We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Gravensteen Castle

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 09-225-9306
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Description:

The only surviving "castle of the count."

Book In Advance
More Info
$157.97*
and up
Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
More Info
$52.53*
and up
Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
More Info
$122.19*
and up
Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,366 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 468
    Excellent
  • 481
    Very good
  • 150
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Reconstructed castle with interesting history in display inside

First, this is not suitable if you have mobility issues at this stage. There are a lot of spiral staircases, but, lots to see & a great view of the city from the top.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Cath R
,
Kent, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

2,366 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,123: English reviews
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This building dating back to 1180 really gives you a feeling of going back in time. Gravensteen, meaning castle of the counts in Flemish has a history of being a castle, a prison and a courthouse now restored to it's original state can be visited for only 10 euro which includes a movie guide. Just one of the many great... More 

Helpful?
Thank aquaqs
Bruges, Belgium
Level Contributor
74 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Count of Flanders wanted his own castle so he built one. This is exactly what you think of when you think "Castle". Its like stepping back into the medieval ages. The Count didn't actually live there for long so its uses became varied after. There is actually a really cool torture museum in it too.

Helpful?
Thank Sydney H
Blankenberge, Belgium
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the Gravensteen you find an amazing treasure of historical architecture and a museum of the middle ages. Walking through the medieval castle you'll think your a knight. Tak your lovely lady with you !

Helpful?
Thank vaxan
Kent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
148 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First, this is not suitable if you have mobility issues at this stage. There are a lot of spiral staircases, but, lots to see & a great view of the city from the top.

Helpful?
Thank Cath R
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the castle, history, friendly staff, informative, fun to visit, interesting displays, easy to find my way around.

Helpful?
Thank Candice B
Antwerp, Belgium
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A well kept castle wich made my childhood appeal to knights reappear. There are still alot of weapons and torture equipment to be seen.

Helpful?
Thank Jens C
Hayward, California
Level Contributor
60 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is at one edge of the town, but not too far from underground parking in main square. Well worth a visit; very nice armoury and rooms.

Helpful?
Thank Nino L
Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Ghent in August with our four kids (ages 5-11) and this castle was the highlight. It's open, easy to follow directions with about 15 stopping points along the way with brief explanation of each point (e.g. great hall, duke's chambers, chapel, etc.). There's just enough props to keep you interested (suits of armor, torture instruments, etc.) to keep you... More 

Helpful?
Thank Russell A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
99 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great castle to visit! Torture museum in there too! The view is great from the towers and the old Latrines are interesting. Nice views and lots of information. Closes at 5pm and 6pm in summer. €7 adult, €6.50 under 26. Lots of fun!

Helpful?
Thank MarinaMj
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have never been to a castle and happen to be in Ghent and want to see one, this is not a bad place to start. In case you are wondering it is not stroller friendly, lots of stairs for those that struggle with climbing. Price is average for city attractions here. Not a lot to see though. A... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jennifer S

Travelers who viewed Gravensteen Castle also viewed

Ghent, East Flanders Province
Ghent, East Flanders Province
 
Ghent, East Flanders Province
 

Been to Gravensteen Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gravensteen Castle and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Gravensteen Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?