Gravensteen CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:15 pm Details
- Phone: 329-2259306
- Ticket Price: 10 EUR
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building
Gravensteen Castle - Review
Indomitable. That’s the first word in my head when I look at Gravensteen. With two metre thick walls, a medieval moat, a time worn look and a prominent position on the Ghent skyline, the castle of the counts overlooks the city like a stolid watcher. Philip of Alsace built the castle of stone in 1180 when he was between Crusades (there used to be three wooden fortifications on the spot before. Till the 15th century, it served as the seat of the Count’s power a fact highlighted by the execution grounds right next to the castle. Once the counts moved out it was alternately used as a courthouse, a prison, a mint and a cotton plant. So when you’re visiting, there are three things you must absolutely check out one, the panorama from atop the tower; two, the gruesomely torture chamber exhibit; three, the weapons and armour exhibit. Oh, and four the Knights Templar cross window.
The Gravensteen Castle was built during the period of Crusades to serve as a look out for the entire city and was also the seat of power from where the Count used to rule. Tickets for Gravensteen Castle are available on the spot but take a long time to purchase at times because of heavy rush. So if you wish to buy tickets for Gravensteen Castle or even check Gravensteen Castle ticket prices before chalking out a trip plan then visit our ticket booking section. Combine your Gravensteen Castle tickets with other combo packages to get some attractive offers and discounts.
Gravensteen Castle Information
- Parking at P1 Vrijdagmarkt, P7 Sint-Michiels, and P8 Ramen.
- You can eat and drink in the central court.
- Flash photography is prohibited.
- The gift shop is insanely good not your usual memorabilia.
- Not handicap friendly.
- Excellent movie guide.
Gravensteen Castle Ticket Prices
- EUR 6 for age between 19 to 25 years and EUR 7.5 for people age above 65 years, teachers.
- Tickets Free for carers of disabled, younger than 18 years.
How To reach Gravensteen Castle by Public Transport
- Train: Ghent Sint-Pieters station: tram 1 or 4 (stop “Gravensteen”).
- Bus: Public transport from GhentSint-Pieters station: lines 3, 17, 18, 38 and 39 (stop “Korenmarkt”).
Restaurants Near Gravensteen Castle
- Karel de Stoute
- De Lieve
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Things to Know Before Visiting Gravensteen Castle
95% of people who visit Ghent include Gravensteen Castle in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
45.39% of people start their Gravensteen Castle visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Gravensteen Castle
76.21% of people prefer walking in order to reach Gravensteen Castle
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Gravensteen Castle, Ghent Reviews
Easy to access as it’s right in the middle of the town, and only 10 euros. A clever guided audio tour walks you through the castle and you can access from the ramparts to the dungeon and everything in between. Excellent city views. Great explanations of the rooms and their uses. Some interesting articles from the medieval time. The most interesting part is the story of the people who built it and lived there brought to life. Well done.
An impressive castle in the centre of Ghent. The majority of it is intact, with a courtyard suitable for picnics. The real stand out winner though is the English audio tour. It presents the history of the castle in a unique and hilarious way. Whoever scripted the tour guide deserves a lot of credit as it is one of the best I've ever heard. Castle = great. Castle + audio tour = priceless.
I usually love castles as I like that part of the history. This castle is very well preserved and it worths the visit. You can see almost the whole building and a nice arm collection (though not too big). There is no furniture inside, just the building. Recommended visit if you go to Ghent. Also, the audio guide provided with the entrance will give you a better understanding of the visit
Visited this place with my son as he's fascinated with old castles. The castle is in a good state and fun to walk though. Not a whole lot on display so it's primarily to see the building itself and the views from it. Quite special to see such a castle in the heart of a city. Beware on the other wall there are no handrails and kids could fall down quite a bit. Definitely not a place suitable for strollers or wheelchairs due to the many steps. I feel the entrance fee of 10 euros is a bit too high for what you get though. 6 euros would be better in balance for what you get.
It was 10 euro to get in. There is an audio tour that's included. I thought it was worth seeing. The audio tour was a bit quirky at times, but nice to have the commentary as you went through the castle. There's a fair amount to see - you are guided through the castle by numbered signs for the audio tour. The tour takes you through several rooms, up to the top of the castle and along the wall.