Oliver Cromwell Warts and All

2 nights starting from
£499

  • Private dinner at Holdenby House

  • Magnificent Ely and two Cromwell houses

  • Talk from Dr Ben Robinson

Oliver Cromwell - hero? Villain? Traitor? Whatever your view of this controversial historical figure, he certainly changed England. Cromwell came from humble beginnings - a minor land owner and farmer who rose to become king in all but name. His exceptional organisational abilities and military know-how allowed him to rise to Lieutenant-General of the New Model Army, a journey explored on this superb tour that takes you from his birthplace, Huntingdon, to Ely, his home from 1636 and to Naseby, site of his most famous battle in 1645.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Northampton Marriott from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception followed by a private dinner with wine, followed by a talk from Mike Ingram ‘Cromwell: His Life’. Joining Mike to host this special tour will be English Heritage’s Dr Ben Robinson, TV presenter and archaeologist.

Day 2: Ely and private visit and dinner at Holdenby House.
Travel to Ely and visit Oliver Cromwell’s home, originally built in the 13th century, now a museum dedicated to his life. After lunch (not included) we visit Ely Cathedral. The present building dates back to 1083, and, architecturally, it is outstanding both for its scale and stylistic details. Throughout the 1640s, with Cromwell’s army occupying the Isle of Ely, a puritanical regime of worship was imposed. That no significant destruction of the cathedral occurred during the Civil War, may be due to his protection. Return to the hotel with time to freshen up before a special private visit and dinner with wine at Holdenby House, one of the largest prodigy houses of the Tudor period. Charles 1st was imprisoned here after Naseby and later transferred to Oatlands, Hampton court and finally, Carisbrooke Castle before his execution.


Day 3: Huntingdon and Naseby Battlefield.
We make our way to Oliver Cromwell’s home town of Huntingdon to visit the Cromwell Museum, located in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building, where the young Cromwell was educated as a schoolboy and first received exposure to Puritan ideas through the teaching of Dr Thomas Beard. On display is a vestry book of the parish of St Ives, which includes his signature, and some of his possessions, even his hat. Later in life Cromwell moved in powerful and wealthy circles and he received some beautiful gifts, now amongst the museum’s exhibits including a magnificent Florentine perfume cabinet, a gift from the Grand Duke of Tuscany and a 17th century medicine chest, still with its surgical instruments and tools, which Cromwell took on campaign with him. Also on show is the original escutcheon which was draped across his coffin and a death mask made directly from Cromwell’s face soon after he died. He was baptised at the church of St. John in 1599 and it’s here we visit next, before heading to the remains of Huntingdon Castle.  After lunch (not included) we make our way to Naseby Battlefield, the site of Cromwell's greatest victory and widely recognised as the most important battle in English History after Hastings. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.


NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers discretion. 

Please note
: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 47 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the Northampton Marriott, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine 
  • Second evening dinner with wine at Holdenby House
  • All talks, tours and admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for Sole use 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

HOTELS

Northampton Marriott Hotel 
Located close to J15 off the M1, the modern, four-star Northampton Marriott Hotel offers a bar, restaurant, indoor pool, gym and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. Complimentary car parking is availalbe at the hotel. 

Northampton Marriott Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Your hosts and guides:
Mike Ingram is a Military historian and popular Travel Editions guide. He is accompanied by Dr Ben Robinson, archaeologist and inspector of ancient monuments for English Heritage. In 2015 he presented a BBC Four series The Flying Archaeologist and in January 2015 Last journey of the Magna Carta King on BBC2 which investigated the story of King Johns lost treasure and the last days of his life.

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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Excellent tour, very well put together and all in a beautiful part of the country.

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Hotel could have been closer to places visited.

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The two tour leaders were very informative and enthusiastic about Cromwell and the history of the local area. The private visit was interesting and relevant. I would like you to include details of the hotel and its location in your brochure descriptions. This is the first time I have not been able to arrive at the hotel by local bus. Is there a more conveniently located hotel.

Review by Kirwood who travelled 12-September-2019


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Good tour,we would have liked one extra day.

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It would have been useful to have been given some recommendations for pre-tour reading.

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A well managed and interesting tour. Mike Ingram and Ben Robinson were extremely knowledgeable and made the journeys between venues interesting with their comments. The local guides at Cromwell's House, the Cromwell Museum and Ely Cathedral were also excellent. It was difficult to know what to wear for the dinner - it wasn't black tie but some ladies were in evening dress - in future I'd probably avoid the tours with dinners other than in the hotel.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-September-2018


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Very instructive bur also enjoyable. Mike Ingram very authoritative and amusing as always.

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We had two managers leading the tour. Both were very good and made a lot of research into the subject matter. The two dinners proved were excellent. We made our own way to the hotel and needs to be reflected in the questions above. The Marriott hotel was good as you would expect from a Marriott hotel.

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