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HoustonUnited States of America

As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – and Houston is no exception!

A sprawling city of just over 2.1m people from every background and walk of life, Houston is Texas’ biggest settlement and home to some of the finest museums and entertainment in the United States – as well as the Space Centre. So, if you want big city fun with a Southern flavour, there’s no better place to hang your ten gallon hat!

Anyone who enjoys travel will have at one time wondered what it’d be like to take the ultimate journey of all into space. Well, we can’t guarantee that, but a visit to the Space Centre Houston at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre will help you understand what it might be like to go into space. Featuring a multitude of attractions such as a launch simulator and actual artefacts of space exploration like moon rocks and flight hardware, it truly is a place to inform and inspire in equal measure.

Outside of space flight, Houston has a huge reputation for museums and the performing arts. With dedicated districts devoted to each, over seven million people visit Houston each year to be astounded by the city’s cultural riches.

Located in Neartown, the Museum District incorporates 19 museums covering countless fascinating subjects. With all museums offering free opening hours and 12 being free all the time, the district is a fabulous way to educate and inspire whether you’re a solo traveller or a family.

Highlights are, of course, subjective but many visitors are particularly impressed by the huge Museum of Fine Arts, the eclectic Houston Museum of Natural Science and the highly interactive Children’s Museum of Houston. The district is also home to the sombre Holocaust Museum, Houston and the superb Houston Zoo.

The Theatre District in Downtown is home to Houston’s nine most prestigious performing arts institutions spread across five impressive venues. Houston’s standing in the arts world is evidenced by the fact that it is one of only a handful of American cities that is home to professional, resident companies in all four major disciplines – Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Alley Theatre Company.

If high culture isn’t for you, there’s plenty more to see and do in Houston. From endless premium-brand shopping at the huge uptown Galleria mall to wet and wild fun at the SplashTown Waterpark, Space City is a town built for fun.

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Where to stay in Houston

Discovery Green showing city views, modern architecture and a high-rise building

Downtown Houston

4/5Very Good!(25 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants acclaimed theatres and top sights from Downtown Aquarium to Discovery Green – discover Downtown Houston, a destination also famous for its sports teams.

Downtown Houston
The Galleria, Houston, Texas, United States of America

The Galleria

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Travellers to The Galleria praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Westheimer Rd and Williams Tower.

The Galleria
Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Texas Medical Center

Restaurants, museums and shopping highlight some notable features of Texas Medical Center. Make a stop by Houston Museum District or Houston Maritime Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at TMC Transit Center or Dryden/TMC Station to get around town.

Texas Medical Center
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center featuring a park and landscape views

Memorial

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Memorial is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Memorial City Mall or CityCentre.

Memorial
Midtown, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Midtown

Midtown is well liked for its restaurants and live music. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Houston Museum District and Continental Club are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at McGowen Station or Ensemble/HCC Station to get around.

Midtown
Westchase, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Westchase

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Westchase is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Westheimer Rd and Harwin Drive Shopping District while in the area.

Westchase

Top hotels in Houston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Resort
4 out of 5
2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, TX
The price is £171 per night

This family-friendly The Woodlands resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Woodlands Town Center, Market Street and Cynthia Woods Mitchell ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)

"We have a great little getaway. Loved the property, trails, kayaking."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

The Woodlands Resort
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is £181 per night

Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Toyota Center and Minute Maid ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (922 reviews)

"Beautiful property, nice cool pools and delicious food and drinks. Staff was great also."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

Marriott Marquis Houston
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
4 out of 5
2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX
The price is £111 per night

Located in The Galleria, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Memorial Park is 2.6 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,837 reviews)

"Great place to stay and very friendly staff. Highly recommended to stay."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

Popular places to visit in Houston

Toyota Center
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Toyota Center

4/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Toyota Center during your trip to Houston.Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk

3.5/5(3 reviews)

This old-school boardwalk on Galveston Bay is a dining, shopping and amusement park paradise.

NRG Stadium
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NRG Stadium

5/5(5 reviews)

Catch an event at NRG Stadium during your trip to Houston.Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Space Center Houston
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Space Center Houston

4.5/5(17 reviews)

This iconic “mission control” was immortalized for its role in the first moon landing.

Minute Maid Park
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Minute Maid Park

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Catch an event at Minute Maid Park during your trip to Houston.Experience the lively festivals and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Johnson Space Center - NASA
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Johnson Space Center - NASA

5/5(14 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Johnson Space Center - NASA, a popular museum in Houston. Stroll along the lakeside or attend a sporting event in the area.

Top things to do in Houston

Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions
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Houston CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Houston Attractions

£51
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
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Space Center Houston NASA Visit with Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

£67
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour
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Galveston Island Visit with Houston City Tour

£78
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off The Official Houston's City Tour

£20
Per adult
Houston Haunted Bar Tour
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Houston Haunted Bar Tour

£21
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

£11
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Houston

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5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 45%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Dec 2019

Great city - love this place - fabulous dining options, great sports and theatre and friendly people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Dec 2019

Plenty to do across Houston. I recommend hiring a car or having a means to travel . Downtown is very picturesque and there is a very good atmosphere down there .midtown was a very fun place to get a drink and relax .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Very nice city with great transport links

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Oct 2019

We love Houston, there’s plenty to do and we have family here.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Sep 2019

For the price paid it was a nice place to stop. Easy access to interstate to get around, staff seemed friendly. Overall a good stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Sep 2019

I loved my trip to Houston and have plenty of great memories from this trip! I’m sad to be home...

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