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Gravensteen Castle

Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
09-225-9306
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Ranked #5 of 110 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, History Museums
Description: The only surviving "castle of the count."
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Bagshot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Gravensteen (Castle of the counts) was a great visit - the castle is very impressive from the outside, and that feeling remains when you start going through the rooms. The panels are quite informative but don't overload you with information, and the site is a good size to spend a couple of hours. The highlight was the armoury room -... More

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Toongabbie, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is your typical medieval castle, built 1100s - you won't care that it has been heavily restored, you will be too busy pretending you are in Game of Thrones, admiring the views of Ghent and trying not to fall down the spiral staircases! Loved the flags on top, and the battlements walk. Not a fan of the torture stuff... More

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Manchester, England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Not a very authentic castle - heavily restored - but great views of the city. We had a Ghent City Card and enjoyed our included visit to the Castle but not sure we would have paid the high entry fee if not.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Besides the architecture visit also the Arms Collection as well as the torture instruments. Incredible what persons are capable to do to others!

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Saskatoon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

If you are a castle fan, this one is not to be missed. I can't come up with another castle that is so typically a medieval 'castle'. Beautifully restored and well maintained it worth the visit. I hope the city manages to finish restoration fully. The cross window of the Knights Templar is quite awesome. The light streaming through it,... More

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Yogya
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167 reviews 167 reviews
117 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

If you are in Ghent, this castle is obviously a must to do thing. It was properly maintained but to be honest compared to other castles or chateau that I saw before, this castle is less interesting.

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gent/belgium
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38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Must be number one on your list! Fully restored 11th century castle, complete with armours, weapons, instruments of torture.... Kids will like it. Very instructive. Enjoy! Guido and Marlène, Gent

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Ghent, Belgium
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The original castle of the count of Flanders, well worth the visit if you're interested in medieval history and the time of the Knights. With a chamber and many instruments of torture!

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gloucestershire
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Entrance was free with a voucher from the hotel so worth a visit.Some good history and a well restored caslte

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Locust Grove, Ga
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15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Enjoyed touring this castle and climbing up through the little stairways and such. Some armor and weapons on display. Good views of the city from the top and a fun visit.

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