We are from NZ and are first time travellers to the UK which is the home of our ancestors.
My husband and I are planning a road trip around England, Wales, Scotland and Normandy in September and October this year. We will have 4 weeks to do this trip and our focus is on Medieval Castles,Townships, Abbys & Churches etc - particularly of our ancestors like William the Conqueror (Hence the inclusion of Normandy) and subsequent Plantagenet family monarchs (Henry I,II,II & Edward I). I also would like to spend a few days in Cornwall visiting the places where my grandfather grew up (Falmouth).
At the moment we are thinking of the following itinerary and I would love feedback/ ideas on this from you please:
-starting in Paris (for 3 days to catch our breath post long flight) catch a train to Rouen or Caen and hiring a car from there for 4 days then dropping the car off at Calais and ferrying over to Dover.
- Hire a car from Dover and drive up to Leeds castle, then down to Battle, Winchester, visit Arundel Castle. Stay overnight in one of these places.
-Move on to Cornwall and stay in Falmouth for 2 nights. Include a visit to St Michael's Mount.
After this we would travel north and this is where we are struggling with what would make sense. Some ideas are...
-Go to Wales to visit Chepstow Castle, Pembroke Castle and up to the north to Caernarfon Castle.
- Visit the Cotswolds and Bath and even York??.
- My husband would also like to visit Scotland and see some of the highlights there.
After Scotland I was thinking we would return to London by train and then spend around 3 days in visiting the sights there like the Tower, Windsor Castle etc.
Thanks anyone for your advice here. Appreciate we can't do or see everything in 4 weeks but we would like to make the most of it.
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