Glorious Ghent hits the perfect note for a family visit!
Having spent most of February working our way across the UK’s most interesting cities, we’ve seen our share of impressive spires, imposing cathedrals and historic centres…. But Ghent (or Gent to locals) in Belgium is something else!!! It has a little of Amsterdam & Bordeaux about it.
As regular readers will know, we love an opportunity to test a ‘City Card’ and Ghent certainly came up trumps with their ‘CityCard Gent‘… it offers free public transport on any number of water trams, trams, buses. But also provides opportunities to see the city by boat cruise or to hire cycles for the day! Perfect for an energetic family keen to explore!
This impressive building has had many uses over the years, including prisons and market places… yet just wait until your kids start to investigate the catacombs, cellars and torture chamber… Having recently visited the London Dungeons, this is far less gruesome and certainly gives a real taste for what it must have been like to be a prisoner there… But don’t forget to take the castle walls tour, head up to the battements and take a little time to read the excellent information boards…
Every city will have Something special
If you’ve got musical kids, why not try climbing the Belfort Tower… they can even use the supplied bell ringing instruments (beaters) to their heart’s content… even trying to chime in with the bells as they play out for the good people of Ghent.
So if you love a decent tower climb, don’t forget to check out our posts for Porto, Bordeauxand York.
It’s been a fantastic first 24hrs in Ghent, we’re keeping our fingers crossed the next 24hrs can match it!