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Short breaks to Bruges

Cobbled lanes and elegant squares, atmospheric churches and romantic canals. Perfect for a romantic treat or refined city break, Bruges never fails to impress.

Everything in Bruges centres on the Markt, an open square flanked by gabled guild houses and bustling with people, open-air restaurants and horse-drawn carriages. Beautiful medieval style buildings skirt the square, but towering 83m above it soars the magnificent Belfry. Take the 366-steps to the top and you'll be rewarded with wonderful views. You'll find that it is absolutely beautiful at night.

The shopping is wonderful, particularly if you like chocolate, lace or beer! Bruges is the self-proclaimed world capital of chocolate and with its chocolate shops, chocolate museum and even a chocolate trail, you could dedicate an entire weekend to your favourite sweet treat.

Getting there

While there's no direct ferry to Bruges it is very easy to get to. Sail to France from Dover and the city is just 47 miles from our port in Dunkirk. It's also just 72 miles from Calais to Bruges. If you’re travelling from the north of England or Scotland then you can save yourself a drive by taking our Newcastle-Amsterdam route. When you drive off our ship in Holland, Bruges is less than three hours away by car.

What to see in Bruges?

There’s more than enough to keep you occupied on a weekend break to Bruges. A Bruges canal trip is a great way to relax and see the city.

With its whitewashed buildings, beautiful gardens and museum, the Beguinage is a haven of tranquillity in the middle of the city. Today it is used as a monastery for Benedictine nuns.

Bruges boasts a number of world-class museums and the Bruggesmuseum – a general title, referring to five different museums and galleries – is the place to go. Or if you like chocolate, you’ll love Choco-Story.

Bruges is home to many shops in the unique atmosphere of the city centre. Chocoholics will find 49 Belgian chocolate boutiques. De Kaarsengieterij, a candle shop, is also popular. The city centre also offers several shopping malls including Zilverpand and Alberthal, and there are also regular market days including a fish market and a flea market.