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Things to do in Ghent

There are loads of things to do in Ghent, so you are sure to find plenty to keep you occupied no matter how long you choose to spend here.

Full of medieval buildings, cosy cafés, and pretty canals, Ghent is a wonderful place to visit for a weekend or a longer break.

As it takes less than an hour to drive there from Zeebrugge, or a little under two hours from Calais, you can be exploring with your car in no time.

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City of Ghent in Belgium

Things to do in Ghent

Discover Ghent’s History Ghent offers the perfect city break for those with a passion for history, as during the Middle Ages it was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe, which means that it is home to plenty of beautiful buildings that still look incredible today.

A journey through the north of Ghent will present you with imposing fortresses, grandiose churches, bell towers and ancient houses of rich merchant traders, and in the very heart of the city you will find Gravensteen Castle. One of Ghent's most visited attractions, the castle was inspired by the crusader citadels and offers panoramic views of the city skyline from its ramparts.

St. Bavo Cathedral is another popular landmark, and is home to the infamous altarpiece Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a complex 15th century panel painting that is considered as one of the finest examples of Flemish art.
St Bavo Cathedral in Ghent

St Michaels Bridge View in Ghent

Take Photos on St. Michael’s Bridge

For the best photo opportunity in Ghent, head to St. Michael’s Bridge which is the only place where you can take a photo of all three of Ghent’s medieval towers, St. Nicholas’ Church, Belfry of Ghent, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral, in one shot.

From this viewing point, you will also be able to look down the river to the Wheat Market, a square that is surrounded by some of Ghent’s most historic buildings which are now home to bars and restaurants

This striking stone arch bridge has a lantern at its centre that boasts a bronze statue of St. Michael, and if you try to visit the bridge at twilight you will be able to see the city’s buildings illuminated against the night sky.

Tour the City by Boat

As with many Belgian cities, one of the best ways to explore Ghent is via its canals on a fun and informative boat tour. You don’t have to book these boat tours in advance and can choose to hop on when you’ve done too much walking, or just want to see the city from a different perspective.

Alternatively, there are some longer boat tours that you can book [link] in advance which give you the chance to learn even more about Ghent’s fascinating history and striking architecture.

Canal boat tour in Ghent

Espresso Whipped Cream in Ghent

Eating and Drinking in Ghent

When looking for something to eat and drink in Ghent, head to Kouter, the bustling grand square, as this is the perfect place to take a stroll alongside locals while enjoying some of the fine wine and oysters produced in the region.

Ghent is fast becoming one of the top foodie destinations in Belgium, celebrated for its delicious seasonal approach to cooking, with many rustic dishes inspired by the Flemish countryside throughout the year. There's something for everyone, whether you're looking to treat the family to traditional Belgian waffles or spend the evening in a romantic restaurant.

If you fancy a proper Belgian coffee, head to Mokabon, a cosy and traditional coffee shop that sells the country’s signature espresso topped with whipped cream.

There are loads of things to do in Ghent, and we guarantee that you will love exploring this beautiful city, so don’t delay in booking your Hull to Zeebrugge crossing today.

For the best photo opportunity in Ghent, head to St. Michael’s Bridge which is the only place where you can take a photo of all three of Ghent’s medieval towers in one shot

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