Flying into Stansted takes you into the heart of Essex, a short hop from buzzing seaside resorts, picturesque towns, and fascinating historic sites. Discover some of the county's most exciting attractions with this guide to what to do in the area.
Southend-on-Sea has been the ultimate seaside destination for Brits since the Victorian era. After working on their tans at the beach, visitors can get their thrill on at Adventure Island. This fun park boasts prize arcades and over 38 rides as well as cafés and sideshow attractions.
Tuesdays and Sundays should be spent in Saffron Walden. This medieval town's marketplace has been around since the middle ages and is the perfect place to stock up on locally produced groceries.
Just outside Saffron Walden, Audley End House and Gardens welcome visitors to discover what life was like in a 16th-century lord's manor. The Jacobean home is surrounded by landscaped parkland, filled with statues and bridges.
Mountfitchet Castle, just outside of Stansted, is a historically accurate reconstruction of a motte-and-bailey Norman castle. The ten-acre site, complete with reconstructed village, wandering animals, siege engines and ramparts, is great for history buffs.
Housed in the visitor centre of Mountfitchet Castle, the House on the Hill Toy Museum is perfect for kids and geeks alike. The Museum houses over 70 000 toys, with toy sets from the 1930s displayed right next to Star Wars action figures. The range of toys guarantees nostalgia for parents and wonder for children.