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Attractions near London Heathrow

If you find yourself with a prolonged layover period when passing through London’s Heathrow Airport and want to venture outside of the terminals to see something of London then there are a number of options open to you.  Unless you have in excess of 5-6 hours we wouldn’t suggest venturing into Central London as simply getting through security and then travelling through London will eat into much of your exploration time but there are plenty of attractions close to the airport itself which will offer some respite from the confines of the airport, the chance for some fresh air and the opportunity to see some of the historical and cultural landmarks which make up the capital city of the United Kingdom.

We have put together a varied selection of options as we appreciate that not everybody has the same tastes or enjoys the same things so we hope that if you have a stopover at Heathrow and are looking for a way to occupy your time that there will be something included in this list which suits you and your travelling companions:-

World Rugby Museum

London Motor Museum

A real must for any car fans, the London Motor Museum is situated just 5 minutes from Heathrow Airport.  The Museum is home to one of the largest collections of classic and custom-built automobiles in the whole of Europe including 200 of the ‘finest’ collectible cars such as 1937 Auburn Speedster and a customised 1937 Lincoln Zephyr.  As well as the collectible cars there are also a number of unique exhibitions such as The Bat Cave which is home to the Bat Mobile used in the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton.  The Museum is open everyday between 10am and 6pm and there is a burger restaurant and a coffee shop on the premises as well.

World Rugby Museum & Stadium Tour

The World Rugby Museum is located in the East Stand of Twickenham stadium which is just 6 miles from London Heathrow.  It is home to over 25,000 pieces of rugby related memorabilia as well as regularly hosting special exhibitions.  As well as discovering more about the history of rugby and promoting the importance of the game in both the past and present day there is also the opportunity tour the stadium grounds during your visit as well and walk where many well known and renowned rugby players have walked before some very important games.  The Museum is closed on Mondays but open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.  Stadium tour times vary so we would advise you check online before you visit if this is something you are interested in.

Windsor Castle

If you want to inject a touch of culture and heritage to your venture outside of Heathrow Airport then you can’t go wrong with a visit to Windsor Castle.   This royal castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and has been the home of British royalty for more than 1,000 years.  There is plenty to see and do at the Castle; it could well take you a full day to explore the castle and the surrounding grounds but it is very close to the airport so getting back in time for your flight shouldn’t be an issue.  If you had booked a flight for the following day then we would suggest booking overnight accommodation near to the airport.  There are plenty of great choices including the BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow.  Staying in one of the hotels near to the airport would allow you to spend the day at Windsor and then return for a good night’s rest before continuing your journey the following day.  If you haven’t much time to spend at the castle then highlights include the State Apartments, Changing the Guard and St George’s Chapel.

Hounslow Urban Farm

This is a great option if you are travelling with younger children and want to let them burn off some steam in between flight connections.  Hounslow Urban Farm cover 29 acres making it one of London’s largest community farms.  It is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Sunday and allows you to get up close and personal with some well known animals including chickens, guinea pigs, and many more.  There are also a number of other fun activities on offer including pony riding.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is most well known for being the home of the infamous King Henry VIII and if you only visit for that fact alone you won’t be left disappointed.  However there are plenty of other great things about the Palace including The Chapel Royal, the Palace Gardens and the most famous maze in the world.  Spend a few hours here and pick from some of the many highlights or spend the whole day; the choice is yours.

If you have more time to spare then there are a number of theme parks in the local area as well.  Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor are both situated close to Heathrow Airport so if you wanted to extend the time between your connecting flights, or were looking to have a day or two’s rest then you would still find plenty to keep you occupied without having to venture in Central London.  Of course, there is nothing to compare to the iconic landmarks and historically significant buildings which can be found in the heart of London so if you had enough time to include a visit to some of these, particularly if you’ve never visited London before then you really must.  The Tower of London, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Westminster Cathedral are just some of London’s famous attractions which are well worth making the time to visit if possible.

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