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Stansted, so much more than just an airport�

The airport may be what brings many people to Stansted, and it's the perfect stop for pre-holiday stays, but there's no need to jet off in search of great days out. From stately homes with stunning grounds to majestic castles and quirky museums there's plenty to see and do in the local area, while great transport links mean Cambridge and London are within easy reach.

Travel back in time at Mountfitchet Castle

Get hands-on with history and see what life was like 900 years ago at this unique open-air museum. Climb the castle's watchtower, stroll through a traditional Norman village and see if you have what it takes to lift a genuine knight's sword.

Toys, trains and gorgeous gardens

Embrace your inner child (and keep younger travellers happy) with a trip to the House on the Hill Toy Museum. The largest toy collection in the world includes everything from Meccano to Barbie dolls. Also well worth a visit is Audley End. With impressive interiors, tranquil gardens and a children's play park, there's something for the whole family at this stately home. Don't forget to hop on board the miniature railway� Looking for a cheap hotel Near Stansted? Both Travelodge Stansted Bishops Stortford and Travelodge Stansted Great Dunmow are close by, with easy access to the airport, and just a stone's throw from the historic Roman village of Great Dunmow.