Dublin and County Meath
Link: Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin in 1769 and spent his early years in the city and Dangan Castle in County Meath.
Travel: Dangan Castle is now a ruin but nearby Trim Castle, Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle, is a picturesque ruin and was used as a shooting location in Braveheart. Try the four-star Trim Castle Hotel if you want views.
Dublin and its environs are steeped in history. Farmleigh House, built in the late 18th century, was bought by a Guinness heir and has beautiful features including Sunken and Walled Gardens.
See the illuminated Book Of Kells at Trinity College Dublin while Dublinia takes you back to the Viking and Medieval cities.
Go to visitdublin.com.
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Link: In his 20s the military man spent a number of years in India, assisting his brother – the Governor-General – with military campaigns to extend the rule of the British East India Company.
Travel: Mysore, scene of Anglo-Indian conflicts, in Karnataka, is known as the Sandalwood City of India and is considered one of the most beautiful in India.
Temples, lakes, palaces and gardens are the chief reason to visit.The Mysore Palace was once the residence of the royal Wodayar family and is now a museum of art and architecture.
Fountains in the Brindavan Gardens dance to sound of music in the evenings while on top of the Chamundi Hills nestles a 13th century temple dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Go to mysore.org.uk.
Link: In 1815, in Waterloo, a coalition, including the Anglo-Allied Army under the Duke defeated the French under the command of Napoleon.
Travel: The Lion Mound is a 40m cone of earth from which to view the battlefield. Nearby the Waterloo Panorama features a new show, explaining the battle and how it shaped Europe. There you will also find a 110m fresco that tells of the key moments of the battle.
Bicentennial activities will happen June 18-21 around the battlefield itself with re-enactments, a light and sound show and military bands.
Go to waterloo2015.org/en.
The island of Elba
Link: The Tuscan island of Elba, 12 miles from Piombino, is best known as the site of Napoleon’s exile. After only a few months, he left in February 1815 to engage in the Battle of Waterloo.
Travel: The island is a noted tourist resort, boasting fine weather, 130 beaches and a mix of cultural attractions (hilltop towns and castles) and the sort of recreation that a beach-side resort could offer – hiking, diving, swimming, sailing. Cycling is particularly popular as the island has a network of trails from easy to technically difficult. Visit Portoferraio where the Villa dei Mulini di Napoleone is to be found.
Go to discovertuscany.com.
Link: The Iron Duke died in 1852, aged 83, in Walmar Castle, his residence as Lord Warden Of the Cinque Ports.
Travel: Deal, on the Kent coast, has two castles built by Henry VIII open to the public. Walmar which houses Wellington’s boots, and Deal Castle which is ideal for inquisitive children. The sheltered (pebble) Deal coastline was a haven for ships – and smugglers – and the Deal Maritime Museum tells many tales from the era while the Georgian town is still run through with tunnels. There is a pier from which to scan the pretty seafront.
Go to aboutdeal.co.uk.