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Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)

Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This municipal tower was a symbol of the city's autonomy, begun in 1313 and completed in 1380.
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Emile Braunplein, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the belfry expecting to climb up. Was disappointed in the lift that everyone took up and then you walked down. Also views from the top were not all that memorable from our viewpoint as we faced the wrong side of town. Not many...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank fkher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Climbing the tower stairs is enjoyable and tiring. The view up top is worth the work to get up but I found the price a little high — 8 Euros.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sten R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting several old towns in Belgium we now appreciate the function of these watchtower/bell towers. Quite a landmark.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank cookpias
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Limited exhibits however the carillon mechanism is interesting as are the bells. The views from the top are good. There is a lift as the stairs are quite steep and passing people on them can be tight! Overall, well worth it.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 740stuarta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommended. Not only is this Belfry one of Ghent's treasures and is a must see when in the city, it is also a very interesting building in its own right. A six floor history lesson of the city, a steep circular stone staircase for...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank GRAHAM C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Belfort tower is a MUST visit in Ghent. This place is definitely worth visiting. The entrance ticket is 8 e and no need to buy tickets beforehand (I managed to buy the ticket on spot). The big plus is that there is an elevator...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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GilleDeBruycker, Guest Relations Manager at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Very nice words to which we can agree! :)

Reviewed August 13, 2019

This is the icnic bell tower of Ghent. The view from top is excellent if you can climb 300 stairs. The price was 8 Eur.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank himadrigorai
Reviewed August 4, 2019

Stayed here longer than expected. We took the lift to the viewing area about 50m from ground level, for some lovely views around the town and then worked our way down the 4 levels of information about the Towers history. The 10-15 minute video showing...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Lilacwheaty
Reviewed July 16, 2019

If you are a fan of climbing on bell towers, then you might be disappointed by this landmark. There are several things to consider: 1) there is no open place on the top of the tower where you could freely walk to obverse the vicinity...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019

Really enjoyed this and great value for 8 euro - we went up to the top of the tower, watched a fascinating video about how the church bells are made, saw the mechanisms actually working the bell (which you can see every 15 minues), and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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educorreia
January 13, 2019|
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Response from leedjjck | Reviewed this property |
Hi, unfortunately the self tour did not allow anyone to see the bells at the top of the Belfry during the bell ringing...you can only see the huge drum that activates the bells to a certain arrangement/tune.
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roxie144
May 30, 2018|
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Response from R1595PCjohnt | Reviewed this property |
No need to buy tickets ahead of your trip. It will not be so crouded.
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