Heathrow, a major international airport in West London, is one of the busiest airports in the world. With excellent public and private transportation links, passengers landing there can easily reach the U.K. capital's incredible array of tourist attractions in no time. And while the ancient landmarks, world-class cultural institutions, and contemporary monuments of central London will certainly beckon, the region around LHR has some attractions of its own that might tempt you to consider a night or two in Heathrow airport hotels.
Visiting Heathrow Airport
If you're staying at LHR hotels, taking a taxi might be the most convenient transportation option, with cabs available outside all terminals. You'll also find car rental desks in the arrivals area of all terminals. Public transportation is also an option, with both buses and trains available to take you from Heathrow to hotels in London and to towns and cities in the local area. Car rentals near Heathrow Airport make it easy to visit nearby destinations on your own schedule. Just 10 miles from Heathrow is the ancient town of Windsor, which is known for two major tourist attractions: Windsor Castle, the longest continuously occupied royal castle in Europe; and Legoland Windsor, a major draw for families with young children. The local area also features the closest major stretch of countryside to West London, Colne Valley Park. Covering more than 40 square miles, this protected landscape includes woodlands, rivers, and more than 60 lakes. Stop at the visitor center for information about things to see and do there, including guided and independent walks, fishing, boat trips on the Grand Union Canal, sailing on the lakes, horseback riding, and playing a round of golf at one of several public courses within the park.
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