3 Suggestions for Train Holidays From Yorkshire to Europe
So close yet so far is a phrase many in Great Britain might have said in the past when it came to crossing the English Channel. But that was before the Chunnel and the launch of the Eurostar train service in 1994. Now, you can travel from Yorkshire to several continental locations in a few hours.
Therefore, what used to be a longer journey for you and your party can now be a day trip or an extended weekend holiday. In fact, there are so many amazing places you can travel that it can be hard to decide where your next journey will be. To help you out, here are three suggestions for train holidays from Yorkshire to Europe.
One of the quickest journeys via Eurostar train is to Disneyland’s European location in Paris. The high-speed trip from London’s St. Pancras to Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy station takes less than three hours. From there, the themed attraction and its hotels are only a few minutes’ walk away.
If you’re familiar with its California and Florida counterparts, Disneyland Paris will seem both similar and different. Once you pass underneath the Disneyland Hotel into the park Main Street USA and Sleeping Beauty Castle will seem the same. After that, you encounter attractions like Phantom Manor, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, and Les Voyages de Pinocchio. All familiar rides to visitors of the U.S. parks that have a Parisian or European flavor.
The other park, Walt Disney Studios, contains a lot for all audiences. Familiar rides are the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Flying Carpets Over Agrabah, and the Rock n’ Roller Coaster. Unique to this European park are the half-pipe coaster known as RC Racer, Ratatouille: The Adventure, and Crush’s Coaster. Overall, a visit to Disneyland Paris is a time for families and couples to reunite in an enjoyable atmosphere.
For a holiday that combines a strong mix of culture and entertainment you must leave Yorkshire and take a train from London to Amsterdam. It’s here that you can cruise the canals, admire colorful fields of tulips, and amaze at wooden windmills.
The last is found in the neighborhood of Zaanse Schans, and it takes less than four hours to get there on a high-speed train from London to Amsterdam or go by ferry from the UK to the Netherlands (the ferry takes way longer, but it’s gives your trip a completely different dimention).
Built to resemble a Dutch village of the late 18th/early 19th century, Zaanse Schans features relocated windmills and wooden houses. In addition, you can also visit the on-site Zaans Museum for exhibits on traditional Dutch costumes and chocolate making.
Another highlight that makes Amsterdam a popular holiday visit is its canals. The three main water tributaries, dug in the 17th century, form a circular belt around the city called the Grachtengordel. It’s also home to numerous bridges, walking paths, cafes, shops, and year-round cruises.
If you decide to stay overnight, make sure you take an evening cruise. As the sun goes down and the lights come up, the Dutch city takes on a whole new beauty.
Belgium is not only known as the home to NATO and delicious chocolate. It is also filled with architecture that spans centuries and tells tales of medieval towns and bright futures. One of those places is the country’s capital — Brussels.
Approximately two hours from London on high-speed train, Brussels shouldn’t be considered a day trip.There are so many wonderful sites to take in that it requires an extended holiday. Especially if you want to experience the city’s amazing food.
One of the unique places to visit is the Atomium. Designed for the 1958 World’s Fair, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brussels and Europe. Inside the Atomium you’ll find special displays, an observation center, and a restaurant that provides panoramic city views.
Another special location is the Grand Place, which takes you back in time to the 14th century. The central square of Brussels, the area is surrounded by buildings of intricate and opulent construction. These include the city’s town hall and the King’s House that contains a museum highlighting Brussels time as an important European capital.
All the touring will make you hungry and thirsty, so you want to include time to enjoy the city’s restaurants and cafes. If you visit over a weekend, then you want to visit the Brussels Brunch scene. Locations like Le Balmoral Milk Bar and The Brasserie du Prince d’Orange are one of several locations that cater to families ready for good food. On the other hand, you can visit Gazzetta for an Italian-style brunch or Café Wiltcher’s for a refined and quiet meal.
Overall, a train holiday from Yorkshire to continental Europe is not something to put into a “Do It Later” bucket. Inexpensive tickets and multiple trains a day from London can get you to Paris, Amsterdam, or Brussels in a short period of time. In turn, this allows you to embrace another city’s history and culture while feeling refreshed and excited for the upcoming adventure.