One of the most famous royal residences of all Windsor Castle is an iconic British landmark. It is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, having been owned by the reigning monarch for over a millennium. Queen Elizabeth II can often be found at Windsor Castle – you’ll know that she is in residence if the Royal Standard is flying.
ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND HEATHROW
Built in 1996 as a family theme park, Legoland Windsor has been a hugely popular attraction for two decades. The park – which is themed around the popular Lego toy system – was built on the site of the now-defunct Windsor Safari Park. More than two million people pass through Legoland’s gates each year, making it Britain’s second-most popular theme park after Alton Towers.
Distance from the hotel 14.5 miles.
For fans of rugby union, Twickenham Stadium is a place of pilgrimage. This is the home of the XV-man code, the ground at which the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final was played. Twickenham is where England play their home Test internationals and Six Nations encounters, and on matchday it becomes a cauldron of noise. On non-matchdays, many people visit Twickenham to explore the World Rugby Museum, which is full of memorabilia relating to this popular sport.
Distance from the hotel 5.9 miles.
Discover the world of science behind the botanical collections, with over 50,000 living plants to be found across the UNESCO World Heritage site. From the vast Arboretum to an Alpine rock garden, there’s something to see in every corner.
Distance from the hotel 8.8 miles.
A popular theme park situated between Staines and Chertsey, Thorpe Park is home to a number of rollercoasters and thrill rides. It was built on the site of the former Thorpe Park Estate, which was demolished in the 1930s. White knuckle fans may enjoy a day out at the park to ride the Tidal Wave, Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, SAW – The Ride, and The Swarm.
Distance from the hotel 13.3 miles.
HOUNSLOW URBAN FARM
Situated on Fagg’s Road in Feltham, Hounslow Urban Farm is a great place to take young children to introduce them to the animals. Cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, poultry, rabbits and ponies are among the residents at the farm, which is open throughout the week.
Distance from the hotel 3.1 miles.
CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURE
Theme park situated close to Heathrow Airport, Chessington World of Adventures has a fully operational zoo and a host of rides and rollercoasters. Vampire, Bubbleworks, KOBRA, Zufari: Ride into Africa and Scorpion Express are among the key attractions. Chessington Zoo has over 1,000 animals, including western lowland gorillas, sea lions, and Sumatran tigers.
Distance from the hotel 14.4 miles.
Ascot is the premier flat racecourse in the UK and the venue for a number of the leading meetings each year. Horses have raced at Ascot, just outside of Windsor, since 1711, with the reigning monarch and other members of the royal family often in attendance. The Ascot Gold Cup, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes draw in talented horses and jockeys from across the globe.
Distance from the hotel 17.5 miles.
A truly remarkable historic building, Ham House is a Grade I-listed property which lies just to the south of Richmond beside the River Thames. Completed in 1610, it is surrounded by Grade II-listed parks and gardens, which can be explored by members of the public. The house contains plenty of period pieces, furniture and artwork.
Distance from the hotel 9.5 miles.
Located just a few miles from Heathrow, the Musical Museum in Brentford contains one of the world’s foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. It houses rare working examples of various player pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players. There is also a 230-capacity concert hall and cinema at the museum, which is used for performances throughout the year.
Distance from the hotel 6.6 miles.
LONDON MOTOR MUSEUM
A must for transport fans, London Motor Museum in Hayes is home to more than 160 exhibits including classic cars from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The museum also houses a number of famous vehicles, including Herbie the Volkswagen Beetle, an original Batmobile from 1989 film ‘Batman’ and a Ford Gran Torino from the TV series ‘Starsky and Hutch’.
Distance from the hotel 15.6 miles.
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