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Cotswould to Bath

kuala lumpur
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Cotswould to Bath

Hi guys, am thinking of doing the following trip, plse advise if it makes sense:-

Chipping Camden ( 2 nights), from there not sure where to spend another night on route to London. Am thinking of Bath (stay for one night) , where we can drop off our rental vehicle and take the train back to London or should we skip Bath and spend the nite in Oxford instead and take the train from there to London.

Many Thanks

Budapest, Hungary
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1. Re: Cotswould to Bath

First question, where are you hiring the car from ? there may be a (large) extra payment if you don't return it to the pickup point.

Bath knocks the spots off Oxford.

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2. Re: Cotswould to Bath


When we went to the Cotswolds, we also went up to Stratford upon Avon, and then dropped our rental car off right next to Oxford Train Station. and took the train to London. We really loved Oxford as well as the Cotswolds.

We took a separate trip by train to Bath. We hired a car there too but spent several days exploring down as far as Devon. It worked well.

If you didn't have enough time perhaps on this trip just stick to the Cotswolds and Oxford.

Edited: 10 years ago
kuala lumpur
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3. Re: Cotswould to Bath

Thanks guys for the feedback. I guess that's exactly what i have to do, to take off Bath from my list and save it for my next trip. We will be landing in Birmingham and intend to rent the car from the airport itself and drop it off either at Oxford or Moreton Marsh. Having difficulty finalising my travel plan to cotswould so need to finalise the same soon. So many villages to go and see...choosing is the ytoughest part:)

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4. Re: Cotswould to Bath

If you can stay at the Lygon Arms in Chipping Camden it is just the best. On the outskirts is the most photographed house in the Cotswolds when you see it you will know why. Eat the Red Lion too a great pub ! enjoy. We are spending 7 days in Bath in August/Septmeber can't wait

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5. Re: Cotswould to Bath


I can see you may have already decided against Bath for this visit, but just to add, Bath is beautiful, but in my opinion a nightmare to drive both into, and around, parking is also a problem, best leave it to the train!

Oxford is a little more car friendly, but be sure to take the open top bus tour, which allows you to see the best of the sites.

Whilst in Chipping, be sure to try to take in more of the Cotswolds, Bourton on the Water, Stowe, Broadway, and my favourite, Burford - can recommend the Carvery at The Cotswold Gateway hotel at the top of the road there.

Have fun!

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6. Re: Cotswould to Bath

go to Bath dont take the car though

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