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War of the Roses Tours

Follow in the footsteps of the Houses of York and Lancaster as they fight for the crown of England. Explore the battlefields in the company of one of our expert guides as they recount the stories of what happened.

A Game of Thrones

War of the Roses

Our 5-days / 4-nights Classic Tour

Our War of the Roses Classic Tour follows in the footsteps of the Houses of York and Lancaster as they struggle for control of the English throne. We travel across the breadth of England to visit the most significant battlefield locations of this tempestuous period that saw some of the most brutal and vicious battles ever to be fought on England’s soil.

On your tour you will visit the battlefields at St Albans, Barnet, Northampton, Losecoat Field, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Bridge, Towton, Ludford Bridge, Mortimer’s Cross, Tewkesbury and Bosworth where your battlefield historian will bring this dynastic struggle to life by recounting some of the events that took place in this real Game of Thrones. Your battlefield historian will tell you of the acts of bravery and treachery that occurred in this violent and often unrestrained fighting.

You will follow in the footsteps of four English Kings and the powerful nobility, both male and female, that shaped English History in their pursuit of the English Crown.

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This Bloody Crown

War of the Roses

Our 5-days / 4-nights Country House Hotels Tour

Our War of the Roses Country Houses Tour follows the same itinerary as our Classic Tour but with an added twist, you will be staying in carefully selected Luxury Country House Hotels during the tour.

You spend your first night at the The Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa near Northampton. Steeped in tradition and history, this beautiful luxury country house hotel is surrounded by formal gardens and parkland landscaped by Capability Brown in the 1760s. It was a home built for entertaining: Elizabeth I and other monarchs all enjoyed its fine hospitality, and that tradition continues to this day.

Your second night is spent at Thoresby Hall Hotel, one of Nottinghamshire's most important historic houses, that retains many of its original features. There are deep armchairs in the vaulted splendour of the Great Hall, and the house’s broad terrace overlooks a croquet lawn and acres of classic parkland. The rooms vary from historic sumptuous four-posters to simpler standard rooms. There is a wide range of activities available to guests and live entertainment every night.

Your third night is spent at Crewe Hall Hotel, a 17th century mansion and Grade I listed hotel surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Cheshire. This Jacobean mansion has played host to Kings and Queens and offers its guests a world of glamour, elegance and breathless romance.

Your fourth night will be spent at Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, a former Grade II listed monastery. Set in 26 acres of extensive gardens, this luxurious hotel is one of Worcestershire’s best-kept secrets and its history lives on through the original architecture, from the dramatic stone cloisters to the gothic stained-glass windows. The hotel offers its guests a taste of what life in an abbey was once like and is the perfect place to spend the last night of your tour.

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Richard III

Richard III Tour

Our 2-days In The Footsteps of King Richard III Tour

Our Richard III 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 King’s 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.

Since the discovery of his skeletal remains under a carpark in Leicester in August 2012, the story of King Richard III’s dark historical deeds and modern detective work has captured peoples’ imaginations around the world. It has re-written the history of this much-maligned monarch, whose grave had been lost for over 500 years, and there is an enduring interest in King Richard III, who reigned from 1483-1485. He is probably England’s most controversial medieval monarch; he was the last king of the House of York and the Plantagenet dynasty, which had ruled England for over 300 years, and the last English king to be killed in battle.

Your tour will be led by one of our expert battlefield historians, who will set the scene and explain what happened, where and why, in a clear and succinct way. He will tell you about Richard’s life and the age in which he lived on a tour designed to excite and enthral all those interested in medieval and Plantagenet times.

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Booking Your War of the Roses Battlefield Tour

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Page last updated: 16 July 2021.