If you’re stopping over and wondering what to do in Stansted, then our handy guide is here to help. A classic English village steeped in history thanks to its Norman castle, historic nearby hunting forests and world famous art exhibits, the Essex village is also on the doorstep of Stansted Airport, the fourth busiest UK airport. Our Stansted Airport hotel is perfectly placed for both the airport and the area’s best attractions, including the vast Hatfield Forest, the gorgeous medieval market town Saffron Walden and The Henry Moore Foundation, which is home to over 15,000 works of art from the renowned sculptor. Add in some brilliant brasseries, country pubs and cool cafés, and you have a wonderfully English village that balances the best of the old with the new.
Things to do in Stansted
Places to eat
With an abundance of stylish English brasseries and bistros, eating out in Stansted is a lot of fun. Plus, with excellent fish and chips, all-day cafés, quirky tea cafés and forward-thinking coffee shops on offer too, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
Shop, eat, drink and catch the latest Hollywood action at The Harvey Centre in nearby Harlow. Around 10-miles south of Stansted, The Harvey Centre is home to over 100 outlets. These include a Primark and HMV, as well as a six-screen Cineworld complex, several cafés, bars and restaurants, and a gym.
Just next door you’ll find The Water Gardens, an open-air mall containing Topshop, H&M, Clarks and River Island as well as branches of Pizza Express and Five Guys.
With dozens of low cost flights each day across the UK and Europe, Stansted Airport is the fourth busiest UK airport, serving over 25 million passengers each year. Major airlines include easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair, with Dublin, Edinburgh and Rome being the three busiest routes. Our Stansted Airport hotel couldn’t be any closer, situated on the southern edge of the airport overlooking the main runway.
In the centre of the village and overlooked by Stansted Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet Train Station is a small two-platform station with regular services to Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow, as well as an express train to Stansted Airport, which takes just eight minutes.