In this tour we follow the story of King Richard III and his defeat on Bosworth field in 1485 when the War of the Roses came to a dramatic end and saw the dawn of the Tudor dynasty. We visit the site of the Battle of Bosworth, see King Richard’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral and look at this fascinating period of history with expert Dr Michael Jones.
‘He bore himself like a gallant knight and acted with distinction as his own champion until his last breath.’ So wrote historian John Rous about the fateful charge of King Richard III at Bosworth Field. Now, with the discovery of the exact location of the Battlefield of Bosworth and the burial place of Richard, it is time to take another look at the War of the Roses in East Midlands. In the company of Dr Michael Jones, we will examine the battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485 when the War of the Roses came to a sudden and dramatic end: Richard III died on the field of battle and his challenger, Henry VII, went on to found the Tudor dynasty. We shall study Richard of York, what happened to him on the battlefield and how his corpse was treated after the battle.
Meet at the Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth by 14:00. Afternoon visit to Kirby Muxloe, the residence of William Lord Hastings, who was executed for treason by Richard III in 1483. Return to hotel for introductory lecture. Group dinner.
Battle of Bosworth
We drive to Dadlington to visit the site of the Battle of Bosworth 1485, and then on to the Bosworth Battlefield Centre to enjoy the exhibition. Group dinner.
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
Fotheringhay & Leicester
In the morning we check out of our hotel and visit Fotheringhay, the birthplace of Richard. We will then travel on to Leicester to explore the newly opened Richard III visitors centre, located on the site where the King’s remains were discovered and Leicester Cathedral, to see Richard III tomb and memorial. We shall have a group lunch in Leicester and return to the hotel at approx 15:30. You are free to depart at your leisure.
Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch
At a Glance
2 nights hotel with English breakfast
1 lunch & 2 evening meals
Specialist Historical Guide
Travel by executive coach
Included Excursions & Visits
Historical visits as described
Optional Excursions & Visits
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
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 believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
The Britannia Bosworth Hall hotel is located in the heart of the English countryside and is set in 11 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel itself is a grade two listed building which dates back to the 17th century and has many of its original features. The hotels facilities include a bar, a restaurant, a cocktail bar, Complimentary Parking, Crompton's Restaurant, gardens, gym, health spa (additional costs), sauna, steam room, swimming pool* and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature T.V, hairdryer, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi/Internet access (payable) and en-suite bathroom.
*The swimming pool may close without prior notice.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not
generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests
at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
booking reference. If your holiday is longer than
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
Ask one of our friendly reservations team for
more details when you book your holiday.
Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.
On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your
tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your
car in the car park which is accredited by the Park
Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24
hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is
made on arrival using the self-service machines.
Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany
Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)
on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.
If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.
Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver.
Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular
date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer
Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours,
compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National
Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.