Things to do near Stansted Airport

The UK's capital has many amazing opportunities to offer, and choosing the best spots to visit is a challenge. Here are some Stansted local attractions that you should try!

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London Pass

If you are coming to London for a visit and are on a mission to go and explore London attractions, museums and tours, purchasing The London Pass is a must!

With the pass you will gain free entry to over 80 hot spots in the capital city, plus it allows you to get Fast Track Entry to the attractions and gives you access to exclusive special offers, not available otherwise.

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You can also incorporate the London Travelcard into The London Pass, which will then entitle you to unlimited travel on all public transport in London. Other benefits include an excellent 160+ page guidebook packed with hints and amazing places not to miss in London.

Sound good? A full list of prices is available on their website to help you plan your trip!

Top Things to do Near Stansted Airport

london eye

London Eye

The London Eye has quickly become one of the most iconic attractions within the London City area. Standing as high as the massively impressive 135 meters, the London Eye is visible from almost the whole city and is also registered as the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel.
Contact: 0870 990 8881
Distance from Stansted Airport: 38 miles & 60 minutes by car

tower of london

Tower of London

The Tower of London is another worldwide famous attraction in London with great historic significance as well as being the home to the collection of stunning royal treasures, more commonly known as The Crown Jewels. The Tower of London is located on the north bank of the River Thames.
Contact: 033 3320 6000
Distance from Stansted Airport: 23.4 miles & 80 minutes by car

london zoo

London Zoo

Home to more than 750 different species of animals, featuring thousands of unique individual creatures within these collections, London Zoo is great fun for all the family. London Zoo is located along the northern side of Regent's Park and was opened way back in 1828. It is officially the world's oldest zoological park or garden.
Contact: 0344 225 1826
Distance from Stansted Airport: 37 miles & 53 minutes by car

attractions near heathrow airport - London Sealife Aquarium

London Sealife Aquarium

London Sealife Aquarium has many interesting sea animals on display throughout a variety of rooms and galleries. This will be the perfect day out with the family, perfect for both the adults and the children alike!
Contact: 01253 621258
Distance from Stansted Airport: 40 miles & 70 minutes by car

Museum of Harlow

The Museum of Harlow tells the story of Harlow from prehistoric times until the present day. It does this by using artefacts from various eras in the town's history - it is possible to touch some of these, and even try on costumes!
Contact: 01279 446222
Distance from Stansted Airport: 16 miles & 26 minutes by car

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Golden Tours offer an exciting range of tour packages in and around London and the UK. Popular tours include; Windsor Castle, Roman Baths, Stonehenge, The Walking Beatles Street Tour, Warner Bros. The Making of Harry Potter Tour. Another very popular package is 'The Total London Experience' which offers a very exciting agenda, including; Entry to St. Pauls Cathedral (Quire included) and the Tower of London.
Contact: 0303 123 7300
Distance from Stansted Airport: 40 miles & 70 minutes by car

Things to do near Stansted  - Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the famous Kensington Museums. Learn all about everything natural, from dinosaurs to humans and Darwinism to geology. This massive museum covers a huge range of natural areas using hands-on activities, fossils and lifelike displays.
Contact: 020 7942 5000
Distance from Stansted Airport: 42 miles & 1 hour 20 minutes by car

Things to do near Stansted  - Lakeside


When a touch of retail therapy is called for, why restrict yourself to the High Street? Lakeside shopping centre in Essex has over 250 shops, 12 restaurants and a Vue cinema. Apart from all this, Lakeside has thought of everything to make the shopping experience trouble-free, from a Shopmobility centre for those with mobility problems, to identity wristbands for those worried about losing their children.
Contact: 01708 869933
Distance from Stansted Airport: 35 miles & 44 minutes by car

Things to do near Stansted  - Cambridge


Best known for being home to one of the leading universities in the world, Cambridge makes an ideal place for a day out. Whether you fancy trying your hand at punting on the River Cam followed by afternoon tea at Grantchester, attending choral evensong at King's College Chapel or just wandering around the medieval streets and college grounds you will not be disappointed. There are plenty of interesting shops plus the prestigious Fitzwilliam Museum to keep visitors busy too.
Distance from Stansted Airport: 31 miles & 46 minutes by car

Things to do near Stansted  - Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

For anyone interested in aviation history this outpost of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, ten miles south of Cambridge, will make a great day out. It is Europe's premier aviation museum and also boasts a huge collection of tanks, other military vehicles and naval exhibits. For further information on what is on, including the famous Duxford air show see the website.
Distance from Stansted Airport: 15 miles & 31 minutes by car
Contact: 020 7416 5000

Things to do near Stansted  - Audley End

Audley End

Now owned by English Heritage, Audley End is a 17th-century country house in Essex, near Saffron Walden, which makes a splendid day out for anyone who enjoys visiting stately homes and gardens. The house offers something for all culture vultures, whether your interests lie in sumptuous interiors and works of art or in the newly restored Service Wing which gives a great insight into life below stairs in Victorian times.
Distance from Stansted Airport: 14 miles & 29 minutes by car
Contact: 0370 333 1181

Things to do near Stansted  - Colchester Castle and Hollytrees

Colchester Castle and Hollytrees

Colchester Castle is a Norman built castle that is now used to house artefacts from Colchester's long and colourful history as the former Roman capital of Britain. The museum presents a timeline of Britain from the Iron Age up until the Civil War. Also on the grounds of Colchester Castle is the Hollytrees museum - a free museum containing a variety of items, chronicling domestic lives of the past.
Distance from Stansted Airport: 14 miles & 28 minutes by car
Contact: 01206 282939