Escape to romantic Ghent! Enjoy its museums, history and theatre.

Ghent is the perfect place to stroll around and take in culture. Take a detour along the river Leie and visit historic buildings such as the Belfry, Huis van Alijn and St-Baafskathedraal. Explore them on your own or take a guided tour and discover what this Belgian city has to offer.

According to the experts, the area around Ghent has been inhabited since the Stone Age with the first signs of settlements dating back to the 4th century. During the first half of the Middle Ages Ghent was the most important city in the Low Lands together with Bruges, which is still clearly visible today from the many beautiful monuments that are left.

You can enjoy beautiful views of the city from the top of the 95 metre high Gothic Belfry. Next to the Belfry, you will find St-Baafskathedraal, where you can admire the famous painting 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb'. Art lovers are in for a real treat at Caermersklooster and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, where they can admire paintings and statues from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century. The 12-century Gravensteen, the only remaining mediaeval castle in Flanders, is also well worth visiting.

A lot of the city centre has been pedestrianised so you can stroll around at your ease or take the tram. Admire the city's attractions on one of the 1 or 2-hour walking tours. You can also tour the city by boat or horse and carriage. It's a great destination whether you take the kids or spend a romantic afternoon with your partner.

Ghent is easily reached from the Netherlands by car or public transport. There is no direct connection so you will probably have to change trains in Antwerp. If you're coming from Maastricht, you'll change trains in Liège.

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Museums, Tours and Historical Buildings

Top hotels in Ghent

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof
4 out of 5
Hoogstraat 36, Ghent
£121
per night
11 Oct-12 Oct
4.8/5Exceptional! (176 reviews)

"I think this is the nicest place to stay in Ghent. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the food is excellent."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof
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NH Gent Belfort
4 out of 5
Hoogpoort 63, Ghent
£106
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (1,081 reviews)

"Our 3 nights stay was met with very comfy beds and very clean rooms. We stayed in the newer renovated rooms so we really appreciated no carpets and the updated closets and room decor. Would highly recommend this property. Walking distance to most main attractions, restaurants and shops."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019

NH Gent Belfort
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ibis budget Gent Centrum Dampoort
2.5 out of 5
Kleindokkaai 27, Ghent, BE
£60
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (260 reviews)

"The hotel is quite new and the layout of the room is great!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019

ibis budget Gent Centrum Dampoort

Popular things to do in Ghent

Gravensteen Castle
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Gravensteen Castle

4.5/5 (54 Ratings)

One of the only remaining medieval castles in Flanders, this historic fortress provides a fascinating insight into the weaponry, culture, and drama of Ghent’s past. 

Saint Bavo Cathedral
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Saint Bavo Cathedral

4.5/5 (54 Ratings)

One of the iconic Three Towers of Ghent, this historic cathedral is known for its outstanding collection of art. 

Belfry of Ghent
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Belfry of Ghent

4.5/5 (37 Ratings)

Visit one of Ghent’s most famous attractions, an imposing tower that defines the city’s skyline and symbolizes its independence. 

Ghent Town Hall
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Ghent Town Hall

4/5 (10 Ratings)

See one of the city’s most unusual landmarks, a striking building constructed over the course of almost four centuries. 

St. Nicholas' Church
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St. Nicholas' Church

A beautiful example of Scheldt Gothic architecture, this striking blue-gray church is among the oldest landmarks in the city. 

Citadel Park
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Citadel Park

This popular public park is among the most important green spaces in the city, home to pleasant paths and several unique museums. 

Top activities in Ghent

Discovery of Ghent from Brussels
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Discovery of Ghent from Brussels

£34

The city of Ghent is truly the hidden treasure of Flanders and our guide will help you discover all its secrets. The heart of Ghent boasts numerous impressive medieval buildings such as the Town Hall, the Belfry Tower, the Cloth Hall, Saint-Nicolas’ church.

Vacation Photographer in Ghent
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Vacation Photographer in Ghent

£25

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Ghent, Belgium - Full Day Tour, incl. pick up & drop off
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Ghent, Belgium - Full Day Tour, incl. pick up & drop off

£110

Join our full day (12 hrs!), small group (shared) tour to Ghent in Belgium. You can wait comfortably in your hotel in Amsterdam to start your day trip to Ghent, as hotel pick up (and drop off) in Amsterdam is included. Your tour guide will pick you up between 8:30 am and 9:00 am.

Ghent & Bruges departure from Bruges & Ostend
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Ghent & Bruges departure from Bruges & Ostend

£37

Discover two of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow our guide back in time! Ghent’s medieval architecture and youthful vibrant atmosphere will impress you.

Ghent : Beer and Chocolate Adventure
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Ghent : Beer and Chocolate Adventure

£75

Looking for your next destination in Belgium. Tour the city of Ghent, conveniently situated between Brussels and Bruges. Visit the sights of this quirky, charming city in just 4 hours and indulge yourself in its unique history and local Belgian beer flavours.

World War I Battlefields in Flanders
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World War I Battlefields in Flanders

£83

Your visit first takes you to a very moving German Cemetery, from where we drive to a section of the WW1 trenches. You visit the Monument of the ‘Brooding Soldier’, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack.