Just suggestions to look into:
Manchester: to look into football (soccer), there is the Nationa Footballl Museum and a couple of big football stadiums that you can visit.
I’d travel by train, rather than rentalEdited: 09 May 2018, 08:34
THAnk you! Will do.
The train from London would probably be much more pleasant - you can read, have some wifi, relax, etc. The traffic can be 'challenging' at times, Friday afternoons particularly come to mind - it's a long way and not particularly scenic and the off-motorway roads are much, much slower. Very scenic areas along the way - Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District...
If you want to add in more stops, it becomes more debateable, depending on how rural/how far from the main north-south rail routes they are.
As well as York, Durham is rightly popular and is right on the route. Alnwick is easy to reach by bus from Alnmouth station. Lincoln requires a change of trains, but is well worth the detour and an overnight stop. Same story for Stamford - much smaller town and very different character, but a lovely place to visit.
So there are many, many options.Edited: 10 May 2018, 06:36
Check all times and fares at www.nationalrail.co.uk. You can usually see the cheapest fares at 10-12 weeks before travel (if you look at fares for tomorrow they will be very expensive for long trips - same as airlines).
Thanks! It will be especially challenging driving on the opposite of the road for us!
Great advice! Thanks so much!
It really depends on how much time you have for all this. Also bear in mind that you won't need (or want) a car whilst you are in Edinburgh itself, although you might want to hire one if you are touring Scotland - then again, you might not as there are very scenic bus and train rides.