Hidden Holland: Groningen

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On 20 -22 September, the British Superbike Championships will take place at TT Circuit Assen, situated near Groningen in the north of Holland.

If you’re heading to Groningen and want to make a holiday of it, here are some attractions you probably didn’t know about:

The Groningen Museum

One of the most beautiful museums in the Netherlands, the Groningen Museum is a work of art in itself. The permanent collection consists of a large assembly of porcelain and works by the Groningen artists’ collective De Ploeg.


The Bourtange fortress has stood still in time since 1742 – thanks to careful reconstruction visitors can experience exactly what it looked like in its original day. The pentagonal fortress, designed as the original plan prescribed, was a strategically located There are regular events and guided tours, and visitors can spend the night in a box bed in one of the soldier or captain lodging houses, and newlyweds who just have said ‘I do’ in the Nieuwe Kruithuis in Bourtange can spend the night in the honeymoon suite.

Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary

Located at the start of many hikers’ trails, the seal sanctuary has cared for unwell seals for more than forty years. Those washed ashore are treated and cared for before being released back into the Wadden Sea, which visitors can walk alongside at low tide on the famous mud flats.

If you’re head to Assen, travel with your bike from £69 return with Stena Line’s racing offer. For more information on Groningen head to