Words about the London Stansted Airport are commonly exchanged by United Kingdom’s commuters, travelers, and tourists. It isn’t surprising that the third-busiest major airport of the United Kingdom has gained more popularity compared to the humble village it calls home. Almost all public transportation and infrastructure lead to Essex County’s main airport, which makes the village of Stansted Mountfitchet fairly easy to reach. Situated in Essex’s northwestern border, Stansted Mountfitchet, or simply Stansted to most locals, is also the county’s civil parish. The village, 35 miles of London, has 16th century buildings and other interesting historical site that will surely delight tourists. Moreover, there’s no need to climb uphill, hike through the woods, or transfer through many linkages just to see Stansted’s beauty. Its proximity to numerous roads and rails make it a definite stop.
Exploring the City
Just near the Hertfortshire border, the small village is served by the Stansted Mountfitchet Railway Station. All of the station’s trains are being operated by England’s National Express East Anglia. Having originally opened in 1845, the railway provides services to Stansted Airport, Cambridge, Stratford, and London Liverpool Street. Don’t be surprised by its façade, as its original periodic platforms are still fully operational. Several airport taxis and transfers such as Cambridge Taxi Services are available at the London Stansted Airport. The airport is a hub for a collection of low-cost carriers, and is considered Ryanair’s largest base.
Originally a Saxon settlement, most of Stansted’s surviving attractions have been built with stone. The buildings even predate England’s Norman Invasion, which was around a thousand years ago. Remnants of a small castle was said to have been fortified in the Iron Age. The construction of which began as early as 1066, before the Vikings and the Romans came. Apart from the historic Mountfitchet Castle, landmarks include a 1787 working windmill, which opens to the public at least once a month. The windmill provides Stansted with a sustainable form of energy.
Things to Do
Just beside the Mountfitchet Castle is an amusement park of the same name. The award-winning national attraction is considered a full-service heritage entertainment complex. The all-weather center combines nostalgia, history, and prehistory, giving tourists such a treat within just one full day. Three fabulous and exciting attractions can be seen within the complex. Visitors can join the Halloween Tours at the Haunted Mounter, or see prototypes of Dinosaurs up close. Guests will love joining the annual village event known as the Windmill Fete. Eclectic activities of the fete include china smashing, pop gun popping, and throwing teddy bears.
The 1787 windmill also opens its museums to tourists once a month. Though the historic attraction is interesting, nothing beats a museum that opens daily. The Hill Toy Museum is an establishment both children and kids at heart will love. It is Europe’s largest privately-owned museum specializing in toys. Within its 7,000 square-feet are more than 80,000 toys and antiquities. Displays range from Victorian-era memorabilia to the Rubix cube of the nineties. The museum started with a Hornby train set and other toys that will surely rekindle anyone’s fond memories of their childhood days.