Waterloo, Wellington and Napoleon

To plan and arrange your tour, call us on: 01709 385500


Alternatively, if you’re interested in booking a tour for a smaller group, take a look at what our sister site offers: legerbattlefields.co.uk


On June 18, 1815, two of history’s greatest military commanders met on the battlefield of Waterloo. This monumental battle brought peace to mainland Europe for 40 years, and indeed, the British Army was not to fire another shot in Europe for nearly 100 years. Wellington himself described the battle as, “a near run thing,” and for Napoleon it was to end in exile and death on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena.

Battle of Waterloo
Battle of Waterloo

Wellington Museum

This house was an inn. The night before the battle took place, the Duke of Wellington installed his headquarters in this building, which was later turned into a museum where visitors can see personal memories of Wellington and other heroes of the battle, uniforms, weapons and detailed maps of the battlefield.

Lion’s Mound and visitor centre

The Lion’s Mound, the main memorial monument of the Battle of Waterloo, is situated on the spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded. Construction of this 43-metre-high mound began in 1824 and finished 1826 and contains 300,000 cubic metres of earth. The 226 stairs to the summit afford a beautiful view of the entire battlefield.

Hougoumont Chateau

At the time of the battle, Wellington placed Colonel Macdonell in charge at Hougoumont with the words: “Defend the post to the last extremity.” Macdonell achieved this feat and Hougoumont was not taken in the nine hours of fighting. The insides of the chateau were burnt to the ground and remain a memorial to the Brigade of Guards.

Lions Mound
Lions Mound

Suggested Itineraries


Waterloo - 2 day tour from £151 per person

On June 18th 1815, two of history’s greatest military commanders met on the Battlefield of Waterloo. This monumental battle brought peace to mainland Europe for 40 years, and the British Army was not to fire another shot in Europe for nearly 100 years. Wellington himself described the battle as “a near run thing” and for Napoleon it was to end in exile and death on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena. Join us on a fascinating tour of the Battle of Waterloo where Napoleonic forces clashed with the British under Wellington and the Prussians under Blucher.

Our suggested itinerary to Waterloo includes:

  • Coach travel from your school to Ypres
  • Channel crossing
  • One night’s full board school hotel accommodation in Ypres/Waterloo
  • Dinner on day 1 and breakfast and a packed lunch on day 2
  • Visit to the Visitors Centre – Lions Mound, with Film, Panorama, Wax Works & Lions Mound
  • Visit to the Wellington Museum in Waterloo
  • Visit to Napoleon’s Headquarters in Waterloo
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small student back packs
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at visiting:

  • Hougoumont Chàteau

Plus much more...

All they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500