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Guided tours

The Guides of Ghent offer a wide range of guided tours. Select your tour and book your guide.

Following the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Ghent Flower Show will be postponed until April 2021

What did Ghent look like in the 15th century during the reign of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy? Who was alderman Joos Vijd and why did he commission such an expensive altarpiece from the brothers Van Eyck? Where did he get the money from?

The Ghent folk have enjoyed the beautiful landscape Citadel Park for more than a century. It was laid out on the site of the old citadel. Take a walk with our guide in more than fifteen hectares of lush green landscape.

You will discover the true story of one of the world’s most coveted works of art

A guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic centre. You will also visit the Cathedral and its best known treasure: the Mystic Lamb aka the Ghent Altar Piece.

Are you ready for a dive into Ghent’s past? An experienced guide takes you along the treasures of the historic centre. You’ll be amazed by the fascinating history, art and culture.

A guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic centre. In addition, you will visit the Cathedral with its ancient art treasures.

A guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic centre. Furthermore, you will participate in an exclusive visit inside the town hall.

Our guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic heart. Including a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Belfry, symbols of liberty and economic power of the medieval city.

A guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic centre. During this tour you will also savour some local delicacies.

Our guide takes you on an adventure through the heart of the city. The ideal way to experience the city through children’s eyes.

Walk along the nicest locations in the historic heart of the city. The Ghent guide will cheer up the atmospere with his humour and enthusiasm.

Join us for a walk through the “Patershol” (“Cavern of the Fathers”) and Prince’s Court, two beautiful districts where the medieval soul of Ghent is still alive.

Schizophrenic and flamboyant, that is how the 600-year-old town hall of Ghent is described. A description it owes to the contrasting architecture of its façades. Find out the real story of the buildings inside with our guide.

Ghent, February 24, 1500. A proud town celebrates the birth of her most famous resident: the Emperor Charles V, one of the most powerful monarchs ever in European history. Forty years later love has come to an end. Find out about the love-hate relationship between the Ghent people and their emperor.

For more than a thousand years, the Saint Bavo Cathedral has been a part of the Ghent skyline. Join our guide and discover a world of faith and prayer, of art and intrigues …

How did a medieval count show that he had power? By means of a fortress of course! The Ghent Counts' Castle was once the pride of the Counts of Flanders. Please enter and jump into the past!

How did a medieval count show that he had power? By means of a fortress of course! The Ghent Counts' Castle was once the pride of the Count of Flanders. Jump into the past inside and outside the fortress.

How did a medieval count show that he had power? By means of a fortress of course! The Ghent Counts’ Castle was once the pride of the Counts of Flanders. Our guide will bring the past to life for the little ones!

Opening in March 2017 De Krook has been shortlisted ever so often as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The library at the Ghent South is a real gem of design….and so much more!

For some it is art, for others it is rubbish. What is the policy of the city with regard to graffiti? Learn everything about ‘tags’ and ‘pieces’ and leave your own signature.

Filliers is a lot more than just the classic grain jenever. The range includes also gin, whisky and vodka. Because they all belong to the same family. Get an insider’s look in the largest grain distillery in Flanders.

On board in Belgium’s third largest sea port. The sea port of Ghent is the industrial heart of the town. Go on board of a special vessel and learn all about the North Sea Port, the ‘access gate to Europe’.

Welcome in Belgium’s third largest sea port! The port of Ghent is the industrial heart of the town. On this tour you will learn all about the North Sea Port, the ‘access gate to Europe’.

The world’s oldest profession is very well known in Ghent. Our guide will take you to the famous and less known red-light quarters in this town.

Food and sexual pleasure have always been a happy match, also in Ghent: love goes through the stomach! Our guide will take gourmet travellers on a titillating walk in town.

Just outside the centre, behind Saint-Peter Station, you wil find a number of impressive country houses from the interbellum. Discover the Millionaires’ Quarter, once the location of the famous World Exhibition of 1913

Also crazy about Ghent? In the STAM museum the story of the origin and the evolution of the city is brought to life in the unique setting of the Bijloke abbey.

Also crazy about Ghent? In the STAM museum the story of the origin and the evolution of the city is brought to life in the unique setting of the Bijloke abbey.

Beer, the number one beverage, makes a comeback in the city. Or has the barley beer never completely disappeared? Why not discover with us the past and future of beer and breweries in Ghent?

The St Nicholas Church on the Corn Market has a tragic but incredibly rich history. Follow our guide and learn the story of its construction and of the restoration that lasted decades.

What does the last resting place of singer Luc De Vos look like? Which other famous people lie buried in Campo Santo? Which tomb was first? Who was buried in it? You can learn all about this on our fascinating guided tour of Campo Santo.

