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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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Luton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were advised by our B&B owner to visit his castle in Ghent and it wasn't a disappointment. It seems quite small from the outside, and costs €10 to enter, but it was well worth the money and the trip! All the different parts of the castle are numbered 1-14, and it is really easy to follow. It has some... More

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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Extremely cool castle grounds, surrounded partly by a moat. You can climb on top of the castle and get a nice view of some of the city. Inside the castle is a museum of torture with a bunch of bizarre devices used back in the day. The whole thing shouldn't take more than 45 minutes to an hour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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

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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132 reviews 132 reviews
43 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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