Over the next few months, we will endeavour to create an A-Z of places of interest that we visit by coach on our Day Trips. So to start with A, let us introduce…..
Afternoon Cité Europe
For all you shopping lovers out there, this is a day trip for you! We run afternoon coach trips to Cite Europe every month and they continue to prove popular. We offer one pick-up at 1pm from Brickfields restaurant in Cheriton, Folkestone, keeping travelling time to a minimum (You can park for free at Brickfields).
From Brickfields, we jump on the Eurotunnel for the short journey to Cite Europe.
One of Europe’s largest shopping centres, Cité Europe has over 150 shops to browse including chain stores and independent boutiques. There is also a hypermarket offering great bargains and the “Gourmet City” with over 20 restaurants to choose from.
Some facts you might not know about the Channel Tunnel and Cité Europe:
- In 1802, engineer Albert Mathieu designed the first-ever major project – to dig a tunnel which would be open to stagecoach traffic.
- From 1830 with the introduction of steam trains, the first railway ideas came up.
- Finally in 1984, the French and British governments agreed on a study consulting private entrepreneurs regarding the building and operation of a fixed cross-channel link, and using no public funding.
- Four proposals were considered and The Eurotunnel project won the day in early 1986. The Tunnel Treaty was signed on July 29th, 1987, opening the way for work to begin.
- Open since May 6th, 1994, the Channel Tunnel takes travellers across the Channel in minutes, at a top speed of 140 kph.
- At peak periods, a passenger shuttle departs every 15 minutes, representing a capacity of 4,000 passengers per hour.
- As part of the construction of Eurotunnel’s French terminal, France Manche and Channel Tunnel Group asked Espace Expansion Company to build the Cité Europe Shopping Centre, which was inaugurated on March 21st, 1995.
Below is a photo from around 1989 when Eurotunnel used a Crosskeys coach to work out the best way to load and unload vehicles! You can see the mock up of the train infront of the coach!