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Top 7 reasons to make Heathrow your base

Want to discover Greater London and its top things to do? Make Heathrow your base and be within 30 minutes of these 7 awesome attractions.

When you think of Heathrow you may only associate it as a place of transit or a simple airport you have to navigate before getting to London and the surrounding areas. But what you might not know is that Heathrow is the perfect base for a holiday geared around discovering the area. We compiled the top 7 attractions within a 30 minute radius of the airport to give you an idea of what is on offer. So what are you waiting for? Grab a comfy room at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow and be right in the centre of it all.

 

1. Windsor Castle

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© Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Distance: 8 miles, 15 minute drive

The number one attraction in Windsor, just a few minutes to the west is the absolutely astonishing Windsor Castle. Being the oldest and largest castle that is still inhabited in the world, this gem is kept in perfect condition and has been for over 1,000 years. Despite the war and a fire ravaging through the chapel and rooms, destroying about one fifth the grounds still look right out of a childhood fantasy novel. You may not know that this is in fact the official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is why it is still a working palace.

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Locking in a huge courtyard, the building is sprawling, covering over 52,000 square metres. Inside you will be able to discover the state apartments, Queen Mary’s Doll’ House, St. George’s Chapel and more. We recommend you grab one of the free multimedia tour devices in the courtyard to take you around and explain what you are seeing in more detail. You can also pick up a family guide that is tailored to children and will keep them interested from beginning to end.

Did you know?

The Queen eats like royalty! She has 33 kitchen staff, 20 chefs, 3 pastry chefs and 10 porters.

 

2. Legoland® Windsor Resort

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© LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

Distance: 10 miles, 14 minute drive

If you are looking for the ultimate family holiday and have kids under 12, then you are in luck when landing at Heathrow. Just 15 minutes away is a ginormous LEGOLAND® resort filled with rides, awesome sights and fun activities. As the park is so expansive, you will probably need more than one day to see it all and if you avoid peak times you will be able to enjoy more of the rides.

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© LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

We recommend you grab a ticket with entrance and lunch included, as you will spend at least the whole day there. It will make your day less expensive, unless you plan on packing lunch and picnicking in the park. Some of the highlights are the Miniland, the Star Wars™ Model and Display Gallery and Loki’s Labyrinth. There is even an entire DUPLO area for smaller children.

Did you know?

The Death Star in the Star Wars™ display is made of 500,000 bricks and weighs 860kg.

 

3. Wimbledon

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Distance: 21 miles, 31 minute drive

Tennis fans are also well situated when coming from Heathrow, as the famous Wimbledon Tennis Club is just a half hour away eastwards. If tennis is big in your household, then come and explore the museum and learn about the history and traditions of the sport. Clothes and equipment are donated by famous athletes, so you will get to see some items belonging to your favourite players too.

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If you are lucky enough to have tickets to a match or are going to chance ‘The Queue’ for next year’s draws then you have a great day of sport ahead of you. But you don’t have to attend a match in order to love visiting the grounds. On a guided tour you will see the inside of the stadium, walk onto Centre Court and head into the interview areas.

Did you know?

Wimbledon Championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is the only major played on grass.

 

4. Windsor Fudge Kitchen

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© Fudge Kitchen

Distance: 7 miles, 14 minute drive

Tucked into the beautiful town of Windsor is a small shop that will have you dreaming of candy land. Jim Garrahy’s Fudge Kitchen is a must stop especially for those heading to the castle. Let your taste buds go wild with Caramel Swirls, Double Trouble Chocolate, Icy Vanilla Coconut and many more. Pack a couple of pieces to take with you on a picnic at the castle or save some for the trip home. They also sell liquid fudge that you can add to pancakes, ice cream and even popcorn, or dip your strawberries into.

 

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© Fudge Kitchen

Filling your pockets with delicious treats is not the only thing you can do here though. If you are a chef or are interested in the sweet side of the kitchen, then why not join a fudge making session? Get a group or do it as a couple and create your own under the guidance of an expert.

Did you know?

Fudge was discovered while trying to make toffee, hence why the word ‘fudge’ is also used for making a mistake.

 

5. Twickenham Stadium

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© England Rugby / Twickenham Stadium

Distance: 7 miles, 18 minute drive

The second largest stadium in the UK and fourth largest in Europe is the famous Twickenham Stadium, known as the home of England Rugby. Although the venue is also used for musical performances, such as those by Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and U2, it is mostly reserved for sport. For the ultimate experience, grab yourself some tickets to a match and just soak it all in. we also recommend fans take the stadium tour to get a behind the scenes look.

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Checking out the stadium is a must, but so is paying a visit to the World Rugby Museum. Inside you will find all things rugby, from historical uniforms to interactive displays teaching you more about the sport. Read some cool stories from the players and maybe even test your scrum skills! Entrance to the museum is included in a stadium tour ticket, so why not do them both?

Did you know?

Originally no points were given for a try, but allowed the team to ‘try’ to kick a goal, hence the name.

 

6. Theatre Royal Windsor

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© Theatre Royal Windsor

Distance: 7 miles, 14 minute drive

If you are looking for a lovely evening out then head to the quaint little Theatre Royal Windsor sitting in the shadows of castle hill. The theatre holds performances year round with excellent actors bringing the stage to life time and time again.

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Up and coming on the programme are the two shows ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Panto Jack and the Beanstalk’. From August 31 to September 3, you can catch the famous Stephen King story about an imprisoned banker and Jack, giants and golden eggs will take to the stage from November 30 until January 8. If you enjoy being entertained by singing, dance and acting, then you will love a trip to this theatre royal.

Did you know?

The story of Jack and the Beanstalk is said to be over 5,000 years old and even gets referenced in one of William Shakespeare’s plays called King Lear.

 

7. The home of Big Ben

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Distance: 20 miles, 15 minutes with Heathrow Express

A trip into London is surely in the books when staying at Heathrow and with such easy access to the city, there is no reason not to head in and spend and day. The Heathrow Express will get you there in around 15 minutes from terminals 1-3 and about 20 minutes from terminals 4 and 5.

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Let the capital awe you over and over with its stunning palaces, diverse culture, timeless attractions and general flow of life. London is set to impress. Grab some pics of you in an iconic red telephone booth if it is your first time, or head to Oxford Street for some top shopping. If travelling with children check out our Guide to visiting London with teenagers, or take a difference approach with our Live it up like the locals guide.

Did you know?

Big Ben is not actually the clock tower but the bell inside, which is over 150 years old.

So there you have it! 7 top attractions to catch when making Heathrow your base. If you are just at the airport on a stopover you can still enjoy these awesome things to see and do by hiring out a car or taking a bus or train from the hotel.

Top image © IR Stone / Shutterstock.com

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