Stansted Travel Guide

  • Flight to London, to Stansted airport
    Flight to London, to Stansted airport
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    Fruit growing inside the conservatory
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Stansted Highlights

  • Pro
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     Bright modern airport, with good facilties and security 

  • Con
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     Sometimes more than full 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's just an airport - it serves its purpose 

Stansted Things to Do

  • Lest We Forget

    War Memorial The Stansted and Mountfitchet memorial is in the form of a 4 meter tall and unusual Celtic style cross atop a square plinth on a two-step base, made in Portland stone and surrounded by a low chain. The memorial commemorates the residents of Stansted Mountfitchet who were killed or missing in World War I (54) and World War II (17).

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  • Stansted Mountfitchet castle

    Here's something truely different to visit - the only recreated Norman Motte and Baliey castle in Europe.The extensive website listed below gives a very in-depth look at what they have at the place. They have re-created many of the types of buildings that would have been there when it was a working village like the blacksmiths and bakers with...

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  • From one airport to another...

    Duxford air museum, is less than 20 miles from Stansted - just a few minutes north by the M11 (unless the dreaded roadworks have returned again) and just south of Cambridge It takes a full day to see it's complete collection.Although part of the Imperial War museum, it charges for entry (10 pounds for adults) and even more on air-show days.When...

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  • Audley End House

    On a recent trip out of Stansted we decided to explore a little of the area and came to Audley End House. Henry VIII gave Walden Abbey to Sir Thomas Audley, who transformed it into his mansion and named it Audley End.Owned by English Heritage it has a lake, very large grounds and over 30 beautifully decorated rooms. You can only visit the interior...

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  • Duxford Aviation Museum (Imperial War...

    People being stranded one day in Stansted or planning a buffer day between two low-cost flights can spend an interesting day in the aviation museum at Duxford. Just take the National Express service to Cambridge and take the local bus service (line No. 7) to the museum. The stops for the National Express and the local buses are within a short...

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  • A Norman Foster Baby

    Stansted was designed by the British architect Sir Norman Foster and opened in 1991. his unique skylight designs in the ceilings allow daylight to penetrate... quite unusual in airport architecture.

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  • RyanAir - some nit-picking is required...

    There are no seat allocations on RyanAir - the call for Priority Boarding seemed to bring everyone, (who wasn't already in the queue anyway) forward - with the RyanAir staff asking "are you a priority boarder?" No one seemed to know what that was and all stood there - jostling in the queue. There were still kids and people in wheelchairs in the...

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  • Catch a plane

    Well seeing as the only reason anyone is here, is to catch a plane I guess thats a pretty important "Thing to Do".

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  • Stansted Mountfitchet - Norman Castle

    If you are travelling through Stansted airport and have some time to kill, why don't you start to explore the surrounding towns and villages? Stansted Mountfitchet is a little further away from the terminal building than Bishop's Stortford or Takeley, but it is the town which gave the name to this airport. The main attraction is the norman castle,...

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  • Where to lose your shirt...

    Newmarket is very easily reachable from Stansted, and is the home of English horseracing.Many of course just go to the race meetings, with such famous races as the 1000 and 2000 Guineas featuring.Even when there are no race meetings there are several attractions connected to horseracingn around. There is the National horseracing museum who also...

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  • Stately home just up the M11...

    A junction or two up the M11 towards Cambridge stands a rather impressive stately home that was originally bought by Charles II from the Suffolk family.It was certainly useful for the horse racing at nearby Newmarket, but the Mortgage payments built up so much (seems rather odd that a King had to have a mortgage like the rest of us plebs) that...

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  • London is not the only place to visit

    Ryanair and other airlines have heavily marketed Stansted as the Gateway to London.If your looking for weekend away then it is worth considering the fact that Stansted airport is in fact much closer to interesting cities like Cambridge, Ely, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds than it is to London Itself.Any of these places have more than enough to keep a...

