave for Paris.
Thank you in advance for all help and suggestions! I've been reading guide books and researching like crazy but would love input from you guys as well!