Things to do in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
When wondering how best to describe the Saxon village of Stansted Mountfitchet to a possible tourist, the phrase, " big things come in small packages" springs to mind. Though when compared to some of the major tourist destinations in Britain it may seem too small and trivial to bother with, it is in fact Stansted's "village" status and compact layout that makes it so desirable a place for one interested in soaking up a bit of English charm, culture, and history, whilst remaining in a comparatively modern setting.
Points of interest for visitors of the village are numerous, as Stansted's timeless appeal and historical significance spreads far further than one would have imagined. Original Tudor architecture is prominent in buildings and two stunning chapels grace the landscape with a sense of elegance.
Landmarks and other places well worth visiting include the reconstructed Norman castle - a life size museum of motte and bailey castle life as experienced when construction of the fort originally began in 1066. The House on the Hill Toy Museum - a celebration of the toys loved and enjoyed by different generations that will surely bring back many happy memories, and the village windmill - a working 18th century windmill open to the public for exploration once a month.
Accommodation is seldom a problem, as quaint manor houses serve well as residences for visitors, allowing them to imerse themselves even more in the charm of the village. Pubs, restaurants, and a fish and chip shop located in the centre of the village provide great traditional British meals, grocery stores and news agents are also evident amongst the individual shops such as the bakery and butchery.
Transportation is never an issue, as a railway station located in the centre of the village provides easy travel around the country. Stansted airport is located just two miles away from the village, perfect for international tourists. Stansted Mountfitchet is also just thirty miles north of London and it is a quick and easy journey into the city via train.
In a time of rapid modernisation and technological advancement, Stansted Mountfitchet has managed to retain a great deal of it's "magic", historical bonds, and beauty, making it a great travel destination for anyone planning on being in the area. A trip to Stansted Mountfitchet is a trip well worth making for those interested in English village life, history and culture of the past and present.
Just for once, take a step back, instead of forward, and you too will be able to experience the way life was, instead of just the way life is now.
Description by Sara Daen
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