5 bank holiday getaways from Gatwick Airport
Make the most of the 4-day-long Easter Bank Holiday weekend and jet off to one of these top city destinations, direct from Gatwick Airport. Simply use Help me Park's fantastic meet and greet parking, and away you go for a fantastic European city break.
Whether it’s a romantic break in Paris, where you spend the days wandering through boulevards showered in petals from blossom trees with your significant other, or immersing yourself in ancient history in the capital of Italy, Rome, for an easy weekend getaway this Easter Bank Holiday, Gatwick Airport can fly you direct to all five of these destinations in under three hours.
1. Berlin, Germany: 2 hours 5 minutes
Touch-down in just over two hours. The first destination we’re whisking you away to is Berlin.
Did you know, Berlin is one of the largest cities in Europe? That’s right, there’s so much to see in Berlin, we don’t know where to begin, but we’ll give it a go.
Berlin is the capital for multitasking. With a rich history, plenty of shopping opportunities and a thriving nightlife, there’s a wealth of things to do. Looking for a museum, no problem. Opera? You got it. There’s even a zoo!
Mitte is the most central district in Berlin, pitch up here and you’ll be within walking distance to most of the city’s top tourist attractions, such as the Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag. If you don’t fancy walking, Berlin is a great cycle city too. With an abundance of wide, flat roads you can ride around at ease.
If it’s nightlife you’re looking for, you won’t need to travel far to find it. Berlin is host to hundreds of buzzing restaurants, underground bars showcasing up-and-coming bands and nightclubs opening their doors into the early hours in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain.
For those of you who can only envisage a holiday as a sandy beach, don’t discount Berlin just yet. Catch the U-Bahn to Pankow and you’ll be greeted by stunning man-made beaches and fresh floral gardens. Berlin seriously has it all!
2. Dublin, Ireland: 1 hour 20 minutes
After a swift escape? Dublin’s the place. You can take off from Gatwick Airport at 8.50 am and your feet will be firmly on Irish soil shortly after 10 am. (That’s what we’re talking about!)
Dublin has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city, and we get it! Dublin is a city with a vibrant culture scene, unique street markets, and booming bars. What’s not to love?
Ireland’s capital has a history filled with rebels and revolutionaries, stretching back past medieval times. If it’s local history you’re looking for then jump on an open-top tour bus and learn all about it from the natives.
One of the popular things to do when visiting Dublin is taking a tour around the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. Where you’ll learn to pour a “proper pint”. To finish the tour off, you get your very own pint of the dark stuff, along with breathtaking views of the city from the top floor.
What Dublin may lack in impressive monuments, it makes up for in nightlife. Take a trip down to Temple Bar for live music, buzzing bars, and majestic street parties, but don’t expect to get home before 3 am!
3. Paris, France: 1 hour 15 minutes
Paris, the city of love. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it’s only 1 hour and 15 minutes away!
Paris is an attractive destination for a city break. From its streets of designer shops to quaint delicatessens to its many museums, that house world famous paintings and iconic sights. There’s so much to see. So, here goes…
Spring has sprung, and there’s no better time to visit the city of love. Behind the grandiose monuments, you'll find the stunning Tuileries Gardens, filled with blossoming trees and vibrant flowers. With highs of 17 degrees celsius throughout April, why not head down to Canal St. Martin? This once derelict part of town is now buzzing with cafes and hip boutiques. Pitch up at a pavement café, grab a cup of coffee and a croissant and soak up the local culture.
Once you’ve soaked up the sun, head to the Louvre and soak up the huge art collection it has on offer, including the legendary Mona Lisa.
Lest we forget, one of the must-do things while in Paris is climbing the Eiffel Tower, with phenomenal panoramic views across the whole city, it’s not to be missed.
4. Rome, Italy: 2 hours 35 minutes
A visit to the Eternal City is certainly a must for anybody who is a fan of ancient history, architecture, religion, and even politics. However, as the saying goes, 'Rome wasn’t built in a day', and you’ll undoubtedly struggle to see it all in a 4-day break, so here are the highlights.
Visit The Colosseum and see where gladiators fought. Take a stroll around the Roman Forums. Visit The Pantheon - a 2000-year-old temple, see the largest, grandest church in the world - St Peter’s Basilica. Walk down the backstreets of Rome and find the Trevi Fountain, or why not visit a local opera? Poetry your thing? Then visit the Spanish steps and the house where Keats lived and died.
You’ll never really tick everything off that Rome has to offer, the best thing to do is simply wander around. You’ll find at almost every turn there will be amazing monuments and ruins you didn’t even know existed.
And what is a visit to Italy without pizza? True Romana pizza is made using a totally different technique that results in the pizza being moister and thicker. Mmmm!
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands: 1 hour 25 minutes
Amsterdam has so much to offer, from stunning canalside strolls to city bike rides. From cheap bars to the intriguing red light district. But that’s not all the Venice of the North has to offer. Amsterdam is filled with history and culture, from buildings to museums.
The city has a number of important museums, visit the National Maritime Museum in the Plantage area or discover the city’s history at the Rijksmuseum.
If you’re an art lover then look no further, the Van Gogh Museum contains hundreds of paintings from world-renowned artists and just next door lies The Stedelijk Museum, which houses the largest collection of modern art in Amsterdam. There's also the Rembrandt Huis, the art museum situated in the house in which Rembrandt lived and worked.
Visit the actual house Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in, and see the diary she wrote with your very own eyes.
Amsterdam nightlife certainly has a reputation. Choose from a plethora of traditional bars and popular nightclubs; trance music is a really big thing in Amsterdam with industry leading DJs flocking to the vibrant city to host world-class events.
To finish it off, scour the streets to get a taste of Amsterdam’s world famous delicious Dutch pancakes, and the waffles... the waffles.
Gatwick Airport Parking
Wherever you decide to jet off this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Help Me Park is on hand to park your car, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To make your trip as stress-free as possible, we can send one of our friendly and professional drivers to meet you at the terminal, collect your car and park it in one of our safe and secure car parks. You can rest assured your car is in safe hands in our Park Mark accredited car parks with 24-hour security. To top it off, when you land back at Gatwick Airport, give us a call and we’ll meet you, with your car, right outside the terminal, so you can drive off with no fuss.
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