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5 great things to do within an hour from Heathrow

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Stuck at Heathrow Airport for a few hours with nothing to do? Instead of waiting in the airport for hours until your next flight, why don’t you explore some of the highlights nearby? Simply pick up your hire car from Heathrow Airport and do one of these five great things to do within an hour from Heathrow.

Windsor Castle
Drive just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport to visit one of England’s most iconic castles. Windsor Castle still operates as a royal palace, where official ceremonies often take place. The majestic castle is surrounded by colourful gardens and a variety of old buildings, including the Chapel of Saint George with its colourful stained glass. Take a guided tour so you can learn about the history of the castle and the royals who have lived here.

London Tower Bridge
Journey 40 minutes east into central London to tour some of the city’s famous sights. Among the top of your list should be London Tower Bridge. It’s a marvellous structure which looks over the River Thames and other iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben. Since opening in 1894, millions of people have visited the 65m high structure. From the top you can also look through a glass floor and explore modern exhibits.

Denham
This picturesque village is unlike any other place you’ve ever laid eyes on! The main street of the village is full of Georgian-style houses and businesses. One of the great reasons to visit Denham is the traditional pubs – they prove to be a massive hit with the tourists and locals alike! There’s the Swan and just out of town is the Standard of England near Beaconsfield.

Hampton Court Palace
With its stunning architecture and medieval charm, Hampton Court Palace is one of the landmarks you’ll regret not seeing if you don’t make the time for a visit. The outside of the palace stands tall and proud in Tudor red brick architecture. Within these impressive walls are spiral chimneys, great paintings, fancy gardens and even a maze. Best of all, it’s only a 20 minute drive from Heathrow.

Stoke Park Spa
There’s plenty of things to do in Stoke-on-Trent. Also add the Stoke Park Spa to your list. It’s situated within a 1000-year-old estate. This retreat is the perfect place to go when you need to relax and it oozes elegance and luxury. There are Italian marble steam rooms, a deep relaxation room and other options which cater for your every need. Whether you want a facial, body wrap or cultural experience, this extensive menu has a treatment for everyone.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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