Richard III was born in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire on 2nd October 1452. He was crowned the King of England at the age of 32 and ruled for just 2 years from 1483 until his untimely death in 1485.
Richard was killed in battle at Bosworth Field and was the last English King to die in battle bringing an end to the Wars of the Roses and the Plantagenet dynasty.
From battlefield to feasting hall, church to cathedral, you will follow in the king's footsteps to his incredible rediscovery and re-internment at Leicester Cathedral.
These tours are designed to excite and enthral all those interested in medieval and Plantagenet times as illuminated through the life of one of England’s most notorious kings.
Each tour is led by our expert battlefield guide, historian and archaeologist, David Harvey. At each site he will set the scene and explain what happened, where and why, in a clear and succinct way — and he won't confuse you or bore you with confusing detail you'll never remember.
An excellent guide is, in our opinion, key to the guest's enjoyment of the tour experience. The 'In the Footsteps' guides who lead you through the stories of each battle are all professionals. Each is selected for their depth of knowledge, their enthusiasm and their ability to tell the story in an entertaining and engaging way — and all are members of the prestigious Guild of Battlefield Guides.
This two-day tour is based in Leicester and visits East Midland locations to gain insight into the life and death of King Richard III. The tour commences at the Kings birthplace, Fotheringhay Castle, with an introduction to his remarkable story of championing the House of York in the Wars of the Roses and ascendency to Kingship.
Your tour begins at 09:00 am when your guide meets you at your hotel in Leicester or at Jubilee Square. We travel to Fotheringhay Castle before being given an introductory talk about Richard’s role in the struggles between the royal houses of York and Lancaster. Visit the Yorkist shrine in the parish church.
We head to the battlefield of 'Losecoat Field' where an account of the battle of 1470 will be given. Then on to Oakham Castle in the trail of the victorious Yorkist army to witness the continuing influence of these times.
Refreshments and lunch can be taken at the Castle Gardens Café.
In the afternoon we return to Leicester city centre for a walking tour of notable Ricardian locations including the Blue Boar Inn, Bow Bridge and St. Mary de Castro Church. Throughout this trail you will be introduced to King Richards' preparations to meet the emerging challenge from Henry Tudor.
Return to your hotel or enjoy the extensive range of city centre attractions and restaurants.
We start by driving to Bosworth Battlefield Visitors Centre. Your guide will give a familiarisation tour of Ambion Hill, Richard's camp the day before the fateful battle. We then move on to the newly discovered battlefield site on Redemoor. Here your guide will explain the conduct of the battle in the fields in which it was fought. We return to the Centre for refreshments and take time to explore the exhibition on the battle and War of the Roses.
After lunch we return to Leicester where your guide will give you an account of Leicester University's discovery of the Kings body at the location of Greyfriar's Monastery. The tour then accesses the excellent RIII Visitors Centre where his life is set into context and the amazing detective work to identify his skeleton is explained. Refreshments are available here. The tour ends at St. Martin's Cathedral where King Richards tomb, is on display.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.
The cost of our King Richard III Flexi Tour is £525.00 per person.*.
* This price per person is based upon a minimum of 2 people, and no more than 7, travelling in a dedicate tour vehicle driven by our expert Battlefield Guide.
All of our Flexi-date tours are fully customisable to allow you to see the sites that are most important to you. You can extend this tour to allow a visit to Ludlow Castle and Tewkesbury Battlefield or to visit Ricardian Yorkshire including Wakefield & Middleham Castles.
Where changes to the standard itinerary are made there may be an additional charge to cover the associated additional costs.
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