You don't need a car in the UK; the National Rail system can get you almost a lot of places you could want to go, but once you're off the train, it's a different story. In developed areas, there are buses, but it helps to study the schedule ahead of time. Expect to do a fair amount of walking.
A downside to public transport is that you can be stranded if you miss the last bus/train for the night.
Consider Dover and York as possible destinations. Castle Dover overlooks the White Cliffs, and York still has its medieval walls and a 1st rate cathedral. You can also take the ferry across the channel and back to see the cliffs from the ocean.
Take a boat from Westminster Embankment to Greenwich, and go to the Royal Observatory. Learn about the development of keeping time at sea (e.g. Longitude).
Go to Bath, and see the Roman ruins there. Afterwards, have a drink of water in the tea room from the spa.
For literary angles, Stratford Upon Avon is Shakespeare's home, and there's a Dickens home in London itself. The Sherlock Holmes house at 221 B Baker St was a letdown for me, personally. The Cathedral in Canterbury was the inspiration for the pilgrimage of "Canterbury Tales."
That's all I can think of for now. I've had the privilege of going to the UK many times, so I can't recommend the idea enough!
OpenStreetMaps isn't quite up to the task, yet, but I give it a first shot at mapping needs wherever possible.
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