Places to see in London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport Attractions
The UK’s busiest airport is a hive of activity and has that frenetic, slightly hurried feel of all busy areas. If you’re heading into London, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking there’s a huge stretch of no-man’s-land between the runways and London’s beating heart, but we know that there’s a ton of stuff to get stuck into if you’re staying for a couple of nights in the vicinity of the airport. As well as visiting the nearby towns of Staines and Hounslow for all of your shopping needs, there’s also a lot to do for the more adventurous minded.
Recommended Attraction in Heathrow Airport
If the weather’s fair, we’d suggest driving (or jumping in a cab) to Staines Sailing Club, which offers sailing lessons on the River Thames for all levels and is something that can be lacking (or prohibitively expensive) elsewhere in London.
Heathrow Airport Attractions List
There’s a lot more to Heathrow Airport than meets the eye, so take a look at the following itinerary to get a taste of what there is to do within Heathrow Airport itself and the surrounding areas. You should use our Heathrow Airport hotel booking service to book a Heathrow Airport hotel too; just be quick as competition is fierce and you don’t want to miss out on the hotel you prefer!
All of Heathrow’s’ domestic and Irish routes are handled here at Terminal 1, as well as some European and long haul destinations. Although it is envisaged that Terminal 1 will close when the Heathrow East scheme opens, substantial refurbishments have / are taking place to improve your experience. You’ll find fantastic shops like Burberry, Harrods, LK Bennett, Fat Face and the world famous toy store Hamleys here!
Address: Terminal 1, London TW6 1AP
Phone: +44 844 335 1801
This is the current site of Terminal 2, which is actually Heathrow’s oldest terminal building that opened as the Europa Building in 1955. This is due to close shortly so that construction of the Heathrow East scheme can begin on this site. This exciting new development is planned to replace Terminals 1 and 2 with a modern, environmentally friendly passenger terminal by the 2012 Olympics!
Address: Heathrow Airport (LHR), Hounslow, London TW6 1RR
Heathrow Airport actually has its own interdenominational chapel – St Georges Chapel. You will find this below ground level in the central area between terminals 1, 2 and 3.
Address: Heathrow Airport Inner Ring West Hounslow TW6 1BP
Phone: +44 20 8745 4261
Here is Heathrow Air Traffic Control Tower, which is actually one of the tallest in Europe and stands at twice the height of Nelson’s Column in central London!
Address: Hounslow, Greater London TW6 2PZ
If you’re flying into or from Terminal 3 you’re probably on a long haul flight, as this is where most of them are handled. Here you’ll find the massive Pier 6 which was constructed to handle the twin decks of the superjumbo Airbus A380. In the passenger departure area you’ll find a huge range of places to eat from TGI Friday’s to Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with the wide range of tax free shops available including Versace, Cartier, Gucci and Paul Smith.
Address: Heathrow Airport (LHR), Hounslow, Greater London TW6
Terminal 4 was only opened in 1986, but now that Terminal 5 has been opened refurbishment will start taking place here! This includes an extension and redevelopment of the forecourt to provide a fresh face to the terminal. Inside you’ll find a huge range of shops including Aspreys of Bond Street, Hermes and Ted Baker. You can also stop off to eat or drink at places including Starbucks and JD Weatherspoons.
Address: Southern Perimeter Road, London TW6 3XA
Here is the stunning brand new Terminal 5 that opened in March 2008, which will become the home of most British Airways flights. It has 60 aircraft stands and a capacity for 30 million passengers! It has the largest unsupported roof structure in Britain, and with its glass walls and roof you can get fabulous views of the runways, surrounding countryside, Windsor castle and even Wembley Stadium! You’ll find over 100 shops and restaurants here including Harrods, Dior, Gucci, Prada and World Duty Free! You should try out Gordon Ramsay’s brand new restaurant Plane Food, and take time to see what exhibition is taking place in the EXPO area.
Address: Wellington Rd, Heathrow Airport (LHR), London TW6 2GA
Phone: +44 844 493 0787
Take a trip to world famous Eton College and you’ll be visiting one of the oldest schools in Britain which was originally established by Henry VI in 1440! You can take a guided tour, visit the Museum of Eton Life, or gain general admission so that you can see fabulous buildings like the College Chapel and The Cloisters. Just make sure you check that the school is open to the public before you go!
Address: Walpole House, Windsor, West Berkshire SL4 6EU
Phone: +44 1753 671000
Windsor Castle is only a short drive away from Heathrow Airport so you should make the effort to visit the largest occupied castle in the world that is one of the official Royal residences of the Queen! Parts of this stunning castle that are open to visitors include the State Rooms, Semi-State Rooms, Queen Mary’s dolls house and St George’s Chapel.
Address: Windsor, West Berkshire SL4 1NJ
Phone: +44 20 7766 7304
Your children will love a day trip to Legoland Windsor, a child-orientated theme park where you’ll find Lego themed rides, models and building workshops. You can visit areas like Land of the Vikings with its river rapids ride, Adventure Land where you can ride on the Jungle Coaster, Lego City and Traffic where kids can drive round a track in Lego cars!
Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor SL4 4AY
Phone: +44 871 222 2001
For a really memorable day out you should come here to renowned Ascot Racecourse. Horse racing takes place here throughput the year and if you’re lucky enough to come to London in June you should go to Royal Ascot for the day. This is the world’s most famous race meeting where formal address is the norm, with women making a spectacular effort on Ladies Day!
Address: High Street, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 7JX
Phone: +44 844 346 3000
If you’re a thrill seeker you just have to come to Thorpe Park for the day. This theme park has more thrill rides than any other theme park in the UK! You can ride on Stealth – Europe’s fastest rollercoaster, try out Samurai or even dare to ride No Way Out, which was the world’s first backwards rollercoaster.
Address: Staines Road Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN
Phone: +44 871 663 1673
You have to go to Hampton Court Palace, which is a truly magnificent former royal palace of Henry VIII. You must take time out to visit the magnificent Great Hall here, as well as the world famous Hedge Maze, the huge Tudor kitchens and over 60 acres of fabulous gardens. The Hampton Court Palace Festival and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show take place here.
Address: East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Phone: +44 844 482 7777