1066 is the one date in English history that most people remember. The year when the Saxon King Harold met in deadly battle his rival for the English crown, William Duke of Normandy. On this tour we will look at the history of the two claimants, the strength and weaknesses of the claims and the events that led to the invasion in October 1066. We will follow Duke William’s forces from their landing at Pevensey Bay, up to Senlac Hill. We will stand on the ridge where the Saxon shield wall several times repulsed the charging Norman cavalry and we will hear of the death of Harold and his brothers and how the Normans won the day. Having defeated the English forces, William consolidated his hold on the country, marching to London where he was crowned King on Christmas Day. He built castles as a sign of his power and religious houses in atonement for the loss of life during the conquest. The Normans changed the landscape and the lifestyle, the language and the laws of England and we are their heirs.
Meet at the Best Western Lansdowne Hotel by 14.00hrs for a welcome drink, introductory talk and dinner. Stay two nights in Eastbourne.
- Included meals: Dinner
The landing at Pevensey Bay. We visit Pevensey Castle and look at the Landing of Pevensey Bay. We continue to the battlefield on Senlac Hilland then to Battle Abbey and museum.
- Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We visit Lewes Castle, begun in 1066 and Lewes Priory. Return to the hotel/station by 16.00hrs for departure.
- Included meals: Breakfast
Prices are per person, based on two sharing.
Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £89; travel insurance from £16.50.
Your tour is led by Specialist Historical Guide Dr. Michael Jones who developed his love of history at Bristol University, and his interests range from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. He is the author of Bosworth 1485 - Psychology of a Battle and a battlefield guide to Agincourt. He has been guiding tours for over 20 years and his particular interest is in battlefield Psychology.
We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.
We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.
Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.
Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.
The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.
It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.
To book this tour, just give our friendly team a call on 01709 787 463 or book online at www.leger.co.uk