About the tour: The Battle of Hastings

With a heritage going back over many decades, Holts has become synonymous for high quality in-depth Battlefield and Historical tours. In the following collection of tours, we have focused on a selection of Historical tours covering a period of British History over the past centuries. All of these tours are led by Dr. Michael Jones, who has been guiding tours for over 20 years and his particular interest is in battlefield psychology.

Tour Includes

  • 2 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Travel by executive coach


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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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    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

    Your Excursions

    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.

    Single Room Supplement from £89.00 (3 days).

    The Battle of Hastings

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    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.

    You will stay for two nights at the 3-star Best Western Lansdowne Hotel in Eastbourne. The hotel enjoys a enviable location on the seafront overlooking the Western Lawns, with views across to Beachy Head. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and lounge.

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      The Battle of Hastings

      Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
      01709 787 463