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Gravensteen Castle

Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
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Ranked #6 of 113 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, History Museums
Description: The only surviving "castle of the count."
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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The castle snuck up on us as I was trying to negotiate the cobblestoned streets of Ghent and we had to find a park and then return for a proper visit. Although it was a pretty windy horrible day outside with intermittent rain the castle provided plenty of shelter. The view from the walls and the top of the tower... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Castle views from outside both at night and during the day are stunning but there's just not enough to totally keep your interest inside and you pay 10 euros for the entry. They do have small electronic devices with headphones but they do not provide historical information about each room - more act out a play. Roof top views are... More

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The castle is beautifully restored and has excellent narration throughout (although it would be great for your English speaking visitors if more narration were in English!). The video provided on ipods was cleverly constructed, but of our party of three (highly educated) adults, only one appreciated the artistic thinking behind it and everyone felt it missed opportunities to describe the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting place steeped in history. Price was a little steep but in my opinion money well spent. Photos and views over the city from the ramparts are a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Although heavily restored in the last 100 years this does not feel Disneyfied as some castles can. The exhibitions of armoury and (somewhat gruesome) instrument of torture are outstanding. Well worth the 10 euro admission fee, and there is a 6 euro charge for young adults (under 26 years). UK Health and Safety obsessives will not like the partly unguarded... More

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Calabasas, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This castle was so medieval and authentic it was a great history lesson. They had "movie" guides in English to listen to as you stopped at each section. The movie was the making of a movie about the castle and in the dialogue of the movie they embedded all the interesting facts about the castle. It was a fun way... More

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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43 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We've been through a lot of castles and don't miss any when we're going through a town. This castle was okay...the auto guides were not available for us in English, so we just read the plaques.

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Brussels, Belgium
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36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The castle was OK. The views of the city were nice but nothing really special in the rooms and in the castle as such. Quite ordinary overall. The day we visited, the movie guides were not available so we had to just read the plaques on the wall and that is not too much fun. The torture room was fine... More

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82 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This old castle really makes you think back to when it was in full operation that you did not want be alive then. The hardship and the torture, amazing. The castle has sign posted around advising you of the direction to go. Part of the castle burnt down many years ago (unsure when). There is a display of weapons, battle... More

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204 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We got first views of this massive edifice on a canal boat trip and it looked most impressive against the blue summer sky. It was fascinating to discover that it was modelled after crusaders castles encountered during the 12th century. The castle is vast and our visit gave a captivating picture of the life and times within its walls. The... More

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