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Gravensteen Castle

Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
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Ranked #10 of 115 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: The only surviving "castle of the count."

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Where else but Belgium would you find a museum of torture? A fantastic display of cruelty and punishment housed in an impressive city castle. Have a couple of Duvels before you go round to complete the experience.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Really well refurbished castle fort which is still on going work to it, great views from the top all around Ghent. The torture rooms have some really dark stories which put a different spin on the beauty of it after a while but make it pretty fun all the same. Well worth the €10 entry fee.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Great castle which has been rebuilt in some areas and with a really scary collection of torture equipment. We enjoyed it in spite of the rain. Really worth a look round.

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Brussels, Belgium
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

prepare your-self to climb rounding stairs with small places. interesting things inside to see like torture tools. very nice view on the city

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Topeka, Kansas
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45 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Gravensteen Castle was built in 1180 by count Philip of Alsace and was modeled after the crusaders castles that he had encountered participating in the second crusade. The castle is well preserved and architecturally impressive.Travelling with family, including 5 grandchildren, we appreciated that children are admitted free - so the price was right!! Inside is a museum with armor, weapons,... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A well- preserved castle with good exhibits in some of the rooms. There are spiral staircases to get up and down but there is a one-way system throughout so you don't meet people coming the opposite way - it wouldn't suit those who are elderly and find stairs difficult though. I hate heights and spiral stairs but I made it... More

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Manila, Philippines
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206 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This castle is unusual since it is in the middle of the town. Most medieval castles are on a hill or mountain. The admission fee included a "movie guide". It told stories about people who lived in the castle. This was interesting but rather lengthy, like listening to medieval gossip. Visiting this castle requires climbing a lot of stairs. If... More

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Ghent Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Good for young people to see how living was in the Middle-age, especcialy the torture instruments. I am living in Ghent ! wonderfull city. If you have the opportunity to listen to a concert there : do it !

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Ghent, Belgium
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Gravensteen Castle is just the real thing. A real Midieval castle. A more realistic look to the past is just not possible. And across the main gate, in "The Mix", they serve the best coctails in the region. Even the non alcoholic coctails taste like there's alcohol in it. ... true craftsmen work.

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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Good and simple castle for children or for those who have never seen other more ornate and well-furnished castles before. It comes with a free movieguide that is a safety hazard if you find yourself watching the video while traipsing up and down the spiral stairs of the castle. Watch your step!

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