Gravensteen is a majestic looking castle in the middle of the town, surrounded by tram tracks, canals and cafes. Entry was free for me with my CityCard.
My brain was obviously on a go-slow because I hadn't thought that, if I wanted to see anything, I was going to have to climb inside the buildings. The visit follows a prescribed course and the stairs are mostly spiral, narrow and worn ... actually going up wasn't too bad and the views at the top were wonderful.
The torture room was ... interesting. It isn't a torture museum and doesn't pretend to be (see one of the previous reviews). It's a room with torture instruments in it. There's also an armoury. Most of the rooms are empty but with information about the history.
Coming down the stairs was another thing entirely. A very kind Dutch(?) couple saw my hesitation and one went in front of me and the other behind which made me feel a great deal safer and I offer them my heartfelt thanks should they be reading this.
Height, or rather steep drop, problems continued right to the end of the trail where the walkway round the inside of the outer wall had a steep drop to the courtyard.
Despite all that, it was a good place to go and visit - I felt by the end that I had learnt something, beaten my fear of heights temporarily and had some great views.
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