There are some great activities that you can do in Tilburg and surroundings. On this page I’ve listed the top activities in (or near) Tilburg. From things to do in Tilburg when it rains to nice activities to do with friends in summer.
There are some really cool escape rooms that you can do in Tilburg. They’re perfect to do on a double-date and as its always indoor, you can do it when it rains! The nice ones are Locked, Locks & Keys and Escape Room 013. There’s even an Escape Hotel in the city center.
Tilburg has got some lovely musea. Pictured here you see the Textile Museum that honours the textile history of the city. From old weaving looms to modern textile techniques; you can all find it there.
There’s also the Natuurmuseum Brabant, opposite the train station that is great for kids and biology lovers. And the picture at the top of this page is taken at De Pont, the museum for contemporary art.
In one of the nicest areas of Tilburg, the Piushaven, you can find Stadsbrouwerij 013. This brewery makes some great artisan beers and has a restaurant with great bar food. A great thing to do with friends (especially bachelor parties do it often) is to book a brewery tour at the city brewery. You’ll learn all about the brewing proces and you’ll do a beer tasting as well.
The Efteling is a wonderful themapark located 20 minutes from Tilburg, in Kaatsheuvel. It’s one of the loveliest theme parks in the world as they’ve created a fairytale atmosphere in the entire park. No neon colours or a plastic overdose here. But lovely buildings in old styles, fairytales that come to live for the little ones and rollercoasters for the dare devils.
Click here to read about the food options at the Efteling.
Another great park close to Tilburg is the Beekse Bergen. It’s a safari park. You can drive through a wide area with all kinds of wildlife like giraffes and lions. I love it how the animals aren’t caged but they can roam (almost) free. There’s also a vacation park where you can spend the night close to the animals and there’s Speelland, a big playground.
You can also go on a vegetarian food tour in Tilburg. It’s like a walking dinner, where you’ll go to 4 restaurants in the city center of Tilburg. You’ll start near the central station and end at the Piushaven harbour. All four dishes that you’ll be eating are vegetarian (vegan is also possible). There’s a reason I know a lot about this tour: I created it!
Click here to read all about the vega foodie tour.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board)
Did you ever go SUP-ing? SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle Board. You can hire SUP boards at Movonne and paddle around the Piushaven. If you’re more adventurous you can also go onto the canal.
Looking for a nice place to have a drink or to go out at night? I recommend the Korte Heuvel. It’s for sure the best place to sit at the terrace on warm days and watch the people walk by. But also at night, it has some of my favourite bars like Cafe Bakker and Bar Leonardo.
Loonse & Drunense Duinen
The sand dunes of the Loonse en Drunense Duinen are a huge nature area North of Tilburg. It’s the biggest inland sand drift area in Western Europe. It’s perfect for a walk or to go mountain-biking or horseback-riding. Each season has got its own charm at the Loonse and Drunense duinen and there are several restaurants where you can have a good lunch or a piece of pie after your walk.
One of the biggest parties of the year in the provinces of Brabant and Limburg is Carnaval. This party (40 days before Easter) was originally the start of the fasting period. Nowadays people just use it as a good excuse to dress up and party. Most people go on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but there are parties happening from Thursday to Tuesday.
Another great party in Tilburg, is the Tilburgse Kermis. This fun fair is the biggest kermis in the Netherlands! It takes place in July and lasts for 10 days. There are over 200 rides! A great day to visit it is on the Monday as it’s Pink Monday to celebrate equality.
Have you ever done aerial yoga? This exercise is a combination of yoga and the circus act tissue. You use the tissue to do all kinds of yoga poses. The tissue will help you stretch further or to support you. It’s a very playful sport and I do it at Movonne every week.
A great activity in Tilburg for the sporty ones is bouldering. At Block013 you can find a big indoor boulder hall. Here you can climb different routes, from easy to more difficult.
Jeu de Boules
There are two great venues where you can play Jeu de Boules (or petanque) in Tilburg. The first one that opened up was Boules Bites Bar. They’ve got several boules courts and they serve drinks and snacks at your table.
The second one that opened is Nondejeu that doesn’t only have boules courts but also have an experience called ‘Prison Island’, where you can do all kinds of activities in several different rooms to earn points. And don’t worry if you’re claustrophobic, the rooms aren’t locked so it isn’t like an escape room.
It’s a classic activity but I always like doing it: bowling. In Tilburg you can go bowling at two locations: Dolfijn and The Voltage. Dolfijn also has an escape room and miniature golf court. The Voltage also has laser gaming and a go-kart track.