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About Ghent

An elegant city where medieval streets and historic monuments jostle with winding canals and modern museums, Ghent makes a relaxing city break. Families will enjoy strolling the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, couples will love the romantic boat rides along the canal, and culture-seekers will be impressed by the city’s art treasures.

Things to see and do

  • Grevensteen Castle - The only surviving castle of the Count of Flanders features a moat, turrets, guillotine and torture devices.
  • Museum voor Schone Kunst (Museum of Fine Arts) - Contains a beautifully presented collection of early and modern art, including work from Flemish artists.
  • Werregarensteeg (Graffiti Alley) - A tiny alley near the city centre where graffiti art is permitted and celebrated.
  • Ghent City Centre - With its cobblestone streets, medieval buildings and winding canals, Ghent’s Old Town is the perfect place to see the city in all its beauty.
  • STAM (Ghent City Museum) - Traces the story of Ghent through engaging displays and interactive exhibits.
  • Admire Ghent’s medieval buildings on a walking tour of Graslei and Korenlei.
  • Enjoy a plate of mussels and a cold glass of RoomeR at one of the waterfront restaurants in the Old Town.
  • Marvel at the numerous treasures housed at the Sint-Baafskathedraal (St. Bavo’s Cathedral), including the famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ painting by Hubert and Jan van Eyck.
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage from Sint-Baafsplein for a tour across the city.

Ghent Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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14th April 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

Weekend itinerary in Ghent, Belgium

Some people might never heard of Ghent before unlike Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. Despite being the country’s oldest city, Ghent is truly the gem of Belgium. This unique and romantic place is rich in medieval and classical architecture. The whole city looks like an open-air museum. The vibrant colors enrich the center of trade and culture. Its industrial ambiance is a perfect contrast for the medieval building and spectacular landscape views. This region from Western Europe is not all...

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11th March 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

15 best things to do in Ghent, Belgium

A confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, the port city of Ghent “Gent” is located. It is the capital and largest city of the Flanders region and the second-largest municipality in Belgium. Some people might never hear of Ghent before unlike Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. Despite being the country’s oldest city, Ghent is truly the gem of Belgium. This unique and romantic place is rich in medieval and classical architecture. The whole city looks like an open-air museum. The vibrant...

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15th July 2019 by The Wandering Quinn

How to visit 3 cities in Belgium in 3 days – Bruges, Brussels & Ghent

I feel like Belgium doesn’t get as visited as many other countries in Europe which is strange because it offers great architecture, chocolate, and beer and what more do you really need? If you’re looking for a short European city break from the UK or elsewhere in Europe, Belgium is a good answer because you can see a lot of places in Belgium in a short amount of time due to the size of the cities, the size of the country and a good train system. I visited Belgium for a long weekend over...

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1st March 2021 by TravMonkey

Craft beer lovers weekend itinerary in Ghent

I took a quick trip Ghent over a long weekend, taking advantage of how easy it is to get there with the Eurostar from London. I’ve been to Ghent a few times before and was always struck by how little people talk about it in comparison to Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp. I’ve always found this historic old university town fairly underrated in the grand scheme of things. Thankfully it means fewer tourists (although there’s still a fair few) and more local experiences on offer. If the lure of...

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