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Stansted Restaurants

  • Great food and great company

    A night out with Andrew Lucas and his wife Liz was just what I needed the night before I flew off to a VT meeting in Karlrsruhe in December 2006. A typically English country pub with a restaurant at the back is about 20 minutes from Stansted airport. The food is all freshly made to order and is excellent. A table had been booked in the restaurant...

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  • Idyllic Setting

    Little Hallingbury Mill is a hotel/restaurant near Stansted Airport. As is the custom now we met Andrew and Liz Lucas for a meal before flying out to Karlsruhe recently. The mill itself is in a lovely setting off the main road in a private lane.It is a Grade 2 listed building and the owner of the mill was keen to tell us that he is doing the place...

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  • A great country pub !

    I was looking for a pub close to Stansted airport that we could take our dear VT friend Natalie (nhcram) to for a meal and an evening out, and found this pub on the internet.It is about 20 minutes drive from the airport terminal (via Great Dunmow), so if you are staying overnight before an early flight, and have a car, it is near enough for an...

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  • Jamie's Dad's Place

    Clavering is a small village in the north west corner of Essex, about 12 miles by car from Stansted airport. If you are staying overnight before an early morning flight out of Stansted, this pub is worth considering if you want a good meal out to start your holiday.See my Clavering page for a full write up on The Cricketers. This pub is definitely...

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  • Delicious Tapas at Stansted Airport...

    Although there are several restaurants within this hotel, we knew instantly when we saw Ta Paell'ya that it would be our dining choice for the 1 night we stayed here. If you ask to be seated overlooking the Wine Tower you will be mesmerised as you dine by the wine angels at work! As the evening gets darker, the tower gets brighter - a truly...

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  • Superb Food in beautiful surroundings

    We have now eaten here twice and I must say we have enjoyed both occassions. The first time we met with Andrew Lucas and his wife. The eveing was great. The food was so good that we decided to go again last week. We managed to get a table at the last minute but had to go early.There is a restaurant at the rear of this quaint 16th century oak beamed...

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Stansted Nightlife

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    SAS Raddison - Nightlife !

    by sourbugger Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Just 2 minutes from the terminal building is the new Radission hotel, where they have created a kind of up-market food-court in the Atrium around a central bar, with one rather special feature.

    The restaurants themselves consist of NY style steakhouse an Italian and a Spanish Tapas bar. All a very trendy, and whilst not exactly cheap, not a rip-off either. Sample menus can be found below.

    So, the special feature ?

    This place is about people watching in the truest sense, well a beautiful individual anyway : the atrium is dominated by a Las-Vegas style 'Wine-tower'.

    The 13 meter high contraption is loaded with thousands of bottles of wine, encased in a glass shell.

    When you order a bottle an 'Wine Angel', although I prefer 'Wine Babe', glides up on a system of acrobatic pullies to retireve your desired bottle. The apparatus was originally developed for the show at the Millenium dome - at least they have found a good use for it now.

    Very theatrical, very Las Vegas, very Kitsch - but great fun.

    The Sample menus :

    New York Grill Bar:

    Starter: Classic Caesar Salad 4.50 pounds

    Main: Rib Eye Steak (10oz) 15.95 pounds

    Desert: New York Chocolate Brownie 4.50 pounds

    TaPaell'Ya:

    Typical Tapas price: 3.75 pounds

    Filini:

    Expect to pay around 7.50 - 9 pounds for a pizza or pasta dish

    Breakfast is an amazing buffet of 90 different choices and is an event in itself (dont miss out on the five minute boiled eggs - perfection.)

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Stansted Transportation

  • The airport

    My Stansted page has lots of info about the airport (an airport I actually quite like). And the official airport website linked below has even more.If you are thinking about using Stansted I'd make these points in particular:1. Remember that Stansted is 40+ miles from London. You will spend both time and money travelling to and from the airport, so...

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  • Airport – London Stansted (STN)

    Although it likes to call itself London Stansted the airport is in fact 30 miles from Central London. The airfield opened in 1943 and was used for the Second World War by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force. BAA took control in 1966 and became an airport for holiday charter operators. The current terminal was built in 1991 and...

