While Antwerp is now the centre of the diamond industry, the idea of polishing the stones with diamond ‘dust’ was originally pioneered in Bruges. This is the theme of this slick museum which also displays a lumpy greenish 252-carat raw diamond and explains how the catchphrase ‘diamonds are forever’ started as a De Beers marketing campaign. Diamond-polishing demonstrations (at 12.15pm and 3.15pm) cost €3 extra.

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3. Brouwerij De Halve Maan

0.08 MILES

Founded in 1856, though there has been a brewery on the site since 1564, this is the last family brouwerij (brewhouse) in central Bruges. Multilingual, 45…

5. Museum Sint-Janshospitaal

0.13 MILES

In the restored chapel of a 12th-century hospital building with superb timber beamwork, this museum shows various torturous-looking medical implements,…

6. Ten Wijngaarde

0.15 MILES

Just inside the main entrance of the begijnhof this is a charming 17th-century house now converted into an endearing little four-room museum. In the…

7. Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

0.15 MILES

Dominating its surrounds, this 13th-century church was reopened in 2015 after extensive renovations. Its enormous 115m spire is unmissable throughout much…

8. St-Bonifaciusbrug

0.16 MILES

Stand atop the 20th-century stone Bonifacius bridge, itself amply photogenic, for lovely vistas of the canal and surrounds.