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Attractions Near To Stansted Airport


Stansted Airport, the third busiest airport in the UK, is a bustling and vibrant centre, with a host of restaurants, shops and services designed for passengers’ enjoyment. Ideally located close to London and a number of other attractions, travellers can make use of not only the local facilities at the airport, but have great access to a host of day trips, sightseeing and shopping.

Things to do in and around Stansted Airport

  • Duty-free shopping
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Sightseeing in local area
  • Enjoy a trip to London

Shopping at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport boasts first-class shopping and at attractive duty-free prices too. Why not get to Stansted Airport a little early and make the most of the wealth of retail outlets, whilst saving money in the process? As well as the familiar range of perfume, cosmetics and alcohol, and convenient books, music and electronics for your trip, why not stock up on the latest fashions, splash out on a designer handbag or try a luxury item like a single malt whisky or some fancy caviar? Together with the familiar range of cosmetics, alcohol, jewellery and electronics, Stansted Airport now offers a large selection of famous-name shops, from Hamley's, HMV, Dixons, Hackett, Clarks and JD Sports, to luxury brands such as Hackett, Kurt Geiger and Mulberry.

Eating and drinking at Stansted Airport

There's also a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes and bars, whether you are looking to eat on the run, or enjoy a leisurely dining experience. Coffee, tea and snacks are available at Starbucks, Costa, Millie's Cookies, Krispy Kreme, Pret-a-Manger and Pontis, whilst for a full meal, head to Bridge Bar, Est Bar or The Windmill before you depart for your destination.

Things to do around Stansted Airport

If you are staying in one of the Stansted Airport hotels, or just find you with plenty of time on your hands before your flight, the airport is well-placed for exploring the local area and beyond. Cambridge, just 20 minutes away, offers a wonderfully scenic day out, with its historical architecture and attractive college grounds, whilst family attractions around Stansted Airport include Mountfitchet Castle, Epping Forest, Colchester Zoo and Beth Chatto Gardens, with Newmarket Race Course around an hour away if you fancy a day at the races. Two of the best shopping centres in the area, Lakeside and Bluewater are accessible from Stansted Airport, home to a huge array of 250 and 330 shops respectively, and extensive food outlets and cinema complexes.

Parking options at Stansted Airport

Wherever you want to explore around Stansted Airport, you can rest assured your car will be well-looked after by Airparks Stansted. We have a range of parking options available, including Stansted Long Stay, Stansted Mid Stay and Stansted Valet Parking.

Head to London from Stansted Airport

The country's capital is easily reached, too, with the city of London just 48km south-west from Stansted Airport, along the M11. The Stansted Express rail service runs to Liverpool Street every 15 minutes and takes just 45 minutes, whilst those passengers on a budget can make the most of a regular coach service to either Victoria, Baker Street or Kings Cross. Travellers can visit some of London's iconic tourist attractions, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Madame Tussauds to name just a few, or just stroll around enjoying the sights and sounds, browsing in shops such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and sampling some of the city's finest cuisine in the diverse range of restaurants, cafes and bars.