Historic houses such as the Castle of the Counts or St. Peter’s Abbey are beautiful locations with magical corridors, towers with endless winding stairs, high-ceilinged rooms and exquisite gardens. They haven’t been inhabited for centuries.
And yet, they are not empty or abandoned buildings. To this day, they are bustling with activity. There are great exhibitions covering a wide range of topics, scavenger hunts, fancy dress parties and workshops. Children (and their teachers) are in for quite a treat.
The ghosts of former inhabitants still roam the halls. Sometimes you can see things through their eyes for a few hours. Just imagine ... the whole class sitting at old-fashioned desks, quill in hand, surrounded by creaking bookcases and crazy miniatures. 'Historic Houses Ghent' has a heart for children, and children love historic houses. Especially for them, our team gladly translates historic heritage to the modern world in a creative manner. This way, we try to warm a new generation of young people up to history and culture.
Wouter Deprez comedy audio tour
At the end of September 2018 it became possible to (re)discover the Castle of the Counts by means of a unique audio tour given by comedian Wouter Deprez. He shares his personal and funny view of the history of the most imposing fortress in Flanders. The comedy audio tour is not only humorous but also highly informative and suitable for students aged 10 and over. The audio tour is included in the entrance fee.
New arrangement of the castle exhibition
On the occasion of the launch of the new audio guide, the arrangement of the castle exhibition has been modified. The count’s room has been restored to its former glory. The forensic objects are now on display in the audience room, while the former storeroom now contains the instruments of torture displayed in a suggestive ‘executioner’s cabinet’. The guillotine is no longer kept in the castle.
The ‘comedy audio tour’ is the very first project realised within the scope of the renewal process for the Castle of the Counts in partnership with Toerisme Vlaanderen. Several other changes will be made to the contents and infrastructure in different stages over the coming years.