Use Our Search Form to Check Prices & Availability
Ghent - To See & Do - Streets and Squares


One of Ghent’s most picturesque streets which overlooks the River Leie on the site of the city’s mediaeval harbour. It is lined with perfectly preserved guildhouses, some dating from the 12th century, including the Guildhouse of the Free Boatmen at no 14 which is decorated with nautical scenes, and the Corn Measurers’ House next door whose façade is decorated with cartouches and garlands of fruit. The Toll House at no 11 is the smallest house in the city and a fine example of Flemish Renaissance architecture.

The Patershol

Developed in the 17th century to house the city’s weavers and refurbished in the 1980’s, this pretty area with quaint lanes and low brick houses, is now one of the city’s trendiest areas with upmarket cafes, restaurants and shops.

The Vrijdagmarkt

Once the political centre of Ghent, this pretty square was used for public meetings and executions. On one side stands the Dulle Griet, a fifteenth century cannon, supposedly the most powerful siege gun ever built, but whose barrel cracked the first time it was fired and whose 340g cannonball only flew a metre. Nowadays there is a good selection of bars, pavement cafes and market stalls.


Once the site of the huge castle known as Prinsenhof, dating back to the 13th century, this was also the birthplace of Emperor Charles V in 1500. His statue stands in the peaceful square, near the only part of the castle still standing, the Donkere Poort. Ultra modern houses are now mixed in with the old workers’ cottages, whilst a model shows how the castle used to look.

Korenmarkt & St Niklaaskerk

Once the site of the corn market and the commercial centre of the city since the Middle Ages, this area is now a popular area for cafes. At one end stands St Niklaaskerk, built as the sailors’ church in early 13th century and considered the most beautiful of Ghent’s 59 churches.

See more photos »
1 of 49: Ghent
2 of 49: Ghent
3 of 49: Ghent
4 of 49: Ghent
5 of 49: Ghent
6 of 49: Ghent
7 of 49: Ghent
8 of 49: Ghent
9 of 49: Ghent
10 of 49: Ghent
11 of 49: Ghent
12 of 49: Ghent
13 of 49: Ghent
14 of 49: Ghent
15 of 49: Ghent
16 of 49: Ghent
17 of 49: Ghent
18 of 49: Ghent
19 of 49:
20 of 49:
21 of 49:
22 of 49:
23 of 49:
24 of 49:
25 of 49:
26 of 49:
27 of 49:
28 of 49:
29 of 49:
30 of 49:
31 of 49:
32 of 49:
33 of 49:
34 of 49:
35 of 49:
36 of 49:
37 of 49:
38 of 49:
39 of 49:
40 of 49:
41 of 49:
42 of 49:
43 of 49:
44 of 49:
45 of 49:
46 of 49:
(©)Toerisme Me©helen
47 of 49:
48 of 49:
(©)Toerisme Me©helen
49 of 49:

Home > Ghent Travel Guide

Short Break Search...

Select a Product:
Select a Destination:
Travel By:
Hotel Only
Departing From (please select):
Arriving At:
Vehicle Type:
(For multiple or other vehicle types please call 01489 866932)
Departure Date & Time
Return Date & Time


Available from Great Escapes

View our destinations here:


Brochure Request

Latest Great Escapes Brochure

Download or order a copy of our latest brochure:

Great Escapes Brochure »


Monday 05 October 2015 00:40:03

™ Great Escapes is a trading name of © Serenity Holidays Ltd ‐ All rights reserved © 2015



Exclusive Offers with Great Escapes

Enter your details below to receive discounted holiday offers.