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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 110 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

At 91 metres the Belfry of Ghent is the tallest of the three medieval towers of the old city centre and the tallest of all the belfries in Belgium . For those that like to tick off UNESCO world heritage sites, this belfry is part of the set of belfries in France and Belgium. Informative and interesting displays on each... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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56 reviews 56 reviews
49 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Belfray and the Cloth Hall is really worth it. Ok, it's a long way up, and if you're not very fit it can be though sometimes. But there are several stops on the way up, to give some more explanation about about the historical and architectural background. That helps to recover a little bit. Once at the top... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Go straight to the top to get a picturesque view of Ghent. Also, be sure to go up the extra flight of stairs to see the actual bells. When I was there, someone was actually playing the bells, which was very interesting. There is an elevator that goes most of the way, but a few narrow flights of stairs may... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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204 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The best point to view the entire city.Very narrow and steep staircase(but there is an elevator,if you don't want to use the stairs)

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Scotland
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56 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We spent a day only in Ghent and unfortunately it was a bit drizzly. We visited the Belry and found this very interesting especially about the Germans using the basement and concealing it with a concrete floor - they had escape tunnels. The carillon was great to hear and it was very interesting to read how the bells were made.... More

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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I don't know who's in charge of the tower's repertoire. I didn't even actually go into the tower or the cloth hall. I did hear the bells ring every single day at all hours of the day and night and found the music quite lovely, but what won me over for all time was when it started playing Lionel Ritchie.... More

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

You can walk to the top or take a lift and we enjoyed the experience. The views are great and the clocks are in good working order. This was more interesting than the castle.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

You have to pay but it is worth using the lift to get to the top. Come down the narrow spiral staircase which is an experience in itself. Great views for the top

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London, United Kingdom
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114 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

There are great views over the centre of the city to be had from the viewing areas just below the clock face. The museum inside the tower isn't particularly interesting, but there was a relatively entertaining film about how they made the bells.

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Comet, Qld
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The Belfry has a very sensible system with a lift you can get to the top then work your way down. We'd been climbing medieval steps for nearly 4 weeks, so our feet were very grateful. An impressive tower with good displays and fabulous views. We were visiting with a friend who lives in the city but had never been... More

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