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Gravensteen Castle

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Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
Phone Number: 09-225-9306
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Description: The only surviving "castle of the count."

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Interesting castle

This is an interesting castle . Difficult to get around if you have mobility issues because of the incessant spiral staircases to reach the top! All I could think of was that I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting castle . Difficult to get around if you have mobility issues because of the incessant spiral staircases to reach the top! All I could think of was that I had to climb down again! There was an impressive display of medieval torture tools including a guillotine! One thing that I did NOT line was that they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting castle with cool history. If it's it crowded, you can get through the castle in about an hour. No cafe/edibles but plenty near by. Has a fascinating collection of medieval torture devices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Children wants to visit this monument and during the period of the Gentse Feesten /Ghent Feast in July you can have a Middle Age meal or breakfast in this monument. It is filled up with all kinds of knifes and other instuments to kill people or to let them confess, at is has been longtime a prison!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This place was amazing. Each section you walked in had its own piece of history. The room with the armor and old weapons was incredible and the room that had the guillotine was unreal. The castle was fantastic inside and out. I would highly recommend spending the 10 euros on seeing this incredible place.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Pleasant enough to walk round. In the centre there is a display of armoury & guns. My other half expected more guns as he'd been told that this was one of the largest collections. There is an English info card at the desk you have to ask for it. Views were nice from the top. I personally like the view... More 

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Saint Folquin, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I can't say I'm likely to return again, but I did very much enjoy the experience today! The torture and weapon displays were really interesting. 10 euros is a fine price. The views from the ramparts are gorgeous, staff friendly.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Had a great time walking around the castle. Definitely take a look at the view from the top because it is beautiful. Only problem we encountered was that some displays were not written in English.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We spent 1 1/2 hours looking around the castle and exhibits which are very well displayed. Much of the information is in 4 languages and there are printed sheets giving translations of the Dutch where this stands alone. The staff were friendly and very helpful. We would have liked some historical information about the castle. There is a round walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Unlike many castles dating from this period Gravensteen Castle has been fully reconstructed so that the visitor can experience how the castle has been used over the centuries by noble families and the local court system. Young children were happily climbing the battlements in costume and were impressed by the weapons.

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Oahu, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I were staying nearby and we decided to check out Gravensteen Castle one afternoon. I was a bit skeptical about how entertaining the castle would be, and my intuition was validated as I thought the entire experience left much to be desired and not worth the price of admission of €10 per person. The "movie guide" was... More 

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