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Guided Visit of the Battle of Waterloo

  • 31 Aug 2019
  • 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Hallway of Memorial 1815 Museum, Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium


Guided Visit of the Battle of Waterloo

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 1:45 p.m.

The Battle of Waterloo, on June 18th 1815, brought an end to the Napoleonic Wars and his reign of 16 tempestuous years, and took place only a few miles from Brussels.  The Club is pleased to announce a guided tour of the Memorial 1815 complex, led by Peter Forrest, a certified “Guides 1815” guide and, as some of you may know, a past President of our Club. 

Peter will lead us through a discussion, using maps, of the rise of Napoleon, how there came to be a battle here, and the events leading up to it.  We will also hear about the interesting strategic and tactical decisions taken by both belligerents, and the impact they had on the outcome of the battle itself, along with interesting anecdotes.

Your ticket will include a visit up the Lion Mound (for those so inclined), a tour through the amazing Panorama (a huge diorama of the battle at a critical point) and then (by audio guide) the excellent Memorial 1815 Museum itself, built for the 200th anniversary in 2015.  You may need 2.5 hours for the above.

There is a brasserie next door, and you may join us for a coffee or a drink afterwards.

After your tour with Peter, your ticket also includes a visit to the Hougoumont farm, a strongpoint exploited by the Duke of Wellington, and site of furious fighting, 1.2km from the Memorial, which has a museum and a very good multi-media show.  Access there by foot, horse-drawn carriage, or by car.

Please note that this event is limited to 20 participants.

Event Details:
SaturdayAugust 31, 2019
Time: 1:45 p.m.
Place: Hallway of Memorial 1815 Museum, Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

Public transport: Available, but with walking distances…car is recommended.  Feel free to car pool. 

Directions: From Brussels, take the RO Ring South, exit 25 (Mont Saint Jean), go straight through two roundabouts, then turn left opposite the Fuji Restaurant, where the “Butte du Lion” is signposted. Parking (free, two parking lots) is available at the Memorial 1815 Museum.

Price: €30. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €23.
Reservations are due by Wednesday, August 28: 


Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, August 28. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

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