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Stansted is London's third largest airport (after Heathrow and Gatwick) and is located in Essex some 35 miles north east of London's centre. It is a major airport for low cost carriers, with easyJet and Ryanair operating flights to some of the nearly 200 destinations offered from the airport.

Why go?

Stansted is London's third largest airport (after Heathrow and Gatwick) and is located in Essex some 35 miles north east of London's centre. It is a major airport for low cost carriers, with easyJet and Ryanair operating flights to some of the nearly 200 destinations offered from the airport...

The airport has just one terminal but serves about 41 mainly charter, budget and cargo airlines to European destinations as well as well as some popular tourist resorts in Turkey and Morocco.

Pick up your vehicle from Stansted on your arrival at the airport. All models of car are available from the major brands. The route to London is easily accessible via the M11 motorway and the North Circular Road around North London.

You can also take the M25 orbital motorway for South London and further towards Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire to the West Country. Take the M25 to visit Kent and the South of England coast, or you can stay locally in the Essex and Cambridge areas.

Follow local roads to the east to visit Norfolk and Suffolk. The A14 to the north of the airport links with the A1, M1 and M6 to access the Midlands and the North of England.

Where to explore?

Locally there is much to see and do and London is very accessible, especially by car on the fast motorway network...

You can also reach London by train. Stansted has an efficient rail service to London's Liverpool Street railway station, with trains leaving every 15 minutes from the airport. There are links to the London Underground, suburban over-ground rail network and the Docklands Light Railway for East London's commercial, cultural and residential areas. The Tube from Liverpool Street station links with other major London railways stations serving cities in the West Country and Wales, North of England and Scotland and Southern England.

Colchester, a garrison town and the old Roman capital of Britain, is just 35 miles to the east of Stansted along the A120. Visit the city's museum with its prehistoric and Roman artefacts and the Norman Castle that was built over the remains of a Roman temple. Holytree Museum is a Georgian townhouse with displays of local history and a doll's house that is a reproduction of the museum. Don't forget to look at the church steeples as you walk around Colchester. Some of them were damaged in earthquakes during 1692 and 1931.

Drive along the A12 to the county town of Ipswich and then to the pretty Suffolk villages of Woodbridge and Wickham Market. It's just a shirt hop along local roads to the North Sea coast for some fresh fish and chips. The best time to visit this area is during the summer when you can hire a boat and sail around the Broads, the regional wetlands.