Bruges offers a wonderful short break destination at any time of the year, both Dina and Helen have recently visited and can give you their first hand knowledge and experience of this wonderful destination to ensure to make the most from your trip.
In the Middle Ages Bruges was one of the richest cities in Northern Europe, bypassed by the industrial revolution it has survived almost as a living mediaeval masterpiece with canals, cobbled streets, guild houses, palaces and churches. Often referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’ it is compact and easy to wander around and offers a fascinating short break destination either on its own or combined with other Belgium cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, or The Hague.
Departing from the beautifully restored St Pancreas Station, Eurostar offers a great alternative to flying. For that special occasion then why not start your trip with a night in the magnificent St Pancreas Renaissance Hotel. After years of careful renovation from the original Midland Hotel the Renaissance is now being hailed as London’s most romantic building. The grand staircase is as dazzling now as when Queen Victoria opened the hotel in 1873 and the hotel now mingles Victorian splendour with contemporary style and service.
The Eurostar takes just 2 hours to reach Brussels and you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel to the South Coast via Ashford in Kent and then across into North France before heading to Brussels. The process of check in and security is quick and easy, you only need to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. The trains are not luxurious but standard class is comfortable with enough space for your luggage and there is a buffet car for light refreshments. On arrival in Brussels you can catch a connecting train to Bruges or opt to stay a night or two in Brussels. The onward journey time from Brussels to Bruges is just 50 minutes and you arrive within walking distance of Bruges centre.