If you’re flying into London Heathrow Airport and staying for a day or two, there are plenty of historical sights to enjoy within close distance. The Windsor Castle has been the home of royals, while the Kew Gardens offers a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. In the evening a play is the perfect way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. And don’t forget to book the a hotel near the airport.
Windsor Castle is a vast royal residence located in the county of Berkshire. Construction of the original part of the castle began in the 11th century. Henry I was the first monarch to live there, and today it has earned the distinction of being the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The apartments are furnished in Georgian style.
It’s possible for tourists to actually visit Windsor Castle. While you can see the outside part of the structure at any time, during March to October you can actually take a tour inside. The doors open at 9:30 am on most days of the year and close at 5:30 pm. The times are slightly different in the winter, from 9:45 pm to 4:15 pm from November to March.
You’ll want to see the changing of the guard, which happens every day from 11:00 to 11:30 am. It’s recommended that visiting the castle is best after lunch on weekdays, if you don’t wish to see the changing of the guards, as it’s quite a popular tourist destination and can become crowded.
Kew Gardens is a large botanical gardens site located in the southwestern part of London. It has the distinction of having the largest and most diverse gardens in the world. Currently, there are over 30,000 different kinds of plants here. The site also contains an herbarium, also the largest in the world. There are over seven million preserved plant specimens here too.
The Beck Theatre hosts events for the entire family in its Hillingdon London location. This theatre was built in 1977. Besides the children’s shows, pantomime and summer projects, there are also concerts, dramas, comedies, dances, opera, and musicals to enjoy. They even show films here.
The theatre was designed to be accessible for disabled and elderly people and has won an Access Award from council. The closest train stop is at Hayes and Harlington. You can either walk the two kilometres to the theatre or hop on a bus. Several different buses stop at the Beck Theatre.
Hotel Moxy Heathrow
If you’re looking for a good, but not too expensive, hotel near the Airport? Don’t forget to check in at the Moxy Hotel London Heathrow. This budget hotel take care of all your needs.