If you find yourself staying at a hotel near London Stansted Airport, you’ll be pleased to know there are a variety of things to do nearby that will help make your stay more adventurous and fun. Here are some area attractions to explore:
Mountfitchet CastleDistance from Manchester Airport: 8.4km
Take a giant step back in time at this magnificent outdoor museum located just 15 minutes from the airport. You will travel back to the medieval 1060’s, have a chance to stand in a place of history, a place where William the Conqueror build the wooden Motte and Bailey castle, and experience what life was like before cars, phones, televisions and computers were even figments of imagination. The place overlooks the Stort Valley and offers stunning, breathtaking views. You can even pet some of the animals that wander around the Castle, perhaps as rapt as you are by their surroundings!
House on a Hill Toy MuseumDistance from Manchester Airport: 8.4km
This awe-inspiring maze of over 70,000 toys, offered as part of the Castle tour, is one kids of all ages can enjoy. Established in 1991, the museum displays an impressive collection of toys that its owner, Alan Goldsmith, gathered from around the world. You can see everything from simple wooden figures dating back to Roman times to trains, robots and other complex, technologically advanced toys that started to take over in the 1980s. You might feel a tug of nostalgia as you recognize toys from your own childhood. The museum also features a Rock n’ Roll section featuring concert posters, autographed guitars and life-sized replicas of music icons like Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Epping ForestDistance from Manchester Airport: 27.0km
This historical, beautiful and lush forest, about 20 minutes from the airport, is one the whole family can get lost in, hopefully not literally. Its roughly 12 miles and 6,000 acres of woodlands offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life where you can go for a walk, jog, ride a horse, ride a bike or otherwise enjoy a peaceful kinship with nature. There are four centers visitors can take advantage of, including Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge and the High Beach Visitor Centre, the latter of whose souvenir shops offer items made from the very wood in the forest.
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Imperial War Museum DuxfordDistance from Manchester Airport: 34.3km
Situated on the First and Second World War airfield, this museum features a grand display of war memorabilia, including military tanks, boats and over two hundred aircraft, covering land, water and air transportation, respectively. There are also numerous photographs, including portraits of Americans in Britain during World War II. One of the museum’s numerous exhibits is the Historic Duxford exhibit that takes you back to 1918 to 1961, the time during which Duxford was a Royal Air Field. There are also interactive exhibits whose hand-on activities offer fun and exciting learning experiences.
Bishop’s Stortford Corn ExchangeDistance from Manchester Airport: 9.0km
Bishop’s Stortford is a charming little market town less than 20 minutes from the airport. It’s the ideal place to visit shops, pubs, and the eye-catching architectural wonder known as the Corn Exchange. It has stood there since 1828, when the place was as a hub of trade activity that served to boost to the local economy. Banks, local political offices and a cafe are among the current occupants of this once booming corn and grain exchange.