Waterloo Battlefields

A visit to the Waterloo battlefields helps students studying the Changing Nature of Warfare in the nineteenth century.

2 Day
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5


The Battle of Waterloo, which took place in Belgium on 18th June 1815, was a turning point in European history. A coalition army led by the Duke of Wellington, and supported by the Prussians, finally defeated Emperor Napoleon. A visit to the Waterloo battlefields helps students studying various aspects of the National Curriculum covering the Changing Nature of Warfare in the nineteenth century. We look at the tactics used and the way warfare evolved in this key period of military history.

Study Themes and Curricular Links

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – War and British Society 1790-2010

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth – The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918

Tour Includes

  • Specialist Battlefield Guide

  • Entrance to all museums and places of interest

  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

  • Travel by coach from your school

  • Channel crossings on Eurotunnel

From £175 per student

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Sample Itinerary - 2-Day Tour

This is a tour that can be completed in a day trip from any location in the South-East of England within 2-3 hours of the Channel Tunnel.

Day 1 - Waterloo

We have an early start from the school and travel to the Eurotunnel at Folkestone for the crossing to France. We then proceed to Waterloo, just south of Brussels.

We start at the Memorial 1815 Museum, a large modern museum which explains the history of the battle and contains a huge amount of original material, there is also an excellent 3D film to see.

Afterwards, we have time to climb the Lion Mound to overlook the battlefield and see the Panorama: a massive painted mural of a key moment in the Battle of Waterloo.

We end at Hougoumont, a defended farm complex where fighting raged all day. Now a museum, we explore the farm, see the memorials and look at how important the holding of this position was in 1815, and how it was achieved. We then check into our hotel in the Brussels area and have an evening meal.

Included meals: Dinner

Lion Mound
Lion Mound
Included Highlights
  • Hougoumont

  • Lion Mound

  • Memorial 1815 Museum

Day 2 - Waterloo

We start at the Chapel Royal in Waterloo itself, seeing the memorials to regiments and men who died in the battle.

We then visit the Wellington Museum in Waterloo, which was the Duke’s Headquarters in 1815. From here we travel to the centre of Wellington’s line, looking at the fighting around the farm of La Haye Sainte, seeing the battlefield and memorials. We also look at the role of Artillery in the battle at the Mercer Memorial.

In the afternoon we travel back to Calais and then take the Eurotunnel, arriving back at the school that evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wellington Museum
Wellington Museum
Included Highlights
  • Chapel Royal

  • Wellington Museum

  • La Haye Sainte

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