One day trip I really enjoyed was to Oxford with a trip out to Blenheim Palace. the Palace is really amazing, and the gardens would be beautiful in May. It is easily accessible by bus from Oxford. On the other hand, Bath is a wonderful day trip with lots to see and do. If you're really set on seeing Stonehenge, which I do think is worth it, I would suggest taking a train to Salisbury, see the cathedral, rent a car, and drive around to sites in the country. Avebury stone circle is less crowded than Stonehenge, and you are free to wander among the stones. Lacock is a really nice thatched roof village with an old abbey you can tour. Having a car is an added expense, but it really is the best way to enjoy the country... Choosing one itinerary to stick to is the hard part! over 7 years ago
Is it better to rent a car to get around the UK or take trains? Will be hitting London, Cardiff, Newcastle, Brighton. Two people traveling.
I think It would depend on wether you plan on staying within the cities or if you would like to visit places further out. Some of my fondest memories in England were days when I rented a car and drove around the country side visiting national trust sites. If that sort of thing doesn't interest you, then I would stick to train travel. almost 8 years ago
Arriving at a museum right when they open is always a good way of beating crowds. When I was in Rome the craziest museum was the whole Vatican experience. It's pretty difficult to avoid crowds there, and I would highly recommend booking a tour in advance in order to skip the line. If y are planning on visiting a lot of museums you may want to consider a Roma Pass (romapass.it) this will allow you to skip the line at the first two sites you visit, as well as the line at the colosseum. almost 8 years ago