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Brunel University's seat of learning

Located on the outskirts of Uxbridge, west London, and named after the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Brunel University was founded in 1966 and includes three colleges and three major research institutes. The arts, computer science, politics, media and, unsurprisingly, engineering, are among its popular courses. The campus has provided the locations for several film and TV series, including A Clockwork Orange, The Sweeney, Inspector Morse and Spooks.

A history lesson in Uxbridge

The former RAF Uxbridge is located close by. Steeped in military history - it's where Winston Churchill first made his famous 'never was so much owed by so many to so few' speech in 1940 - it has been used for filming since its closure in 2010, but it's possible to visit the Battle of Britain Bunker, which is housed on the site alongside a museum. Fighter aircraft operations were controlled from there during the Second World War.

Nature just a stone's throw away

In Nearby Harefield, it's possible to commune with nature at Old Park Wood, a 41-acre site of special scientific interest. Once part of Harefield Park, it's a hilly site that should be visited in spring to see it at its best when a carpet of bluebells is accompanied by an array of other flowering species to create a riot of colour. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Brunel University? Try Travelodge London Uxbridge Hotel, Travelodge Langley Hotel or Travelodge London Heathrow Heston M4 Westbound Hotel, which are all less than 20 miles away.