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Gravensteen Castle

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Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 09-225-9306
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10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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The only surviving "castle of the count."

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External views are great

Make sure to walk around the castle from the outside, taking little streets and alleys that dead end into the canal. The castle is pretty especially with the water in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great experience to see a city centre castle with gory exhibits including torturous equipment! Fabulous views from the top.

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Kent UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Going to the castle is fine, but don't bother paying for the entry - without paying you can still walk the wall

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure to walk around the castle from the outside, taking little streets and alleys that dead end into the canal. The castle is pretty especially with the water in the foreground. I did not go inside the castle, as it is a museum of torture and weapons. Interesting history too behind why a castle is built in the middle... More 

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Bristol UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth exploring. Absolutely not suitable for disabled or those with vertigo. Best views of the City from the ramparts and an impressive collection of torture instruments. Good, multi-lingual informative signs

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The castle was interesting enough, with nice views from the ramparts. But although it was built as a residence, the castle was later used as a Palace of Justice, complete with prison, torture chambers and execution equipment. The castle exhibits focus mainly on this particular phase of its history. It wasn't really up our alley. We got nice views of... More 

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Genoa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is one of the most crowded places in town, but the sightseeing is magnificent, especially at night

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This castle was the highlight of our trip to Ghent. The kids loved it and we learnt a lot along the way. The exhibition of torture instruments is not for the faint hearted though as you really get a sense of some of the horrific methods that were used in the past to force a confession. Kids (aged 11 and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an enjoyable experience. This castle has been restored to such a high level that it really gives you a feel for how people lived centuries ago and gives a real insight into some of the history of Belgium. It's relatively cheap (around €6) and right in the centre of Bruge. Very child friendly too. Definitely worth a visit if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a castle lover, I really enjoyed the visit to Gravensteen. Beautiful place, although it has some reconstructions you still feel like you're in the middle age...ish. Has some interesting exhibitions inside but the best part is the view at the rooftop. Nice spot to get some city pictures. *I recommend entering before 4pm as the castle closes at 6pm... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

somehow we didn't even know this castle was here.. just stumbled across it on a lazy stroll through the town. well worth a peek.

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