Netherlands

Tilburg

Located in the south of the Netherlands, Tilburg is a fascinating city with an interesting history due to the part it played in the Industrial Revolution, and it is also home to the biggest funfair in Benelux during July which makes it a very exciting place to visit.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Tilburg in an hour, so it is a great destination to explore for just a day, but you will also find plenty of things to do in Tilburg if you choose to stay for longer.

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Hull Port

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Rotterdam (Europoort) Port

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Efteling Theme Park near Tilburg

About the city

Explore the city Despite the large amount of reconstruction required after World War II, there are plenty of things to do in Tilburg that uncover its fascinating history, which is present throughout its streets.

One of Tilburg’s most popular art galleries, De Pont Museum, is housed in an old textiles factory that has been turned into a creative space for contemporary art exhibitions. You might also be able to catch a talk, workshop, or performance during your visit.

To step back into the past, visit Cinnecitta, the oldest cinema in the Netherlands. This cinema has been showing films for over 100 years, and although it has been modernised it still boasts some of its original features.
 
Old and new architecture in Tilburg

Family having fun at a zoo in the Netherlands

Family fun in Tilburg

Head just 15 minutes out of Tilburg and you will find Beekse Bergen Safari Park, where you can see a whole range of animals, including meerkats, tigers and white-cheeked gibbons. This safari gives you the opportunity to see everything from the comfort of your own car, or by boat along the surrounding river.

Alternatively, visit Zoo de Oliemeulen which is located in the city itself. Originally a reptile house, this zoo has expanded to include around 150 species so there is plenty to see here.

For more family fun, plan your trip around July and prepare for the biggest funfair in all of Benelux. This legendary annual event takes over the city centre with its bright lights and elaborate rides, and draws in huge numbers from surrounding towns.
Don't leave without trying Kermiskoek (Dutch carnival cake), a delicious heart-shaped ginger cake rich with honey and candied sugar. 

 

Explore the city

Despite the large amount of reconstruction required after World War II, there are plenty of things to do in Tilburg that uncover its fascinating history, which is present throughout its streets.

One of Tilburg’s most popular art galleries, De Pont Museum, is housed in an old textiles factory that has been turned into a creative space for contemporary art exhibitions. You might also be able to catch a talk, workshop, or performance during your visit.

To step back into the past, visit Cinnecitta, the oldest cinema in the Netherlands. This cinema has been showing films for over 100 years, and although it has been modernised it still boasts some of its original features.
 
Old and new architecture in Tilburg

Mother and son at Efteling Theme Park

Visit Efteling theme park

One of the oldest theme parks in the world, Efteling theme park first opened in 1952 and is rumoured to be the inspiration behind Disneyland. Just 15 minutes' drive from Tilburg, Efteling attracts millions of visitors every year, and offers visitors an enchanting destination filled with miniature towns, stunning forests, exhilarating rollercoasters through old castles, and the famed Spookslot haunted house.

The incredible sculptures, architecture and surrounding gardens are guaranteed to leave the whole family speechless, so be sure to add this to the top of your list of things to do in Tilburg.

With plenty of things to do in Tilburg for couples, friends, and families, don’t delay in booking your Hull to Rotterdam [link] crossing and discovering this exciting destination for yourself.

 

Head just 15 minutes out of Tilburg and you will find Beekse Bergen Safari Park, where you can see a whole range of animals, including meerkats, tigers and white-cheeked gibbons

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