About the tour: The Triumph of the Longbow

The Longbow was the key weapon of its period and dominated battles in the medieval world: the ‘Triumph’ of the Longbow was that it often tipped the balance in battle, leading to victory. This tour, led by Dr Michael Jones, a leading expert, looks at the role of the Longbow in the Battle of Agincourt and Battle of Crecy.

Tour Includes


  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach

DATES & PRICES

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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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    The first major victory of the ‘Hundred Years War’ was the Battle of Crècy (August 1346). After a month of destruction and plunder, dismounted English Men at Arms and skilled archers, who had honed their skills in battles with the Scots and Welsh, repulsed the charges of the French knights. The losses of the heavily armoured cavalry were so heavy that the remnants were forced to withdraw. The defeat of the chivalry of France signalled the end of the dominance of the mounted knight and sent shockwaves throughout Europe. Some 70 years later the English, led by their King Henry V, met the French army in the autumn of 1415. The might of the English longbow, wielded by the skilled archers, was once more demonstrated on the legendary field of Agincourt. Against all odds, small and outnumbered English armies defeated their French opponents owing, in no small part, to the dominance of their devastatingly effective weapon – the longbow. We will explore both battlefields in depth and take the opportunity not only to discuss the weapons and tactics employed by both sides, but to witness their implementation as demonstrated before us on the field of Agincourt itself. We will hear the story of the fighting men on both sides and visit the castle of the French Master of the Crossbowmen who was killed at Agincourt. Your guide is historian Dr Michael Jones, who has written a well-received book on the Agincourt campaign and battle, 24 Hours of Agincourt (WH Allen).

    Local departure by coach, then to Abbeville in Northern France for a three night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    This morning we travel to Le Crotoy, where the English imprisoned Jeanne d’Arc prior to her execution. Following a break for lunch we spend the afternoon visiting the XV Century castle at Rambures. Built during the 100 years war, we see the castle's unique architecture and explore the wonderful garden.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Drive to the Field of Agincourt. Surprisingly the battlefield itself has changed little, with the ‘funnel’ formed by the flanking woods still very obvious, and we can walk the ground as details of the battle, tactics and weapons are discussed. Picnic lunch. We will visit the informative Visitors’ Centre, and as today will feature the annual reenactment of a battle of the period, we shall take the opportunity to watch the re-enactors in all their splendour and wander around the authentically recreated camps.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We now move onto the Crècy Campaign. We walk the field itself and explore the battlefield before returning home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Battlefield 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.

    Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    The Triumph of the Longbow

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    Accommodation

    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 three nights at the 4-star Mercure Abbeville. The hotel enjoys an enviable location and offers a warm welcome. Relax in the bar and enjoy dinner in the pleasant restaurant.

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      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) 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 seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      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 Ferries.

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      The Triumph of the Longbow

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