MCC Britain Study Abroad

Mesa Community College's Study Abroad program in Nottingham, England

Travel Tips

Hi there everyone. This page is for travel advice, tips, and events. For some practical information, check out Rick Steve's website: Last year, as the trip date approached, he had a great deal on BritRail passes; buy a 4 day pass, get a day free. A Britrail Pass is a wonderful thing to have. On those days you have free--most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays--you might want to travel. A non consecquetive pass allows you some freedom to hop on a train and travel around. You can check out prices on Rick Steve's site; and a BritRail pass gets you a discount on the Eurostar, the train to Paris. I can help you choose the pass that is right for you.


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Comment by Trish Alger on June 2, 2012 at 10:27am

I found the best FREE app from Rick Steves.  In the app store search for Rick Steves and choose the Audio Europe.  You can create your own audio playlist for England, Scotland, and Paris (plus more than we will see).

I have been listening to the great interviews and tour info on my IPod while at work.  Great insight and even two audio tracks are with Bill Bryson (the author Mary has us reading in our HUM class).

Can't beat FREE...and you will have a great overview before you even get there!



Comment by kysa murdock on March 10, 2010 at 9:54pm
what is the best thing to do about phones???
Comment by MaryEA on April 18, 2009 at 10:15pm
For rail enquiries around Britain, check out: You can get times and rates there. Sometimes there is more than one station in a city, so ask me if you get confused--there's a bunch in London.
Comment by Ralph Tonge on March 4, 2009 at 12:12am
Hotels in the UK have improved over the years and are mostly now of good standard - for a really funny picture of hotels in the UK in the 1970s, try watching an episode of Fawlty Towers - especially the episode titled "Waldorf Salad". Fawlty Towers was written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth, after John, Connie and the whole Monty Python team stayed in a hotel called Gleneagles in Devon, UK. The manager, Donald Sinclair was the basis for Basil Fawlty and in my opinion one of the greatest comedy series of all time...
Hope to see some of you in the summer
Comment by MaryEA on February 26, 2009 at 6:54pm
I found an article on the dirtiest hotels in the UK and France. I'm listing them here so no one makes a reservation at any of them:
* 1.Hotel Merryl, Paris, France
* 2.Hotel Bristol Republique, Paris, France
* 3.Hotel Lebron, Paris, France
* 4.Hotel Altona, Paris, France
* 5.Comfort Hotel Airport CDG, Roissy, France
* 6.Notre Dame Hotel, Paris, France
* 7.PV-Holidays Village Pierre & Vacances du Cap Esterel, Agay, France
* 8.Abotel Hibiscus, Paris, France
* 9.Plaza Opera Hotel, Paris, France
* 10.Hotel Saintonge, Paris, France

* 1.Cromwell Crown, London, England
* 2.Corbigoe Hotel, London, England
* 3.Nanford Guest House, Oxford, England
* 4.Cosmopolitan Hotel, Brighton, England
* 5.Eden Plaza Hotel, London, England
* 6.Hanover Hotel, London, England
* 7.Rose Court Hotel, London, England
* 8.Imperial Hotel, Manchester, England
* 9.Gresham Hotel Bloomsbury, London, England
* 10.Park Hotel, London, England
Always check out reviews of a hotel or hostel before you book. I will do my best to recommend places that I've stayed or that I've researched online (this doesn't guarantee that you won't get a bad room).

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