Rest of England

Bath, England

In 11 words: Georgian architecture, Roman baths – and Stonehenge is not too far away.
For your visit you need about a day to discover the town at a pleasantly unhurried pace; a trip to Stonehenge and/or Salisbury will require a separate day. (London-based tour companies offer a day-trip that covers Bath and Stonehenge in addition to the Windsor Castle, but as one might expect, you spend more time on the bus than doing the actual sightseeing, and that at a very brisk highlights-only pace.)
Distances are walkable in all cases.
Love its sandy-colored look.
Don’t miss: A moment of quiet relaxation in the Parade Gardens.
    
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Worthy attractions: Roman Baths (and you can brave drinking the waters at the on-site restaurant); The Royal Crescent and the house at No.1; Parade Gardens; Pulteney Bridge.
Left for another visit: Bath Abbey [did not tour inside]; Fashion Museum.
Nearby destinations: Stonehenge; Salisbury [did not visit]; Cheddar Gorge [did not visit]; Stourhead [did not visit]; Lacock.
Last visit: September 2007.

Parade Gardens

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Cotswolds, England

In 4 words: The quintessential English countryside.
For your first visit, two to three full days is the reasonable duration that will allow you to visit a number of interesting locations.
Worthy destinations: Bourton-on-the-Water; Stratford-upon-Avon; Hidcote Manor Garden; Broadway and its tower (located some distance away); Snowshill Manor.
Left for another visit: Moreton-in-Marsh; Blenheim Palace; Warwick Castle.
Last visit: March 2007.
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View from Broadway tower

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