The farm of Hougoumont offers a multimedia experience to understand the historical importance of this location. Designed by Luc Petit, it retraces the "battle within the battle" in the most fascinating way.
The Memorial Museum is only a few minutes away. In summer, visitors can jump on a shuttle to get there
A page of history
This fortified farm was a base for the Duke of Wellington's army of allies. Napoleon's troops tried to take the position, unsuccessfully, on June 18th, 1815. This battle, meant to be a mere diversion, mobilised 8,000 French soldiers, 2,000 on the other side.
It turned to be one of the fiercest fight of the whole battle of Waterloo. Victor Hugo devoted two chapters to it in his book Les Misérables.
The main building was set on fire. The house now visible is the gardener's former house.
The remaining house now visible is the gardener's former house. Victor Hugo devoted two chapters in his book Les Misérables.
The farm of Hougoumont is part of the 1815 Memorial visit.
- Credit cards accepted
- Common bathroom