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Richard III and the War of the Roses
- Two nights bed and breakfast at the four star Hilton Leicester hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome reception
- First night private dinner with wine
- Second dinner in the hotel restaurant
- One light lunch
- All talks, guided tours, admissions
- Coach transfers and tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
- Holiday insurance
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Welcome reception followed by a private dinner with wine. After dinner Julian Humphrys (April, August and September) or Mike Ingram (July) will give a talk on "The Wars of the Roses" which will look at its causes and the events leading to the extinction of the Lancastrian line and the accessions of Edward IV and Richard III.
First we visit Leicester Cathedral where Richard III's remains are to be laid to rest followed by a visit next door to the Guildhall to view the major exhibition telling the story of Richard III, his life and times and the search for his remains. Objects on display include a model of King Richard's skull, a case of items from the Greyfriars excavation including decorated floor tiles, a silver penny of Edward IV, and a section of carved stone frieze from the wall of the Greyfriars church. There is also an accurate model of the Blue Boar inn, the building in Leicester where Richard spent the night before leaving for Bosworth and time prevailing there will be a walking city tour of the main Richard III trail in Leicester, including the castle gate remains where he often syated, the gardens and his statue. After lunch (not included) it's onto the Bosworth Visitor Centre. Bosworth, which was fought in 1485, saw the death of Richard III ending the Plantagenet dynasty and ushering the first Tudor King Henry VII. The battle was believed to have taken place on Ambion hill, near Sutton Cheney, but a study of original documents and an archaeological survey of the area have now pinpointed a site in fields more than a mile to the south west, and you will visit both the visitor centre and the new location. As well as many artefacts in the museum there is a new display 'Richard III - The Making of a Myth' with illustrated displays of the striking artwork of Manga-style artist John Aggs, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the king's life and some of the myths surrounding his death and burial. Evening dinner at the hotel followed by a talk by the Chairman of the Richard III Society, Dr Phil Stone (April and September), Frank Baldwin (July), Chairman of the Battlefields Trust, or historian Mike Ingram (August) "Richard III - a bloody tyrant?"
This morning we have a short visit to Kirby Muxloe castle, which was begun in 1480 by William Hastings, first Baron Hastings, during the period of the Wars of the Roses. This fortified residence on a rectangular plan enclosed by walls and moat was never completed as Richard III executed Hastings for treason in 1483. We then move onto Stoke Hall near Newark. After a light lunch we will walk around the battlefield of Stoke. Fought in June 1487, Stoke was the last battle of the Wars of the Roses and saw the defeat of a Yorkist force under the Earl of Lincoln and Lord Lovell by a royal army under the command of the Earl of Oxford. As at Bosworth the Earl of Oxford's troops held the Yorkists and then counter-attacked, breaking the Yorkist army and then destroying them in the rout. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 100 passengers.
Located three miles from Leicester city centre, the four star Hilton Leicester hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, cafe, indoor pool and fitness centre. Complimentary car parking for Travel Editions clients is available at the hotel.
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This was a fantastic two day tour of Richard III & Wars of the Roses.Thanks to the amazing knowlwedge of Richard & Mike and expertise of Ian & Mary who are highly commended. Highly recommended tour. Brilliant! Congratulations.