Gravensteen CastleCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”).
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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
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.
A fabulous place! Its stunning lit up at night and fun to explore during the day. They have a great and funny audio guide which really brought it to life! An absolute must while in Ghent!
Stunning castle in a beautiful part of a very interesting city. Easily spent an hour, felt like being in some medieval movie. :) Nice views of Ghent from the towers. Audio guide wasn't necessary in my opinion.
Beautiful castle. I was not able to get in, despite being on time. The sign said it closed at 6 pm and I arrived a few minutes before 5 pm. As I had still an hour, I walked by admiring its beauty while there was sunlight still. About 17:05 I try to get in, but they say that last entrance was at 5 pm, but in the sign didn't say that. Anyway, I rate it with 5 stars. If you stop by in Ghent, don't miss this.