With so many things to do just a short journey away, a cheap hotel near Stansted Airport can be an ideal base for a great day out. Here are some of the hidden gems you can discover.
With a topped up Oyster Card, you can easily catch a few sights in the centre of London, providing you avoid the rush hour.
Get a unique perspective on the city with a ride on the London Eye, at 135 metres high you’ve a panoramic view of the streets of London on a clear day.
Just down the River Thames is the Tower of London, a castle and defensive wall, built in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest. Let Beefeaters and ravens guide you round the castle’s many wonders, including the breath-taking Crown Jewels on display.
Mountfitchet Castle is a fantastic interactive museum that allows you to experience a medieval castle and Norman village, recreated on their original site. Explore castle walls and houses, whilst church bells and log fires contribute to the overall ambience.
Just next to the castle is The House on the Hill Toy Museum, with one of the largest collections of old toys in the world. There’s something for all the family to enjoy, with toys from recent memory and right back to the Victorian era, including train sets, tin soldiers, and Action Man and Star Wars figures.
There’s some beautiful surrounding countryside, here, allowing you to enjoy many attractions just a short journey from hotels near Stansted Airport.
Audley End House, run by English Heritage, is a 17th century country house that’s perfect for a day trip. The residence of Charles II for a short time, the house has wonderfully lavish rooms, including a great hall, state bedroom, and library, as well as a beautiful garden.
Whether you need to pick up some last minute items for a flight, or just have some time to browse the shops, there are lots of opportunities here. Stansted Airport has useful stores, such as Boots, WHSmith, and The Body Shop, as well as places to grab a bite to eat, like YamYamToGo and Gourmet Hotdog.
The nearby Freeport Braintree shopping centre has over eighty-five stores, including GAP, Ted Baker, and other famous brands. There’s also a Pizza Express and Burger King if you need to refuel before heading back to your hotel near Stansted Airport.