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Traveling in Ireland and England/Cotswolds by rail


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My sister and I will be traveling in Ireland (8days) and then flying from Shannon to London (4days) and then spending 4 days in the Cotswolds. Total 16 days.
Our plan:
Flying into Shannon and then taking train upon arrival to Killarney . (4 nights) take day tours)
Train to Galway (4nights) take day tours
Fly from Galway to London
Spend time in London and 4 days in Cotswolds
Does this sound doable by public transportation and where would you recommend we make our home base in the Cotswolds for good public transportation to villages. I understand that traveling in the Cotswolds without a car is difficult; but that will not change.
Thank you in advance for any help. I’d really appreciate any recommendations for lodging in Cotswolds as well, or for any suggestions from must do’s to restaurants.


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The train from London goes to Oxford and then on to Moreton in Marsh. This would be a good base. You can bus to Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stow on the Wold, Burford.

Stay in Moreton, not in a nearby village. Friends of mine stayed in a village that was listed as being in Moreton but was 15 minutes away by car with no bus service. Moreton is a pretty town, small and surrounded by countryside.

If you want to splurge on a private day tour driving around the area, there are many car services that do this. I’ve met Tim Harrison and friends have used him. Highly recommended. https://www.tourthecotswolds.co.uk/

The only other places on a Trainline are Stroud in the southern Cotswolds and Cheltenham on the western edge. This is a different Trainline and does not connect to Moreton.

For accommodation are you looking at vacation rentals or B&B or hotel?

I wrote a page about the Cotswolds:


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