We took a 2 week vacation to Great Britain at the end of July 2009. For the first week we went on a guided Cosmos British Panarama bus tour (through vacations to go.com), and then we stayed an extra week in London in a flat owned by Carl & Liz Risberg. We have 3 girls ages 15,17, and 19. The tour worked well because we had a triple room for them (cheaper than a double). We stayed in a different hotel almost every night, so that got a little old repacking all the time. But it was a great way to see a litlle bit of everything as well at the countryside. Our guide, Hugh, was very informative and entertaining. We didn't get to stay long at any one place, but we got an idea of what we might want to see again. The excursions were a little expensive, but you didn't have to do them. Staying at a flat was good because we were able to buy food from the grocery store and save money by eating in. Overall, prices in London weren't that much more than the US, but when you added in the horrible exchange rate $1.65 per pound, it really made it more expensive. I bought London passes with the 7 day travel card option, and for our family it was great. There was no way to see all that it included, but it was nice having so many admission fees included. And the travel card was well worth it. We took the tube and buses a lot and it included the train to Windsor castle. The girls got tired of being on the go constantly as I tried to fit in as much as possible. But they loved the main sites and London in general, although we all thought it was a little crowded and fast paced. I think we all liked the English countryside and Scotland a little more than London itself. It was just a little more relaxed and pleasant. We loved the cool weather, and even though it rained off and on, it wasn't enough to spoil anything we did. It was actually a nice change, coming from the dry, 100 degree weather of west Texas. We really enjoyed the Tower of London and we lucked out in that the Buckingham Palace tours started two days before we left (they give them for only a month or two out of the year). Overall it was a great trip. We were definitely tired and ready to get back home, but with airfare so high and us being a family of 5, I really felt like we needed to stay for at least two weeks to get our money's worth. I'd like to go back and see Ireland and maybe more of Scotland and maybe more of Wales and the English countryside around the Lake District someday.