Longwood House

Longwood House, St Helena Island: Address, Longwood House Reviews: 4.5/5

Longwood House
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The home where Napoleon lived in exile from France from December 1815 to his death in 1821.
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Velu S
Wheaton, IL69 contributions
Legacy not forgotten
Jan 2020
Number one attraction on the island along with The Ladder in my opinion.Well preserved history of this once Great Emperor. One should take time and enjoy this place.
Written 13 February 2020
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Peter F
Pretoria, South Africa158 contributions
Napoleon's final residence
Jan 2020
Beautiful gardens and a well presented history of Napoleon's last years on the Island.
The recorded guide is helpful but fairly lengthy
Written 19 January 2020
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Alan C
Sittingbourne, UK254 contributions
Lovely gardens, house small but interesting
Oct 2019
Well worth visiting for its historical connections with Napoleon and containing many artifacts relevant to his stay on the island. The house is surprisingly small and was very crowded when we visited so we could not really get a good look at things. The gardens are fairly formal but well laid out and containing an interesting variety of plants.
Written 27 December 2019
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tibetconsul
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
excellent
Sep 2019
very interesting to see the last place of napoleon, still looking fine it was not that's bad to be prisoner in this place, plenty of rooms and great view
Written 23 December 2019
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,225 contributions
Napoleon Bonaparte's final residence
Aug 2019
Famously Napoleon saw out his final years on St Helena, spending most of them in this picturesque, but damp villa in the island's lush interior. Take the guided tour - a detailed commentary guides you round the house, telling you about Napoleon's life and death there In fact allow at least 2 hours if you want to get the most out of the commentary. The fascinating part of the visit was seeing how Napoleon tried to adapt his environment to avoid his British captors as much as possible: he designed the sunken gardens in the grounds so he could take walks without being spied upon. He put spy holes in to the shutters of the billiards room so he could watch his guards and he built summerhouses so again he could enjoy the garden in privacy. There's an ongoing debate about how Napoleon died (at 17:49 on 5 May 1821 in the dining room), including theories that he was poisoned deliberately or over years by the arsenic in the distinctively patterned wallpaper throughout the house! It's a must do if you're on St Helena, so try to combine it with a visit to the Briars (where he spent his first 7 weeks while Longwood House was prepared for him) and his (empty) tomb in Alarm Forest.
Written 12 August 2019
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1,345 contributions
Top historical visit on the island
Apr 2019 • Couples
We are part of a cruise ship shore excursion to this out the way place in the world. The house where Napoleon spent his exile years is a top reason for even visiting St. Helena. The docents set up for our day visit were very knowledgeable. Made you feel like you were actually visiting the home during the era. Beautiful gardens, nice gift shop. Because we were a cruise ship in town, the locals even had extra souvenir tents set up on the grounds for the t-shirts, hats and stamps many people want. Be aware, no photos were allowed but there were postcards and books for sale. Bring British Pounds or Euro to spend if you are not using credit cards.
Written 15 June 2019
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Lori D
Helena, MT424 contributions
Must see
May 2019
It seems like you’re walking through Napoleon’s home. Friendly knowledgeable staff. I especially enjoyed the historic art.
Written 25 May 2019
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midwaytoheaven
Midway, UT2,981 contributions
Napoleon's Exile House. A MUST SEE PIECE OF HISTORY
Apr 2019 • Couples
Upon entering Longhouse, I felt I was walking back into history of this unique emperor in world history. According to our guide, the home is very much as it was when Napoleon Bonaparte died here on May 5, 1821. He lived in this home for about 5.5 years after being captured and exiled to St Helena in 1815. This place was as far as you could banish someone to a little tiny dot in the middle of the south Atlantic ocean.

BOTTOM LINE: The Longwood House estate has nicely been taken care of since Napoleon death. Most of the original furniture has been returned and is as it was when he lived here. Photos can be taken outside the home but inside the home, no photography is allowed or in the gift shop. The restoration seemed about 80% complete. Certainly worth your visit while on St Helena Island. You can get your passport stamped in the gift store for 1 pound. MY RATING: 9/10.

A plaster "death mask" copy is located in the mortuary room of the home. HOW TALL WAS NAPOLEON? According to the autopsy after his death, he was 5' 2" tall. The home gardens were very nice and being updated when we visited. This property is a piece of world history. By is wall could talk, there would be quite a tale to tell here.
Written 13 April 2019
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
Interesting piece of history
Feb 2018 • Couples
To actually be in the house where Napoleon was exiled to is quite something but to stand in the small room where he died is an amazing experience. The house is in a lovely location with good views and is surrounded by well maintained gardens. The house itself although small is charming. Attendants in the rooms are happy to chat and give you any information they can. St Helena souvenirs including postcards and stamps can be purchased here.
Written 2 April 2019
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80marty2016
Naples, FL60 contributions
A must to visit
Jan 2019 • Couples
If by chance you are on the island you must visit Longwood to appreciate the history of Napoleon’s second exile and the remoteness of his last years. The surrounding beauty must have compensated somewhat for his confinement. Owned by the French government, well preserved and definitely worth a visit. On the other hand his original tomb site is quite a downhill and uphill walk not easily traversed by all.
Written 11 February 2019
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