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“A great insight into a vanished way of life”
Review of Raversyde

Raversyde
Ranked #3 of 60 things to do in Ostend
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 25 September 2011

There are three different things to see at Domein Raversijde: the Prince Karel Memorial, the remaining gun emplacements of part of the North Atlantic Wall and an associated World War II museum, and the Archaeological Museum Walraversijde. We only had time to visit the latter. We got off the coastal tram at Raversijde from where signs pointed over the dunes to the museums. You get over the dunes on a wooden walkway with steps, so not wheelchair friendly, but you can catch a bus from Ostend Bus Station instead and approach it completely on the flat.
From the tram it is not a very long walk, but I was recovering from a bout of food poisoning and shorter distances seemed longer than they actually were, from which I deduce that someone whose walking ability is limited would be better advised to come by bus to the entrance on the opposite side of the museum complex.
There is a pleasant cafe about halfway to the archaeological museum, called the "Walrave". Peaceful paths lead through long grass and flowers to the museum itself, where we sat through a short audio-visual presentation before being given one of those portable audio guides to go round the reconstructed village with. (I have an antipathy towards these audio guides without which, sadly, fewer and fewer "museum experiences" seem to be complete. I find them distracting and the "Mockney-Cornish" accents of the supposed inhabitants of the village just didn't sound right, so I just put my audio guide in my pocket instead until I got back to the reception desk. However, I'm sure many people enjoy audio guides and would have found it useful. I would have preferred an information leaflet.) The reconstructed houses were very nicely done and full of authentic-looking artefacts showing the way of life at this deserted fishing village. They represented the lifestyles of more and less affluent village members. When we went, there were very few other people there and the whole place was incredibly peaceful. When we had walked all the way round we got back to the interior part of the museum which was impressively full of items discovered in excavations and lots of illustrations showing the history of Ostend, etc. We had to rush round this part as the museum was about to close. It only opens for three hours in the afternoon which I would say isn't quite long enough if you're going to look at everything properly.
An enjoyable day out in peaceful surroundings.

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