The Eurostar connects London with Amsterdam in approximately four hours. Yes, that's only 4 hours to get to Amsterdam! Famous for its picturesque canals, historic houses, vibrant neighborhoods and world-class museums like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum it's somewhere everyone should visit at least once. For the extra authentic experience rent a bike to explore the city like a local.
Our top 3 places to visit when you're in Amsterdam
- Rijksmuseum: Immerse yourself in Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, home to masterpieces like "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt, or "Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq" to use its full name.
- Anne Frank House: Gain insight into the life of Anne Frank and the history of the Holocaust.
- Van Gogh Museum: Explore the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh's works.
You can also take the Eurostar to Paris, in just over two hours you can be in one of the world's most romantic cities. Paris is known for its iconic landmarks... the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and its charming neighborhoods. Paris is a more compact city than London so you can cover a lot of ground on foot, which is a bonus, the metro is good but you can't beat walking around Paris. Go alone or take somebody to impress, Paris will always be an experience worth having.
Our top 3 places to visit when you're in Paris
- Louvre Museum: The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo are there, do you need any more reasons to go? Experience the world's largest art museum.
- Eiffel Tower: This doesn't really need much of a description, enjoy amazing panoramic views of the city from the observation decks.
- Notre-Dame Cathedral: The Gothic masterpiece, known for its stunning architecture, rose windows, and historical significance.
Given that you can be in Amsterdam or Paris in less time Edinburgh might not be high up on your list. However, don't rule out this amazing city, in around 4 hours you can be in a city rich in history and culture. Visit Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, and (depending on the month) the annual Edinburgh Festival. The city's unique blend of medieval and modern architecture is captivating and the people are welcoming.
Our top 3 places to visit when you're in Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Castle: Explore the historic castle offering panoramic views of the city.
- Royal Mile: Wander along the Royal Mile, a famous historic street connecting Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, lined with shops, pubs, and historic sites.
- Arthur's Seat: For breathtaking views of Edinburgh climb to the top of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park.
So there you have it, 3 amazing places that are only half a day from London on the train.