Napoleonic War Sites

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Napoleonic Wars: Editor's Picks

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1. Waterloo Battlefield

Among the most famous Napoleonic War sites, Waterloo Battlefield was the location of Napoleon’s famous defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo Battlefield, near Brussels in Belgium, was the site of the final battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The Battle of Waterloo saw the French forces led by Napoleon Bonaparte clash with the coalition of British, Belgian, Dutch and German soldiers led by the Duke of Wellington and Prussian forces under... Read More

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2. HMS Victory

HMS Victory was Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar and the site where this heroic figure died.

HMS Victory is one of the world’s oldest and most famous warships. No other surviving ship has served in the American Revolution, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. In fact, it was her role as the flagship of British hero Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson during his final... Read More

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3. Austerlitz Battlefield

One of the most famous Napoleonic War sites, Austerlitz Battlefield in the Czech Republic was the location of one of Emperor Napoleon’s most stunning victories.

Austerlitz Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Austerlitz, also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, which took place on 2 December 1805 and saw Napoleon Bonaparte’s army decisively defeat the combined forces of the Russian and Austrian empires. As a resut of the Battle of Austerlitz, the Third... Read More

Napoleonic Wars: Site Index

Albuera Battlefield

Albuera Battlefield was the site of one of the battles of the Peninsula War in 1811.

Albuera Battlefield in Spain was the site of a clash between France’s Army of the South or ‘Armée du Midi’ led by Marshal Soult and British, Spanish and Portuguese forces on 16 May 1811 in the Peninsula War. The Battle of Albuera almost resulted in defeat for the allied armies, but... Read More

Ardoch Roman Fort

Braco Fort - A Roman Fort - fantastic 6 foot high ditches can still be seen although there is now no remaining wooden or stone at all. But this is one of my favourite Roman sites in Scotland

Ardoch Roman Fort, also known as the Braco Fort or Alavna Veniconvm is a well preserved - many say exceptionally preserved - fort in Scotland. The earthworks include six foot high ditches although there are now no remaining wooden or stone structures at the site. ... Read More

Badajoz Fortress

Badajoz Fortress is a 12th century fortification captured by the British during the Peninsula War.

Badajoz Fortress or 'Alcazaba de Badajoz' is a 12th century fortification in the city of Badajoz in Spain which now houses the Provincial Archaeological Museum. During the Peninsular War, the British made three attempts to breach Badajoz Fortress to capture it from the French. The third attempt, known as the Battle... Read More

Bussaco Battlefield

Bussaco Battlefield was the site of a victory by Wellington during the Peninsular War.

Bussaco Battlefield in Portugal was the site of a British-Portuguese victory against the French during the Peninsular War. The Battle of Bussaco took place on 27 September 1810 and the allies were led by the Duke of Wellington. Visitors can see the headquarters of the French Marshal André Masséna and also... Read More

Fort Conception

Fort Conception is a seventeenth century Spanish fort which served as a British base during the Peninsular War.

Fort Conception (Fort Concepcion) is a seventeenth century Spanish fort near the border with Portugal which was used as a base by the British Light Division in the Peninsular War. In 1810, the Light Division blew up Fort Conception as enemy forces approached, but it is still incredibly well preserved.... Read More

Hassenhausen Museum

Hassenhausen Museum in Auerstedt is a museum of the 1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstedt of the Napoleonic Wars.

Hassenhausen Museum in Germany chronicles the battles of Jena and Auerstadt (often jointly known as the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt). These battles of the Napoleonic Wars saw the Prussian Army defeated by the army of Napoleon I of France in two locations on 14 October 1806, confirming Napoleon’s military might and... Read More

Jena Battlefield

Jena Battlefield was the site of a Prussian defeat in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars.

Jena Battlefield in Thuringia, Germany was the site of the Battle of Jena during the Napoleonic Wars. On 14 October 1806, the Prussian army of Frederick William III together with Saxony troops met that of Napoleon’s French troops at Jena in Saxony, being modern day Germany. In what is now known... Read More

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Kazan Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral is an imposing nineteenth century cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kazan Cathedral, also known as The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor, is a large and impressive nineteenth century cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. Designed by Andrei Voronikhin , Kazan Cathedral was modelled on Rome’s Basilica of St Paul and completed in 1811. Kazan Cathedral has had... Read More

Lutzen Battlefield

Lutzen Battlefield was the site of an important battle of the Thirty Years’ War in 1632 and a Napoleonic victory in 1813.

At Lutzen Battlefield on 2 May 1813, Napoleon’s forces defeated the combined forces of the Prussian and Russian armies. This victory at the Battle of Lutzen was all the more remarkable given the depleted nature of Napoleon’s army following their incursion into Russia. Lutzen Battlefield was also the site of an... Read More

Malta Saluting Battery

The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily! For almost 500 years, its guns protected the harbour against naval assault and were used for ceremonial purposes.

The Malta Saluting Battery - known locally as just the Saluting Battery - dates back 500 years and is one of the oldest of its kind to still be operated. In addition to providing the vibrant spectacle of the gun firing for visitors, the Malta Saluting Battery is also a... Read More

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Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle has been a Roman fort, a Norman keep and even a wartime prison during the Napoleonic Wars.

Portchester Castle in Hampshire offers a fantastic insight into various periods of British history and originally dates back to the Roman era. Built during Roman times, probably in the third century AD, Portchester Castle is the country’s only example of a Roman fort whose walls still stand complete up to... Read More

Salamanca Battlefield

The Salamanca Battlefield was the site of a major victory by the Duke of Wellington in 1812 during the Peninsular Wars.

The Salamanca Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Salamanca, a major clash in the Peninsular Wars, part of the Napoleonic Wars. On 22 July 1812, the Duke of Wellington led the combined British, Spanish and Portuguese army to victory over the French forces led by Marshal Auguste Marmont. There is a... Read More

Talavera Battlefield Monument

The Talavera Battlefield Monument commemorates the first major victory won by the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War, part of the Napoleonic Wars.

The Talavera Battlefield Monument near Talavera in Spain, commemorates the Battle of Talavera, which took place on 27 and 28 July 1809 and was the Duke of Wellington’s - then Sir Arthur Wellesley’s - first major victory of the Peninsular War, part of the Napoleonic Wars. The Talavera Battlefield Monument is... Read More

The Battle of the Nations Monument

The Battle of the Nations Monument commemorates the 1813 Napoleonic Wars battle in which the French emperor suffered one of his greatest defeats.

The Battle of the Nations Monument near Leipzig was dedicated one hundred years after the momentous Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations, took place. One of the major battles of the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of the Nations was fought from 16 to 18 October 1813... Read More

Vimeiro Monument

The Vimeiro Monument commemorates the Battle of Vimeiro of 1808 during the Peninsular War.

The Vimeiro Monument is an obelisk in the town of Vimeiro in Portugal which commemorates the Battle of Vimeiro, fought between British-Portuguese forces under the (future) Duke of Wellington and French forces. This battle took place on 21 August 1808, just days after the Battle of Roliça in which the... Read More