Gamle Stavanger

Top choice in Stavanger

Gamle (Old) Stavanger, above the western shore of the harbour, is a delight. The Old Town's cobblestone walkways pass between rows of late-18th-century whitewashed wooden houses, all immaculately kept and adorned with cheerful, well-tended flower boxes. It well rewards an hour of ambling and may see you casually perusing property prices. Ah well, we can all dream.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Stavanger attractions

1. Canning Museum

0.13 MILES

Don't miss this surprising museum housed in an old cannery: it's one of Stavanger's most entertaining. Before oil, there were sardines, and Stavanger was…

2. Stavanger Maritime Museum


This worthwhile museum spread over two warehouses dating from around 1800 covers 200 years of Stavanger's maritime history. There's a large collection of…

3. Ledaal

0.45 MILES

The empire-style Ledaal was constructed between 1799 and 1803 for wealthy merchant shipowner Gabriel Schanche Kielland. Recently restored, and featuring…

4. Norsk Oljemuseum

0.47 MILES

Admittedly, the prospect of an 'oil museum' doesn't sound like the most promising option for an afternoon out, but this state-of-the-art place exploring…

5. Stavanger Domkirke

0.49 MILES

This beautiful church is an impressive but understated medieval stone cathedral dating from approximately 1125; it was extensively renovated following a…

6. Breidablikk

0.53 MILES

This opulent manor was constructed for the merchant shipowner Lars Berentsen. Its authentic late-19th-century interiors include old farming implements,…

7. Stavanger Museum

0.72 MILES

Stavanger's main museum was founded in the 19th century, and it's a typically wide-ranging affair, encompassing everything from Stavanger's history to…

8. Norwegian Children's Museum

0.73 MILES

Dragging kids round a museum can be a tough proposition, but this is one place that's designed specifically with them in mind. It traces the changing…