Most beguinages are used as private homes or social housing, although there are others with different functions. Take, for example, the St Alexius Beguinage in Dendermonde, a short drive from Ghent. There you will find a typical beguinage with a trapezium-shaped courtyard, surrounded by 61 small houses and a church. Today, the beguinage accommodates a Beguinage Museum, and a Folklore Museum, which give you an insight into 19th century life. After visiting the museums, you can stroll through the beautiful ornamental and herb garden. The bustling city of Kortrijk, half an hour from Ghent, has a brand-new coffee bar nestled among its houses, which is certainly worth a visit.