Follow in the footsteps of the last Plantagenet King of England, Richard III, as he fights to defend his kingdom. Visit his birthplace, battlefield of 'Losecoat Field'; before travelling to Leicester and the Bosworth Battlefield.
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.
Your tour is led by one our team of battlefield historians and at each site he will set the scene and explain what happened, where and why, in a clear and succinct way.
Your tour begins at 09:00 am when your guide meets you at Jubilee Square in Leicester. 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.
Our first day's touring complete, we return to Jubilee Square in Leicester where we drop you off.
Your second day begins at 09:00 am when your guide meets you at Jubilee Square in Leicester.
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. Our final stop is at St. Martin's Cathedral where King Richards tomb, is on display.
Our tour ends at visiting King Richards tomb.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.
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