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Ypres

Escape with Virgin Trains… to Ypres

One for the history buffs, there is no better destination for those hungry to learn more about European history than Ypres. Located close to the French border, this small Flemish market town is best known for its part in the First World War. But there’s so much more to Ypres.

Zoom into London Euston or King’s Cross and then hop on board a Eurostar™ from London St Pancras International via Brussels, where a connecting train will take you onwards. And we’ve also got your hotel sorted. So, whether you’d prefer to stay in five-star luxury, close to the city centre or something more cosy, there really is accommodation to suit every taste and budget.

Top of the list for those wishing to expand their historical knowledge is the Flanders Fields Museum. Then visit the east of the town to see the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, dedicated to soldiers killed in the war whose graves are unknown.

And take a moment to visit the number of beautifully kept war graves dotted around the nearby countryside.

Fancy doing something in the city centre instead? The medieval core of the city was rebuilt following the war and the restored Ypres Lakenhalle is today one of the most spectacular buildings in Belgium. Why not visit the Grot Markt which often plays host to events including the annual 24-hour international car rally, the tri-annual Cats Festival and a bustling Saturday market.

And for those wanting a bit of Flemish fare there’s huge menu of restaurants at your fingertips. Bon appetit!

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