Stansted Mountfitchet Things to Do
The windmill of Stansted Mountfitchet dates back to 1787 and is today open for the public. However, it is closed between November in Easter so that I only had the chance to see it from outside.
Anyway, I enjoyed the walk to the mill and the view of this old building on a beautiful spring day.Related to:
While adults may be more interested in the reconstruction of the castle and the different buildings, the animals can be considered as a main attraction for children. This makes Mountfitchet castle a popular place for families. There are chickens, geese, sheep and goats. There are in the castle to represent the animals which lived in the castle in norman times and were a source of eggs, milk, meat and other animal products.
The animals living in the castle today come from different places, most of them were maltreated before they came to Stansted Mountfitchet and some chicken used to live in battery farms. The castle is a place for them to spend the last days of their lives in peace and give joy to the visitors. There is the possibility to buy some food for them, however I am a little sceptic about that as the animals may get overfed.
The animals do not really care about the people walking around in the castle (a goose became a little aggresive when I wanted to pick up a piece of paper I accidentally dropped, but that was my only negative encounter with them). That white rooster even followed me quite a long way through the area. Anyway, enjoy the presence of these nice creatures, but please do not annoy them.
For further information about the castle itself, please visit my tip "Norman motte-and-bailey castle" or seek further information visiting the website below.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Family Travel
In other places, such a fountain would be not worth not mention. But somehow, I liked this nice little fountain from the late 19th century. It is a replica which is not in use and stands on a small traffic island..
The crossing with the traffic island is one of Stansted Mountfitchets main traffic points (if you can speak of something like that...)Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Stansted Mountfitchet Hotels
Stansted Mountfitchet Transportation
Stansted Mountfitchet is a nice destination to visit, if you have some time to kill at Stansted airport. Take Village link No. 7 from Stansted airport. The trip takes around 35 minutes and will cost you 1.40 Pounds (as of April 2006) and runs once an hour in each direction.