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Travel Options in SouthWest England

Schuylerville, New...
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Travel Options in SouthWest England

We are flying into London end of May, 2016. Spending ~4 days sightseeing in town, after which we want to see some sights outside of London. We are interested in seeing: Brighton, Salisbury Cathedral; Stonehenge; Bath, Oxford, Warwick Castle & Cambridge. (not sure if Oxford and Cambridge would be redundant?) On a map, it sort of looks like a big circle around the perimeter of London. I think we would prefer NOT TO drive (other side of the street, etc.) so I am wondering if we can do mass transit to get from one place to the next, or should we stay in London and take tours out and back each day? Or some combination? We will probably have 6 days to do this.

Cheltenham, United...
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1. Re: Travel Options in SouthWest England

Transport services in England tend to radiate from a centre, or North-South, so the big circle around London would be badly served. You could stay in London and take day trips for all your destinations, or perhaps have a few days in Bath or Salisbury to visit them & Stonehenge, and similarly for Oxford and Warwick (Stratford-upon-Avon not mentioned but adjacent to Warwick). Oxford + Cambridge has redundancy, but there are good connections between them on National Express coach services, making a day trip to Cambridge possible. Cambridge is also a day trip from London, as is Brighton.

Devizes, United...
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2. Re: Travel Options in SouthWest England

Hi there

Rather than be too-ing and fro-ing in and out of London for six days, I too would politely suggest you head west on the train and make base in either Bath or Salisbury for a couple of days, both of which are lovely, historic cities with 50 times less bustle than London. Both are within easy reach of Stonehenge and if you chose Salisbury, I'm pretty sure there's a tour there that takes in Avebury as well, on the same trip as Stonehenge.

Portsmouth, United...
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3. Re: Travel Options in SouthWest England

There are two geographical main areas here. One, as mentioned would be to stay in Salisbury, from which there are daily trips to Stonehenge. Also it is a direct train, no more than an hour, from Salisbury to Bath. The other grouping would be to stay in Oxford, from where it's not too far to Warwick, plus if added in, Stratford Upon Avon. Realistically this then leaves Brighton and Cambridge for maybe a later visit

Wales, United...
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4. Re: Travel Options in SouthWest England

Yes, Bath and Stonehenge can be done pretty easily from Salisbury, while staying in Oxford would allow you get to Warwick and Stratford, as well as the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace if they were of interest to you.

Brighton is relatively simple as a day trip from London.

Wiltshire, England
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5. Re: Travel Options in SouthWest England

Cambridge is also a fast and cheap journey from London. I've been to both Brighton and Cambridge recently and both are worth a day visit.

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