How far would you go for cheese?
Watched our video with SandyMakesSense? Here's how to take the trips yourself.
Part one – London to Cambridge
Catch the train from Kings Cross to Cambridge and you could be punting down the river in under an hour. If it’s nearer to home, you can also travel from London Liverpool Street.
Sandy chose our Mobile Ticket option when she booked, so why don’t you? In a few taps, your ticket will appear on your phone – forget queuing to collect your paper tickets at the station! In the time you save, you could check out Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross and take a snap of you and your pals running through the wall complete with Hogwarts scarf.
Sunny day? Visit the fountains in Granary Square, or sip some bubbles in a nearby rooftop bar - try Big Chill House.
Cheese tasting in Cambridge
Cambridge is well known for its cycling tours, college buildings and river punts. But, Sandy discovered this historic town is one of the top places to chow down on cheddar.
Did someone say cheese tasting? Listen Caerphilly.
Start your foodie feast at the Cambridge Cheese Company in the city centre (4 All Saints Passage), just a 20-minute trip on the Park and Ride. Try the Cambridge Blue, Sandy’s favourite, before exploring more.
Things to do in Cambridge
Fill up on culture at the ancient Bridge of Sighs, or King's College, one of the city’s most historic pieces of architecture. On the weekend you’ll never be short of things to do, with Cambridge’s thriving Sunday Farmer’s Market in the Market Square.
If you’re all cheesed out, head back to Kings Cross. Or for more grate adventures, read on for part two.
Part two – London to Paris
If your closest experience to delicious French cheese comes from the specialist section at your local supermarket, it’s time you treated yourself to the real thing. Channel hopping is a piece of cake with us, as you can book Eurostar tickets (at the same great fares) in an instant on our app or website, using Apple Pay, PayPal and more.
Travelling to Paris by train
Naturally, we think travelling to Paris by train is the best way. Just think, there’s no need to arrive at departures two hours early. Eurostar check in closes 30 minutes before departure, for those who have a Standard ticket. And, First Class ticket holders can check in as late as 10 minutes before departure – although, we’d recommend not cutting things too fine!
There’s no hand baggage restriction on liquids with Eurostar either, so you won’t have the nightmare of decanting all your lotions and potions into smaller bottles and squeezing them into a see-through bag.
And, better yet, there’s no weight restriction for your luggage – so fill your case to the brim with cheesy goodness from Paris to bring home. (Sharing with friends, optional)
Trainline tip – It may sound obvious, but don’t forget your passport!
Catching the Eurostar from London St Pancras
Trainline tip – Travelling on Eurostar tends to be priciest on a Saturday. So, if you’re planning a weekend trip, we’d recommend travelling either on the Friday or Sunday.
Your cheese-tasting adventure can begin sooner than you think! As you head to the Eurostar check in, pop into Sourced Market, under the departure boards at London St Pancras station. Their cheese counter has been voted in the Top 10 in the UK. Why not buy a few different cheeses and crusty rolls from Sourced for a picnic, so you have something to munch on – even if it’s only a couple of hours’ train journey?
Eurostar first timers, look out for the Tracy Emin light installation, “I want my time with you” as you board. This pink-neon writing sits just below the huge clock in St Pancras. Like Tracy, time’s a precious thing to us, that’s why we fill our app with live journey info and real-time updates, to keep your travel plans ticking along smoothly.
If you’re planning your own Social Media uploads, you’ll be pleased to know that newly refurbished Eurostar trains have free WiFi… Upload to your heart’s content!
Cheese tasting in Paris
In the video above, SandyMakesSense made a beeline for French fromagerie La Ferme Saint-Aubin. Getting to this popular cheese shop, tucked away on 76 rue Saint Louis, takes just 15 minutes on the metro from Paris Gare du Nord. There’s an impressive selection here, ranging from strong cheddars to creamy blues so even the cheesiest of cheese-fans will find something to their taste.
Once you’ve filled up on fromage, take the time to do something cultural and visit the nearby Notre Dame. Entry is free, but you’ll need a ticket to visit the crypt (€6) and the tower (€8.50). Climb the 387 steps to the top and you’ll burn off your cheese samples.
Trainline tip – Your Eurostar ticket can get you 2 for 1 deals at a number of French attractions. Just show your ticket at the box office.
If you’re planning to see some other sites while you’re in Paris, it may be worth getting the Paris Pass to make the most of your money.
Whether it’s a foodie adventure, a cultural trip or a romantic break you’re planning, book your UK and Eurostar trips with us today.