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Attractions and Places of Interest around Heathrow Airport
5.1 miles (8.2 km) from Heathrow
Thorpe Park is situated between junctions 11 and 13 of the M25.
Access from junction 12 is not possible. follow signs via A320
to Thorpe Park. Car parking is free.
Thorpe Park is one of the UKs most popular attractions and top
Originally a water park which opened in the 1970's, thrill rides
were added added to the park from 1987 onwards. The first ever
ride being the Thunder River. There are now over 20 big rides
Windsor Castle6.7 miles (10.8 km) from Heathrow
Located off Junction 6 of the M4 or Junction 3 of the M3
Originally built by William the Conqueror after he invaded
Britain in 1066 and occupies 13 acres of land. The location was
ideal since it was on the top of a steep hill overlooking the
River Thames below. The purpose of the castle was to protect
London from attack from the West.
The round Tower was built by King Henry II and he also rebuilt
much of the structure in stone rather than the original wood
that was used, including the outer wall.
Windsor castle is where the Queen resides the majority of the
time (especially weekends) even though her official residence is
Buckingham palace. The largest Castle in the world which is
still used as a residence. No other Castle can match the
unbroken period of residence, Windsor castle boats a 900 year
history of past residents.
Hampton Court Palace8.3 miles (13.4 km) from Heathrow
phone: 0870 752 7777
nearest train station:
Hampton Court 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
500 years of royal history from Henry VIII to George II.
Set in sixty acres of gardens visitors are taken back through the
centuries to experience the Palace as it was when royalty was in
The earliest history dates from 1236 when the the first
buildings at Hampton Court Palace was under the ownership of the
Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem. Further
constructions were added during the 15th century.
Legoland10.3 miles (16.7 km) from Heathrow
Located on the B3022 Windsor/Ascot road. Accessed from the M3
Junction 3 or M4 Junction 6.
Legoland is aimed at the whole family, not just the kids with
over 500 interactive rides 50, live shows, building workshops,
driving schools and attractions. Legoland occupies over 150
acres and contains the largest Lego store in the UK. Legoland
also has a constantly changing series of events each month. In
the Imagination Centre kids can design buildings to test on
earthquake tables or engineer cars to beat all contenders on the
speed test ramp. At Legoland a new movie experience brings '4D'
to the screen as the movie takes place literally all around you.
Chessington World of Adventures and
Chessington Zoo10.6 Miles (17 km) From Heathrow
Located on the A243, 2 miles from the A3 and M25 junction 9 or
Chessington World of Adventures is both a Theme Park and Safari
Zoo. In fact it was just a Zoo till investment in 1987 brought
the creation of a Theme park alongside the Zoo and traditional
fairground rides. The Zoo had first opened as far back as 28th
July 1931. Fair gro8nd rides were added to the Zoo in the
40's,50's and 60's along with a miniature railway. The zoo lions,
gorillas, penguins, otters, sea lions and more. There are
actually around 100 different species and 260 individual animals
in Chessington Zoo.
Chessington and Hotel Ticket Packages
The racecourse dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen
Anne. One of the UKs premier racecourses is Ascot racecourse.
Perhaps best known for hosting the prestigious Royal Meeting
each year in June, indeed until 1945 the Royal Meeting was the
only meeting held at Ascot. The first Royal Meet dates back to
June 1768 and in modern times is the most popular race meeting
in Europe. In 1965 jump racing also came to Ascot. The Royal
meeting has as much to do with fashion as it does with racing
with Ladies day during the meet seeing an endless parade of high
fashion from those in attendance. The Royal part of the name
also is not just pr, each year the Royal family attend the races
with the royal parade down the racecourse in horse drawn
carriages itself being a feature off the start of racing.
Hotels in Ascot