Middlesex Travel Guide

Great Conservatory, Syon Park, Middlesex - © Colin Smith

Overview and Attractions

The Middlesex Travel Guide outlines various places of interest, local attractions for visitors and highlights tourist information for travellers. The area guide includes travel information on local entertainment, sites, transport and travel, events, facts & figures, maps and accommodation.

The historical county is no longer a county council; much of historical Middlesex has been absorbed in to Greater London and the neighbouring counties of Hertfordshire and Surrey. Middlesex is still used as both an area name and a postal code.

The Middlesex area includes areas to the north and west of central London. Middlesex areas close proximity to central London mean some use it as commuter area to work in London but live in the suburbs enjoy the greater space and rural environment in comparison to London city.

Middlesex is well known for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) based at Lord’s cricket ground in St John’s Wood, North London.

The historical county of Middlesex once consisted of the area from Sunbury-on-Thames in the south to Potters Bar in the North and Uxbridge in the West to Brentford in the East. The county was among the smallest in England and was home to many well connected and affluent residents with the City of London so close by.

The historical Middlesex county includes a number of areas and towns in North and West London that visitors may not be familiar with. The area is not as well known as a tourist destination as areas such as central London, there are however a number of areas and attractions of interest for visitors.

Twickenham is located in West London and is well known for Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby. The area has a number of historic period houses and affluent areas, including St Margarets where there visitors will find a range of shops and cafes and tree lined residential areas.

Local attractions here include the 17th century Strawberry Hill House and the Orleans House Gallery; that includes a number of art exhibitions covering a range of periods through history. Twickenham Museum gives visitor can insight into the rich history and times of Twickenham and neighbouring Teddington and the Hamptons.

The town of Brentford is a suburban town that also contains places of interest for visitors. Syon Park includes a historic house and park and is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. Boston Manor House is a historic Jacobean Manor House renowned for its impressive plasterwork ceilings.

Gunnersbury Park Museum is located in the area and is the local museum for both Ealing and Hounslow; there are a number of archaeological finds in the museum dating back to Viking and Roman times along with a range of displays and artefacts of local interest.

Wembley located in north west London is synonymous with Wembley Stadium, one of the best known football stadiums in the world. Wembley Arena is also located here; the indoor arena stages a range of events each year including musical, sporting, cultural and entertainment.

Other local attractions include Fryent Country Park, where visitors can enjoy over 250 acres of historic Middlesex countryside, it is a popular place to enjoy a picnic and go for a walk in tranquil surroundings.

The areas of Harrow and Harrow-on-the-Hill have a number of leafy suburban resident and commercial areas along with the prestigious Harrow School. Local attractions include Harrow Museum located on the grounds of Headstone Manor, a 14th century Grade I listed manor house.

The museum includes a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions outlining local history and industry. A range of entertainment is available at the Harrow Arts Centre where visitors can enjoy theatre, dance, family shows, films, comedy and much more.

The compact nature of the historical county of Middlesex means the local attractions are located relatively close together making it convenient for visitors to see a number of attractions.

The Middlesex area has a range of scenery including urban towns and developments with commuter towns close to London and more open green spaces with parkland and smaller towns.

The close proximity of Middlesex to London means the huge range of attractions and entertainment venues in the capital are easily assessable.

The county of Middlesex contains a number of attractions for visitors to explore, including Syon Park, the RAF Museum London and Wembley and Twickenham Stadiums, the homes of English football and rugby.

The close proximity to central London and other home counties mean there are good transport links making possible to get to from other areas of the UK by rail and road, making it a place that is worth exploring further.

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