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  • Stansted Airport Arrival by air

    Arriving at Stansted is a little strange. The terminal building is seperated from some of the arrival buildings with their piers and gates.So, after you go down all the way into the basement you end up at a kind of "black hole", which are the doors to the dark terminal train tunnel.Just wait till the automatic operated train arrives and continue...

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Stansted Shopping

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    W.H. Smith beyond security

    by Airpunk Written May 8, 2006

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    If you want to buy something to read, you will find some magazines and books at W.H. Smith and Books etc., both available in the public zone (landside) and beyond security control. Unfortunately, their selction is quite limited and although (or because) there are a couple of these shops, they seem to sell the same stuff. Of course, you will find the usual newspapers and a small selection of international press at W.H. Smith and some useful books at Books etc., but I have seen shops with a better newspaper/magazine selection at smaller airports like Leeds or even Hanover.

    What to buy: Newspaper, Magazines and Books...

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Stansted Warnings and Dangers

  • Stansted valet/meet and greet parking

    A word of warning. NEVER use Kings Meet and Greet / Valet parking at Stansted. We returned to a car that had been driven over 250 miles whilst we were away and the car smelled of sick. It was meant to have been held in a secure parking facility but had clearly been taken on a jolly. We are dealing with this matter through legal means but want to...

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  • Pick Up late at night

    Please be aware that the main road to the front of the airport is closed after 10pm at night.Should you want to drop off a passenger you have to go to the 15 minute free car park and use that.Laughable as the queues for this facility can get long and you could use that 15 minutes.Officially you must use this area to pick up passengers.Recently saw...

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  • Expense of Car parking & Transfer times

    1) It is very easy to get caught out by the expense of long-term parking at this airport. Due to the lack of competition the only place to use for any length of time is the Pink Elephant Car Park. It will cost nearly FIFTY quid to park here for a week.2) Transfers are also very slow as the car parking areas are THREE MILES from the terminal. It...

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Stansted Off The Beaten Path

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    Takeley village in Essex

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    The ancient village of Takeley lies less than a couple of miles from the terminal, yet very few people even know that it exists. It at least makes for a change of scenery if you are stuck at the airport for longer than you expected.

    This is due in part to the poor signposting, probably done on purpose.

    The village strung out along the road features a couple of pubs, an anique shop or two and some nicely half-timbered buildings.

    It also features a wealth of signs aimed at trying to stop the expansion of the airport.

    Takeley is actually an ancient parish, consisting of many hamlets. It is mentioned in the ?Domesday Book? of 1086. During an archaeological dig at nearby Stansted airport, evidence was found of a Neolithic settlement, dating between 4,500 and 2,000BC. The A120 is the old Roman road Stane Street East.

    It can be approached off the main roundabout with the M11 at the service station (look for the little sign) or from the roundabout at the entrance to the short stay car park. Just turn away from the airport and turn right at the fork. It's then about a mile down the road and right again at the traffic lights.

    There is also a nice little pub called 'The Ash', with a tradional-type menu. It is so close to the airport you can see the planes land from the lounge window. If you head to the long-term car park, and keep going, it is about a further mile on the right.

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Stansted Favorites

  • History of Stansted

    Stansted was a Saxon settlement (the name means 'stony place' in Anglo-Saxon) and has always been located on an important line of communication; the village predates the Norman invasion, although it was not until then that Stansted acquired the suffix Mountfitchet. The castle was originally thought to have started life in the Iron Age, before being...

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  • Sleeping in Stansted Airport.

    If you have a departure early in the morning from Stansted Airport then it's no problem sleeping in the airport.Hundreds of people spend the night there every night in order to catch their early flights.When i spend the night there, there were dozens of people crashing on the chairs and on the floor in their sleeping bags.If you wanna have a drink...

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  • Eating in Stansted

    The cheapest way to survive in Stansted is - of course - bringing your own food with you. However, compared to central London, food is still affordable. Several restaurants, snack bars and cafés are avaliable in the public area (landside), mostly offering Italian cuisine and/or sandwhiches. A nice exception is O'Neills, an Irish pub offering also...

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