Booking a summer holiday after the festive excitement is a New Year gift that keeps on giving.
When you’re six to twelve years old, immersing yourself in creative fiction is one of the most wonderful experiences on offer. And there are few better places for kids to take imaginative flights of fancy than The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire — just one hour and 20 minutes from Stansted via the M25. If you’re travelling to the airport under your own steam, this exciting attraction allows kids to get creative with the legacy of the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and many other beloved characters.
2. Mountfitchet Castle
Located just 15 minutes maximum from Stansted, Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066 offers visitors the unique opportunity of experiencing medieval life in full — with all the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic Motte and Bailey castle. This is the only site in the world where a medieval village and castle have been fully reconstructed on their original sites and wandering in and out of homesteads and watchtowers really brings history alive for kids of all ages. That’s not all — if you’re an animal lover, the grounds are home to peacocks, pigmy goats and fallow deer, while traditional toy fans will find themselves in a wonderland with an in-house toy museum which houses the world’s largest collection of playthings.
3. Parking tips
If you’re headed to Stansted for the first time and your family group features children of any age, it’s possibly best to avoid public transport — unless you want to feel completely frazzled before you set foot in the departure lounge. Travelling in your own car is more conducive to calm and booking Stanstead airport parking online is easy with a reliable comparison site like Looking4.com. You can choose from a park and ride or valet options, but whatever your preference, you’ll be setting the scene perfectly for a stress-free pre-flight experience — with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your vehicle’s safe, sound and awaiting your return.
Whether you’re heading to Antalya, Berlin, Washington D.C. or Zaragoza, these three Stansted travel tips should set your family holiday up for a fabulous start.
That’s our list! Please add your own Stansted travel tips in the comments section.