On June 16th, 1815, this little village was the stage for Napoleon's last victory.
Housed inside an authentic old farm used as an infirmary on the night of the battle, in a 7-kilometre wide battlefield where 150,000 men fought a bloody battle, the "Ligny 1815 Museum" is a genuinely unforgettable experience, offering visitors a voyage back in time to this famous day, just over 200 years ago.
Featuring weapons, mannequins, reconstructions, interactive maps and digital guides, the museum has something for everyone, whether families, schoolchildren, history buffs or simple curiosity-seekers!
One area of the museum is dedicated to "the other battle of June 16th, 1815", the Battle of Quatre Bras, opposing French forces led by Maréchal Ney and allied forces led by the Duke of Wellington. An exceptional collection on the British Army theme awaits you.
Prolong the experience at the museum restaurant "La Grange 1815", where you can enjoy regional dishes or taste the "Assiette du Grognard" – the fare served to Napoleon's soldiers.
Dive back into history at the heart of the battlefield by taking part in the "Napoléoniennes de Ligny 1815", a historic reconstruction held on the first weekend of June every year.
The "Général Gérard" room offers high-performance amenities for conferences, business meetings and school workshops.
Souvenir shop and refreshments. Vast car park. Railway station at less than 1km. Villers-la-Ville Abbey at 12 km and Waterloo battlefield at 25 km. Museum restaurant: La Grange 1815 (tel. 071/88.50.18).
Tourist train (please book ahead: tel. 0477/47.38.71).
Relive Napoleon's final victory, 2 days before Waterloo: the battle of Ligny on 16 June 1815. History awaits you!
2015 is the bicentenary of the battle! On Friday 16 June 1815 a small village in the province of Namur had its name written into the history books in letters of fire and blood.
For more than 6 hours, 150,000 men fought like men possessed and destroyed the fruits of the labour of a whole population. This little village was Ligny, which relives the event every year with a historical re-enactment of the bivouacs and battle.
The re-enactment brings together hundreds of re-enactors. On the schedule: a remembrance ceremony and a little tourist train.
All weekend at the Général Gérard Centre:
- Guided tour of the Battle of Ligny Museum and the battlefield,
- Exhibition and artisan village,
- Show/concert by the batterie des Grognards from Upper Alsace,
- Horse-drawn carriage ride and a cavalry demonstration,
- and of course: the battle re-enactment!
Not forgetting the marquee, refreshment area and food and drinks which are available on site. General entrance and access to the site: €5 (all activities included). Free for those in period costume and the under-14s.
In 2015, celebrate the bicentenary of the battle of Ligny! The entertainment will match the stature of the event... put in in your diary!