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ANGLO-BOER WAR
1899 - 1902

LADYSMITH SIEGE MUSEUM,
& SPIO
N KOP

Visit Ladysmith, under seige for 118 days and described by Churchill as "famous to the uttermost ends of the earth: centre of the world's attention, scene of famous deeds, the cause of mighty efforts". Here in the fascinating Siege Museum you will be able to get an insight into what it was like living in Ladysmith, of the weapons and tactics used by both sides and of the battles fought.

 

Then travel on to the site of the most famous and bloody of the battles fought in this campaign. Spion Kop "that acre of massacre" occupied by the British in the early hours of the 24th January 1900 and fought over desperately by Boer and British for all that day until nightfall and the British withdrawal leaving over 330 of their men dead and many more wounded in their trenches.

Wander round the battlesite, inspect the monuments to Boer and British, and wonder at the long mass grave of the British.

Time permitting you can also make a quick visit to the Platrand overlooking Ladysmith.

This tour takes all day. Note the Ladysmith Siege Museum is closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
Note there are entry fees to both Spion Kop and the Siege Museum.

BRITISH MONUMENTS AND GRAVES
BOER MONUMENT
THE LONG TOM AT THE SIEGE MUSEUM
THE SIEGE MUSEUM LADYSMITH
THE BURGER MONUMENT ON THE PLATRAND