Ladysmith Siege Museum

Ladysmith Siege Museum

Ladysmith was the most crucial strategic point for the British in Natal, due to the fact that it was the closest to the old Free State and Transvaal borders. As soon as the Anglo-Boer war broke out, the British sent a regiment to Ladysmith to defend the town against possible attacks or invasion by the Free State, and "Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek". On the second of November 1899, Ladysmith was besieged by the Boers. All means of communication with the outside world were cut, including the town water supply. The last train left Ladysmith on the 2 November 1899, and for the next hundred and eighteen days which followed, approximately twenty six thousand British soldiers, and about eight thousand civilians were held captive in the town.

Ladysmith made world headlines when it was held under siege by Boer forces for three months in 1899 and 1900. The Ladysmith Siege Museum houses various displays and artefacts from this historical time and is a popular tourist attraction for those touring the Battlefields Region in KwaZulu Natal. The Ladysmith Siege Museum is considered to be the best Anglo-Boer War museum in South Africa, and has also gained international acclaim.

The building which houses the museum, was originally built in 1884 as a marketplace and later served as a ration post for civilians during the siege. In the mid 1960's, the building served both as museum and as library but in 1985 was converted for the sole purpose of housing the museum.

The Ladysmith Siege Museum houses an excellent collection of Boer War artefacts, documents, uniforms and firearms, as well as a diorama which depicts Ladysmith at the time of the siege. The diorama displays the various positions where the Boers had their guns placed, the names of the geographical features, the positions of the Boer searchlights and the point where the Boers constructed a dam with the intention of flooding the town. Also represented is Intombi Camp, which was a neutral hospital in the no man's land at the foot of Umbulwane Mountain.

Standing outside the museum entrance, are the two well known 6.3" howitzers, Castor and Pollux, which were used in defending the town during the siege, as well as damaging one of the Boer guns. The Bill Mackay Gallery provides visitors with interesting glimpses into daily life during the siege.

Hours: weekdays 08h00 - 16h00 / Saturdays 09h00 and 13h00

Address: Murchison St, Ladysmith

Accommodation Near Ladysmith Siege Museum

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Budleigh Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

1.0km South West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Set in a large park like garden with shaded seating for relaxation after a long day. Luxury accommodation is offered with full scrumptious English breakfasts. Braai facilities and swimming pool available. We are within walking distance of ...

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Egerton Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

1.1km North West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Comfortable, well appointed accommodation offering you a restful night. A real home from home allows for a friendship to develop in a few hours. All rooms are air-conditioned and has its own DSTV decoder.

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Hunters Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

1.3km South West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Hunters Lodge is centrally situated in the busy town of Ladysmith. We pride ourselves on providing a restful oasis for the weary traveler and offer a home from home atmosphere - arrive as strangers and leave as friends.

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Oak Tree Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

1.5km West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Charming old home built in the 1920's set in tranquil surrounds with large garden, big trees and swimming pool

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Platrand Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

1.6km South West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Our 4 Star Platrand Lodge is in a malaria free area and 2 hours from Durban and 3 hours from Johannesburg. Established on the farm Fourie's Kraal on the Southern boundaries of Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal.

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Trenchgula Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

5.4km North West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

In a peaceful game farm setting, nestled below the war graves of the Anglo-Boer War on the top of Trenchgula Hill, lies a luxury 4-star quality Guest Lodge with 8 rooms under thatch, each with a double bed and a single bed in the loft. Each room ...

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Cheetah Ridge Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Ladysmith

16.8km North East of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Situated in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, Cheetah Ridge Luxury Safari Lodge is an unrivalled bush retreat, offering fully-catered, accommodation in 10 luxury suites...

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Nambiti House

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Ladysmith

16.8km North East of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Nestled in the grounds of Cheetah Ridge Lodge, Nambiti House is the only exclusive use lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve to offer a Big 5 game drive experience.

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Tugela River Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Spioenkop Dam

24.5km South West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

All accommodation is in cottages on the banks of the Tugela River. These stone and thatch cottages nestle at the footholds of the majestic Spioenkop Mountain where the famous battle of Spioenkop took place. Next door is Spioenkop Nature Reserve ...

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Spion Kop Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Winterton

29.6km South West of Ladysmith Siege Museum

Greetings from Spion Kop Lodge in sunny in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. I would like to introduce you to our unique Lodge. Imagine yourself on the summit of the rugged and historic Spion Kop Mountain as the sun goes down, and looming shadows fall

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