What used to be a medieval monastery and hospital has become a popular international cultural and museum complex only a stone’s throw away from the center of Ghent. Welcome to the site of De Bijloke!

Of all the channels in Ghent, the Coupure is one of the most sought after residential environments in the city. But that wasn't always the case ... Join us on a tour along the attractive watercourse with its many faces.

Enjoying local beers or even something stronger ‘between pot and pint’, that is what this guided tour boils down to. Our guide will be happy to share a few spicy bar stories with you. An ideal experience to impress your friends!

A mere few minutes away from St Bavo Cathedral lies a unique spot of Ghent’s rich past in an oasis of natural tranquillity: the ruined abbey of St Bavo.

Jump on your bike and follow our guide on a bike tour showing you many well-known and secret green spots in Ghent and around.

Do you love water? Then Ghent is the place to be… Get on your bike and cycle with us along the most beautiful rivers, canals and other waterways.

The Leie river curves back and forth between Ghent and Deinze. The meadows, polders and picturesque villages in this very scenic valley make up a magnificent nature reserve. Are you ready to enjoy it?

On this 12-kilometre bike tour you will meet the most beautiful religious heritage sites of Ghent.

Once night falls over Ghent, you have the impression to be in a completely different city. Allow yourself to be enchanted by fairy-like views and get lost in the romantically illuminated little streets.

Once upon a time-750 years ago in Ghent-the beguinage Our Lady Ter Hoye! This unique site is on the Unesco World Heritage list and is one of the best preserved and attractive beguinages of the thirteenth century.

Just outside the centre of Ghent you will find the “Groot Begijnhof van Sint-Amandsberg”, a special place where time seems to have come to a standstill. Join the guide on a walk through a 19th century ‘town within a town “, an oasis of quiet on sacred soil.

The Old Beguinage Sint-Elisabeth is to be found in the north-western corner of Ghent, in the Rabot neighbourhood. The stone wall around the beguinage has disappeared, but the extraordinary atmosphere remains.

During the First World War Ghent was occupied by the German army. Discover how the city and its inhabitants tried to live on. Smuggling e.g. was a simple but dangerous way to survive.

May 23 1940: Ghent falls into the hands of the German soldiers. A war mayor is appointed. What’s the impact of war on the daily lives of the inhabitants? What exactly was the German oppression? Meet the victims and heroes of the violence of war.

Wondering why the third son of king Edward III is called John of Gaunt? Has this “Gaunt” anything to do with Ghent? Well, yes! His godfather was the famous Ghentian merchant and politician Jacob van Artevelde, who more or less saved the city from ruin around 1340. Discover the city of merchants who were rich enough to be friends with the English king, and with many more.

Plunge into the turbulent sixteenth century, when protestantism raged against the Catholic Church. Our guide will tell you about stake burnings and executions, about the critical Chambers of Rhetoric, but also about the Pacification of Ghent, the treaty signed in the gorgeous Town Hall.

Ghent was the biggest industrial Flemish town in the 19th century, but the living conditions of the labourers were often appalling. They were tightly-housed and underpaid. The onset of the social revolution….

Explore the Zuid-site. This forgotten Ghent neighbourhood on the “Waalse Krook“ is now very much alive thanks to the brandnew library De Krook.

Welcome in the Sleepstraat ! Walk along, soak up the multicultural atmosphere past numerous colourful shops and you will be carried away by the stories of migration of old and new Ghent inhabitants.

The south site in Ghent is on the verge of a vibrant future with the realization of a brandnew city office. But the past of this neighbourhood is well worth exploring as well. Walk through almost 200 years of turbulent history.

Have you always wanted to see the inside of a court room? Our guide fulfills your wish and don’t fear to be locked up!

9 October 1817: crown prince William of Orange solemnly opens the university of Ghent. A historic event for the city! Accompany us on this tour and follow in UGent’s footsteps, from past to present.

The vibrant Blandijn site of Ghent university is situated in the neighbourhood of Sint-Pietersplein, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat and Jozef Plateaustraat. Enter the inspiring students’ world of laboratories and libraries.

The beautiful convent of the Dominicans, the “Pand” built in Onderbergen in the thirteenth century, survived the Iconoclasm and is now the cultural centre of the Ghent University. Join us in taking a look behind the scenes.

Unesco entitled Ghent as a ‘Creative City of Music’. Each year Ghent hosts renowned festivals of music of international standard. There are many concert halls, an opera and a library of music. Hear and feel the city sing and play in every corner.

Throughout the centuries women have left their mark on Ghent in different ways and areas.