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Get in shape at St Mary's University

St Mary's University's main campus is situated in the leafy west London suburb of Twickenham, close to Strawberry Hill railway station. The oldest Catholic university in England, it was founded in 1850 and is comparatively small in terms of student numbers, giving it a comforting, friendly appeal. Another campus is located at Nearby Teddington Lock. Sports studies are hugely popular courses, and the uni's impressive facilities have been used by UK athletics stars, including Sir Mo Farah and Joanne Pavey, as well as Usain Bolt.

Strawberry Hill House - it has to be seen to be believed

St Mary's University was built on land which was once part of the grounds of Strawberry Hill House - the Gothic revival mansion built from 1749 by art historian, writer and politician Horace Walpole. A stunning building, it fell into disrepair during the 20th century, but has been lovingly brought back to its former glory and is now open to visitors who marvel at its architecture and stunning interiors.

Twickenham Stadium - the home of a whole other ball game

While in the area, sports fans must make a pilgrimage to Twickenham Stadium, home of rugby union. Even if no match is planned, the World Rugby Museum is a fascinating place revealing the history of the game. Twickenham is also used as a music venue by major acts such as U2, The Rolling Stones and Beyonce.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near St Mary's University? Check out Travelodge London Teddington Hotel, Travelodge Twickenham Hotel or Travelodge London Richmond Hotel, which are all under four miles away.