About Ladysmith Siege Museum

The Ladysmith Siege Museum, on Murchison Street next to the Ladysmith Town Hall, is housed in a building built in 1884 - regarded both here and abroad as one of the best Anglo Boer War museums in the country. It brings the whole period of the siege to life using black and white photographs, electronic mapping, documents and artefacts from the period.

The building itself was originally a ration post for civilians during the siege, but afterwards maintained its association with food by serving as a marketplace, then as a museum and library. Only in 1985 was it converted for use as a museum only. You can take guided tours but there are also a couple of pamphlets – the Siege Town Walkabout and the Siege town Drive-About – that allow one to do self-guided tours as well.

Ladysmith was under siege by Boer forces for just short of four months in late 1899 and early 1900. Because of its proximity to both Transvaal and Free State borders, the town served as the key strategic point for the British. Despite their having sent a regiment to defend the town as war broke out, Boers besieged Ladysmith and all communication and water supplies were cut, leaving 26 000 soldiers and 8 000 civilians trapped.

By the time the siege was broken, people were starving, and many had died of disease.

The Ladysmith Siege Museum covers both the siege and the greater story of the war, which arose as a consequence of British desire to incorporate South Africa into their empire after gold was discovered. Despite this, it was the Boers who began the initial offensive, when they crossed the border into the British stronghold of Natal.

Need to Know

WhereMurchison Street, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal.

WhenPlease enquire

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)36 637-2231

OvernightStay nearby in Ladysmith, in KwaZulu Natal

Disclaimer

Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.

Feedback?

Please let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies. Click here to send us feedback if this is your service/activity.

Find Ladysmith Siege Museum in these collections

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options by proximity

* Distances shown are "as the crow flies", not driving distances. Please confirm with the establishment should driving distance be a factor in your decision.

Other things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Accommodation convenient to Ladysmith Siege Museum

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Battlefields Accommodation / Ladysmith Accommodation

Ladysmith as a destination

Want to stay overnight?

Dates

When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Ladysmith property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
Things To Do

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.