Adequate guiding has been designed for groups, or individual visitors, requiring special attention.
Our guides are keen to adapt to their visitors, to explain adequately and ensure their safe travel, to welcome them with the care, kindness and patience they need.
The Memorial Waterloo 1815 is accessible to visitors with limited mobility, with the exception of the Panorama, and the climb to the top of the Lion Monument.
The farms of Hougoumont, Mont-Saint-Jean and Caillou (Napoleon's Last Headquarters - DQGN) are accessible to visitors with limited mobility, but some parts are cobblestoned.
The Wellington Museum is not currently accessible to visitors with reduced mobility.
With the cooperation and the assistance of “Les Amis des Aveugles “ ("Friends of the Blind"), an association based in Ghlin, the Guides 1815 have developed an adapted tour of Waterloo, based on our visit of the Memorial Waterloo 1815 (click here for more details). This visit has been entirely redesigned to provide a more precise description of the site, a permanent orientation and a multisensory approach in order to meet the needs of the visually impaired and provide them with maximum pleasure and enrichment. The visit will take place in 4 stages. The welcome remarks will summarize the history of Europe under the French Empire and will help to understand why the battle took place and why in Belgium, while giving a first introduction of the site. The visually impaired will then be invited to touch around ten objects which will explain some aspects of the battle: Napoleon’s personality, the lion, arms, uniforms, and then a model representing the battlefield, the roads, the farms and the undulations of the terrain, which will make them understand the setting of the action. They will go and discover the Lion Mound (226 steps) where a narrative will bring back to life the main phases of the battle.
This narrative will continue, under the clamour of battle, in the Panorama, which will be described in detail.
Any difficulty, usually called "handicap", will be taken into account by the guide in order to give the visitors a pleasant and informative visit, in an atmosphere of relaxation and good humour.