Prepare yourself for a moment of amazing culture in the heart of the Battle of Waterloo. Visit the Domain of the Battle of Waterloo 1815, which includes the Lion’s Mound, the Memorial Museum, the Panorama and the Hougoumont Farm, Napoleon’s Last Headquarters, the Wellington Museum and the Mont-Saint-Jean Farm.
With a Pass 1815, you will have the opportunity to visit these 6 places at a very attractive price!
The Battle of Waterloo
Discover the Battlefield of Waterloo and its 4 attractions. Begin your visit with the Memorial Museum, which offers a multi-sensory experience unique in Europe thanks to its 3D film projected on a 26-metre long panoramic screen. Guided by a soldier from your favourite army, you will better understand the historical confrontations. In one room, you can find out about the armaments of the era. Life-size soldiers will take you to the battles and you will then wait, like them, in the bivouac before the confrontation. You will even take part in the winners’ banquet. The Memorial Museum is the entry point for the other three sites.
The Lion, Symbol of Victory
Continue your visit at the Lion’s Mound which offers you a unique view of the battlefield. This 40-metre high mound, with no fewer than 226 steps, stands on the presumed site where the Prince of Orange was wounded before he became King of the Netherlands. It took three years to build this enormous cone of earth, completed in 1826. The lion stands at the top as a symbol of the victory of the monarchies.
At the Heart of the Battle
The Panorama is a huge fresco, 110 metres in circumference and 12 metres high, created in 1912 by the Frenchman Louis Dumoulin. This exceptional device will immerse you in the heart of the battle with an impressive sound system. The Panorama illustrates a key moment of the battle as it rages on.
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The Battle of Waterloo inspired Victor Hugo. He even stayed at Waterloo twice and wrote part of his masterpiece ‘Les Misérables’ here. ‘Waterloo! Waterloo! Dull plain! Like a wave boiling in an urn that’s too full…’ Do you know the rest?
The Deadliest Fights
The last authentic witness of the battle, the Hougoumont Farm, is without a doubt the most well-preserved monument in terms of its appearance the day after the battle. It was the scene of fierce fighting between the French and the English throughout the day on 18 June 1815. Make sure you explore this authentic place of memory, equipped with an original scenography and offering a fantastic multimedia show. It is slightly set back from the other attractions, but shuttles regularly connect the different sites.
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At the foot of the site, two refurbished restaurants will plunge you into the heart of the atmosphere just before the battle of 1815.
Meet some soldiers at the foot of Lion’s Mound. Witness the cannon fire, take part in a soldier’s initiation to weapons and gunnery demonstrations several times a day. Learn more about the role of women in the wars of the Empire.
Every day in summer, the Association des Guides 1815 offers one-hour guided tours for individuals at fixed times, three times a day. These are included in the entrance fee.
The Domain of the Battle of Waterloo also offers new immersive activities and a variety of events.
Discover the brand new educational farm with its 22 animals installed at the Hougoumont Farm on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. You will have the opportunity to attend the feeding of the farm animals, the grooming of the horses and a demonstration of the principles of communicating with horses.
From 1 July to 31 August, the Domain of the Battle of Waterloo offers daily historical re-enactment activities:
- Discovery of the daily life of the soldiers and exchanges with a rifleman or grenadier of the line,
- Presentation of the handling and loading of weapons,
- Firing blanks,
- Artillery demonstration and reproduction of a Gribeauval cannon,
- Comic sketches between a Grenadier corporal and a young conscript.
Don’t miss the commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo which takes place in June and explore all the other events in our calendar!
From 01/04 to 30/06: 10 am - 6.30 pm
From 01/07 to 31/08: 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
From 01/09 to 31/10: 10 am - 6.30 pm
From 01/11 to 31/03: 10 am - 5.30 pm
Opening of the Hougoumont Farm: every Wednesday afternoon en Saturday (every day in July and August and only during the week-end from November to March).
Adult: €19,5 or €23
Student and senior: €17,5 or €21
Child (10-17 years old): €9,75 or €11,5
Child <10 years: free
Hougoumont Farm: €9 of €10
Adult: €43 / Student, Senior (60+): €39 / Child (10-17 years old): €21
Pass 1815: Access to the Domain of the battle of Waterloo, Wellington Museum and Napoleon's Last HQ at a very attractive price:
Adult: €29 / Student, senior: €26 / Child (10-17 years): €16 / Child <10 years: free
As a true place of memory, but also a place of action and emotion,
the Waterloo 1815 Memorial invites you to the heart of the battle
that forever changed the destiny of Europe!