London Heathrow Airport FREE
Unusual and free day out for all the family - read this great review for ideas.Recommended by Charles Matthews, Slough“Hey, WLOW, if anyone’s interested, here’s a good (and pretty much free) itinerary if you’d like to take your kids around Heathrow? Here’s what I did with my nieces and nephews, and they loved it. Unless you work at the airport, you may end up paying for parking, but you won’t have to pay anything else other than ice cream and drinks.
So, before you park anywhere, drive around the entire perimeter road so that your passengers can see both the northern and southern runway, mine loved the idea of trying to work out if the planes were landing or taking off. I also got them onto seeing whether they could make out the 747’s and the 380s (which are quite common now). I then parked for a bit over by the BA hanger at the eastern end of the southern runway, so that they could watch the planes taking off (it’s not so easy on the western side). Don’t stay for too long around here, although the T3 long stay car park’s a great place for the planes to go right over your head.
Then, park at the T5 long stay car park, and by the perimeter fence you should see the planes very easily on the north runway. Take the bus to T5, and go into the departures area (on the top floor). Take them to the flight departure screens by the exit and get them to choose a flight (my niece sadly only wanted to go to Newcastle). Then, take the elevator down to the arrivals floor (on the ground floor), where there’s a really fun fountain they can watch (or play in, if the doors are open – take a towel, mine got soaked!)
Then go back to the elevator and get off at floor 3 (I think)? You will want the pods that go to the T5 business car park. If you can’t find them, ask one of our ambassadors). You can take the pods to and from T5 as many times as you like. I endured 4 times before I got bored (they didn’t get bored!) and we took lots of pictures with the pods.
Then, back in T5, take the elevator and escalators down to the Heathrow Express floor, the Heathrow express is free between T5 and the central terminal area, so we took the train to T1, and got an ice cream and coffee at Costa in T3. Then, we took the train back to T5 to get the bus back to the long stay car park. We had lots of talks about behaving ourselves or else being left in the tunnel to grow into a mushroom.
If your kids are anything like my nieces and nephews, they’ll love it. Aidan wants to be an air traffic controller now, and lexis wants to be a pilot. Saved me a fortune instead of taking them to Thorpe Park.
All this is free, and all the buses are free around the airport, so you can take as long or as little as you like. We had a really great day out. The pods were the favourite I think.”
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Old Bath Road
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