“This is a sponsored post from Travelodge. When I travel with my family I often mix up where we stay for better value, access to sights or just to keep us exploring.”
Is there anything worse than travelling for hours, into London, with youngsters in the car? No matter how much preparation you do, and no matter how many sticker books you pack into the back, it always seems to become a stressful experience.
After ten rounds of sensible, adult-led games such as eye spy and word connect, it is never long before the boys start giving each other a dead arm on the sight of any yellow vehicle and your youngest has some issue surrounding travel induced bodily fluid complications.
There has to be a better way to do it! And flying from Manchester, Edinburgh and other far-out UK destinations – in less than an hour – could be the answer to your prayers. Staying at Heathrow Terminal 5 hotels, outside of the city centre, will also ensure you pay a low price for your weekend away, especially if you choose a family room from a budget company.
Heathrow is well connected to central London, by underground (at Terminals 1, 2, 4, and 5), as well as the Heathrow Express from Terminals 4 and 5, which transports passengers into the city centre in less than 15 minutes.
The attractions and entertainment within the city are endless. Every type of trip is catered for in central London. Those looking to see the traditional sites of ‘Old Landan Town’ can add Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament to their itinerary.
Alternatively, a child friendly museum tour in the capital will leave you spoilt for choice. There’s also a huge number of contemporary attractions on offer including the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the recently reinvented, London Dungeons.
One of the most convenient aspects of staying out of the city centre is that you are close to some of the out of town attractions, which can really make a family getaway.
Windsor and Eton railway is just six miles away, and a truly beautiful day out. As well as visiting Windsor Castle, why not catch the bus service from the centre up to the LEGOLAND theme park? The rides and LEGO mini land are bound to keep them thoroughly entertained. Whether you choose to call a taxi, or take the train from Heathrow (with just one or two changes), you can be at LEGOLAND in well under an hour.
Those with tweens and teens in the camp may prefer something a little more adrenaline packed than the wonder of LEGOLAND. If this is the case, Thorpe Park is a fabulous day out for your family. Extreme rides include THE SWARM, SAW, Stealth and Colossus. You can book 2013 tickets online now, for the price of 2012 passes.
The most important factors to a family break are keeping costs low and cutting the stress. Forget driving across the country, make the holiday magic happen and catch a flight. In less than an hour you’ll be checking into your budget Heathrow accommodation ready and set for a wonderful weekend with your nearest and dearest.