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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
09 233 07 72
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Ranked #8 of 114 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
Description: This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Good Views over Ghent, with lots of interest on the way up to the top - Tip: get he lift up and the spiral down stopping at each floor to enjoy the exhibits. My personal favourite was the 'Discarded Bells' floor - so sad :))))

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Auckland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Just the view from the top floor of the visit was worth it for me! The gargoyles look over Ghent and some of the snaps I took look really medieval in style, without any need to edit! The visit is interesting and you get an English explanation guide. If you get vertigo badly or are very scared of heights, climbing... More

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It was amazing, but I am a bit scared of heights and the elevator wasn't working properly, so I had to walk up the stairs which are small, spiral and made of stone, totally horrifying for someone like me - but I still made the choice to go up there. Was a lovely view from where I was pressed against... More

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Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The museum is well interpreted and has an excellent video on the making of carillon bells. There are some stairs, but the elevator is quick and the glass sides give you a view of the tower interior.

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Cambridge
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We spent a long time here - it was a beautiful day, and the views from the top were splendid! The lift is a godsend, but also affords an interesting view as you pass through the floors. There were not too many people - it might be a bit different if people were queueing - but generally there was plenty... More

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Canberra, Australia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
26 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Lots of steps at first and then an elevator to the viewing platform. Unfortunately the platform is very narrow and if people stop to take lots of photos then you end up waiting for long periods for your chance to see what they are seeing. Otherwise, very interesting and worth the cost of admission.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It cost us 6 euros (July 2014). No queuing to go up the tower either, which surprised me - Bruges Belfry was very busy and had about 366 steps up a steep spiral staircase. The Ghent Belfry did have a few steps on a spiral stair case although you could do most of the floors via a lift. I really... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It is quite a hike up to the top but there is a lift. very nice building and great views once you get to the top. I also climbed the belfry in Brugges, again I must say I preferred Ghents Belfry. The only negative comment I have is that there are 3 doors to the building. We went to the... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Friendly staff and an interesting stop. The tower is a steep, narrow climb- worth it, but it would be hard if you have mobility issues or if it was crowded.

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Israel
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I arrived at 19:00, so there was no chance to visit, but you can walk around the castle in the surrounding streets and take nice photos. From every corner you get a different view. Be careful from the street car while you take your photos

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