There are 2 ways to do this, firstly independently, arranging your own coach/train travel and entrances, or secondly partaking in an organised day trip. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and you should think carefully about which one is right for you. If you are going to organise the trip independently then always check planned engineering works on the trains. National Rail love to spring surprises on you, and often arrange track work at the weekend, meaning that you might have to get a rail replacement bus service part of the way, which adds a lot of time onto your journey.
The main advantage of travelling independently is that you can chose your own times, but if you are spending 4 hours each way because of having to change trains and buses, you might be better off taking an organised trip. You should also plan your trip as far in advance as possible in order to obtain the best train or coach fares. National Express sometimes offer special rates for as little as £10.00 one way for certain routes. There are also some good discounted train ticket sites too including The Trainline and Red Spotted Hanky Often if you travel in a group you can purchase Group Save tickets which are 4 for the price of 2 on off peak trains.
Bear in mind the cost of the entrances as well. Some organised trips, although not all, include all entrances and travel, as well as a guide, which might work out cheaper in the long run. Finally, remember to see how far away your destination is from the train/coach station. As an example, if you are visiting Stonehenge you will need to get to Sailsbury and then get a bus out there, which is not necessarily the most practical of options! For some people organised trips are a better option.
You normally travel by coach, and have some kind of escort included. The main advantage is that everything is done for you. All you have to do is turn up, get on the coach and the rest is sorted for you. Always remember to check what is included in your trip though. Some companies don’t include any of the entrances, and add gratuities to the prices, and it can all add up. You can also do weekend trips that include accommodation.
Many, if not all of our students want to travel over to the Continent at some point during their stay in the UK. There are a number of different methods of transport that you can use to get over to the Continent. AES work closely with International Friends who offer a wide variety of day and weekend trips including ones to Paris.
Trips can also be a good way to meet people. You will find a lot of other students like yourself on the trips. Whether you are travelling independently, or want to arrange an organised trip then please come and see Stephanie in the Internship Office or email. We can offer assistance, tourist information and useful websites. You can book a number of day trips through International Friends and by using the code ANGLO05 you will get a £5.00 discount on the rates online.