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Battle Abbey – where the famous battle took place
Pevensey Castle – where the Normans landed
Tonbridge and Rochester Castles
Rochester’s lovely Norman Cathedral
Many of us remember the 1930s satirical book “1066 and All That” from our schooldays and this has given us the title for this new historical tour that will look into the monumental events of 1066 and the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror, as he became known, and the Battle of Hastings at which King Harold was killed. It was the last successful invasion of our shores and one which has resonated throughout a thousand years of history. Join Julian Humphrys to discover what happened, where, when and what were the implications on this interesting new tour.
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Best Western Rose and Crown, Tonbridge. from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine with talk from Julian – “The Norman Conquest.”
Day 2: Pevensey Castle and Battle Abbey
We start our exploration of the story at the same place as the invading Norman army – Pevensey. Now a seaside town, this is where William’s forces landed on 28th September 1066. An existing Saxon fort was later developed into a Norman Castle after the invasion and a visit here will start the tale of this epic event. After morning tea/coffee, we head inland to where the actual Battle of Hastings took place – Battle. An abbey commemorates the events of the 14th October and Julian will conduct a tour of the battlefield site so explain what happened (as far as modern historians can ascertain.) Return to the hotel for a second talk from Julian – “William the Conqueror” – and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Tonbridge Castle, Rochester Castle and Cathedral
Tonbridge was an important site in the Norman invasion with a simple Motte and Bailey castle to guard the crossing of the Medway. This castle was augmented over the centuries to become the building we see today. Rochester was famously home to Dickens, whose father worked at Chatham’s dockyard, but it has a long history dating back much further. Its Norman tower-keep was built in 1127 at the behest of Henry I and was the scene of a momentous battle in 1215 when the castle lay under siege from King John. The defenders held on for 2 months until eventually being starved out. The Norman Cathedral is even older, founded in AD604 by Bishop Justus. The current building dates back in parts to 1080 and became a place of pilgrimage in the 13th century, following the murder of William of Perth, after which a series of miracles were reported. Return to the hotel for about 1730.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
Best Western Rose and Crown, Tonbridge
The Rose and Crown is a 16th century coaching inn, with a modern bedroom annexe in the centre of the historic town of Tonbridge. Oozing period charm, the old part of this three-star hotel has a traditional pub bar and restaurant. Rooms in the annexe are modest but clean and comfortable with all modern amenities including free wifi.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
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