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Richard III - The Last King To Die In Battle

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£329

  • Bosworth Battlefield and visitor centre

  • Richard III exhibition and tomb in Leicester Cathedral

  • Kirby Muxloe, lunch at Prebendal Manor and Fotheringhay.

Richard III is one of England’s most notorious kings. His death at Bosworth in 1485 ended the long Plantagenet reign and heralded the start of the Tudor dynasty. This tour will trace Richard’s trail back from his car park burial site through Leicester to Bosworth Field before looking at Fotheringhay, where he was born, altogether a fascinating historical journey.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Leicester from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by expert Julian Humphrys of the Battlefield Trust - ‘The Wars of the Roses’, looking at the causes of, and events leading to, the ascension of Edward IV.

Day 2: Bosworth, Leicester Cathedral and the Richard III Visitor Centre.
First we travel out to Bosworth to explore the visitor centre, which gives an insight into medieval life through film, displays and artefacts. Next we visit the battlefield where Richard was killed, with commentary by your guides from the coach, as we travel around key locations. After lunch in Leicester (not included) it’s on to Leicester Cathedral where you will see the new tomb of Richard III. Afterwards, we visit the new Richard III Visitor Centre and exhibition. Here, visitors are guided through the dramatic story of the king’s life, brutal death and the fascinating story of his rediscovery. After dinner there will be a talk by Dr Richard Buckley, who led the team who discovered Richard III’s remains - ‘The King under the Carpark - Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III’.

Day 3: Kirby Muxloe, lunch at Prebendal Manor and Fotheringhay.
This morning we make a short visit to Kirby Muxloe Castle, begun by William Hastings during the Wars of the Roses. The fortified residence was never completed due to Hastings’ execution by Richard for treason in 1483. A private light lunch (included) is organised at Prebendal Manor which dates back to the 13th Century and is the earliest surviving dwelling in Northamptonshire. Alan Titchmarsh described the garden as the finest example of a recreated medieval garden. We finish the day with a visit to lovely Fotheringhay to view the Castle ruins, where Richard was born in 1452 and where Mary Queen of Scots was executed. We will also visit St Mary & All Saints Church nearby. Return to the hotel for approximately 18.00.

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.

INCLUDED

  • 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 three-course dinner with wine 
  • Second dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • One light lunch at Prebendal Manor
  • All talks, guided tours, admissions 
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • 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 

HOTELS

Hilton Leicester
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.

Hilton Leicester Hotel Website 

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Your Lecturers

Julian Humphrys
After reading history at the University of Cambridge, Julian has had a long and impressive career relating to the themes and issues explored throughout this trip.  He is the Development Officer at the Battlefields Trust, an experienced battlefields guide, an author of a number of books on English battles and a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine.  Julian’s input aims to enhance and develop your understanding of this fascinating subject and exciting period of history.

Richard Buckley
Dr Richard Buckley OBE  is a graduate in archaeology from the Universities of Durham and Leicester and has spent over 30 years working as an archaeologist in Leicester, specialising in complex Roman and medieval urban sites and historic buildings. He was lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the 'Search for Richard' project.

Tour Manager/joint expert historian - Mike Ingram
Mike Ingram is a medieval historian, author and lecturer. He regularly leads tours around medieval battlefields and is also chairman of the Northampton Battlefields Society. His book Battle Story: Bosworth 1485 was published in 2012.

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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A fascinating Tour with 2 excellent and knowledgeable guides. The visit to the Prebendal Manor House could have been difficult as the owner had mixed up the dates. But Mike immediately arranged for us to have lunch at the local pub which coincided with the England Panama match!

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I really enjoyed this tour. Both leaders were excellent, they were very knowledgeable and approachable. I admired the way the confusion over lunch at the Prebendal Manor House was sorted out so smoothly. The other glitch was noise at the hotel on Saturday night but I think this is inevitable with weekend weddings and apart from that it was a very good hotel with excellent food.

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An excellent tour.Everything went well.Tour manager and colleague also coach driver very helpful .Hotel and food excellent.We will probably travel with you again

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Suberb. Attention to detail faultless. Special mention must be made of Julian Humphreys whose knowledge, sense of humour and engaging manner brought Richard 111 vividly to life. Will certainly consider another trip soon.

Review by Crompton who travelled 11-August-2017


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The whole weekend had been carefully planned to ensure that the subject was covered thoroughly. The tour manager was always available and extremely helpful - nothing appeared to be a problem and the whole weekend went very well. Planning to book again in 2017.

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Excellent weekend with very informative tours and lectures by Julian Humphrys and Mike Ingram. Richard Buckley's evening talk was especially interesting as he was the lead archaeologist on the dig. Hotel was also excellent with very pleasant and helpful staff.

Review by Stephens who travelled 11-August-2017


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It was my first trip and I found it very interesting and well organised. I will certainly consider booking another one in the future.

Review by Whisson who travelled 11-August-2017


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This was our first Travel Editions tour, and we had some misgivings about being part of a structured tour. We needn't have worried! The visits were well paced and extremely interesting. Our tour guides, Julian and Mike were wonderfully knowledgeable, and not just within the confines of the tour, but over a whole range of subjects. We saw and learnt things that we would not have done "under our own steam". Guest speaker Richard Buckley brought the background to the "King in the Carpark" story vividly to life. We can't fault this tour, and are already planning our next one!

Review by Champion who travelled 11-August-2017


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Our two historians were exceptionally good. They were both very knowlegeable and highly entertaining. Both evening talks were very good, though perhaps if I'd had no awareness of the history I would have been floundering a little on who was who. Perhaps there were too many churches though I suppose they are generally the only buildings from the period. Sunday I felt was a little less good. A visit to a castle which exists only as an ancient earthwork seemed a touch pointless. The story of the church was well told but I felt the Prebendal Manor, though it's owner was interesting, had too little left of the original to really have a clear idea of what it would have been like in the 1400's and the garden was probably reasonably mediaeval about 10 years ago but could have done with some diagrams to show the likely extent of the manorial estate and a good deal more gardening to make it worth a visit. The medicinal plants though were interesting. Our coach journeys, even when we were forced on a long detour were hugely enhanced by the informative commentary. Thank you. I enjoyed it.

Review by Johns who travelled 11-August-2017


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It could have been made clearer on the visits where it was necessary to see the site. The Fotherghay and Bosworth Field it was good to see the actual site but would have preferred not to stand while information was given. Some members were ederly and using walking aids so I am not sure how they got on. I did enjoy the visit as a whole.

Review by Mrs Mary Breading who travelled 09-June-2017


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An excellent trip, every aspect of the trip went well. The lecturers were extremely well informed and interesting. We would be interested ourselves in receiving a brochure of other similar holidays.

Review by Mrs Lindsey Aitchison who travelled 07-October-2016


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Excellent well organised , physical abilities of group never forgotten.. Tour Manager worked well with Mike Ingram who dealt so well with the range of knowledge of all the people on the tour .He really knew the period. The evening talk by Richard Buckley brought the ' dig ' to life. Leicester University if you google it have some very interesting talks by the other people involved. The most difficult part was finding the Hilton Hotel off Leicester's terrible traffic system as you come off the M1 !

Review by Mrs Valerie Foss who travelled 07-October-2016


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Richard III was an exciting action-packed weekend. The two speakers gave us an excellent insight through their very clear and interesting lectures. The whole weekend was a most rewarding experience. Just one quibble: the food at the Hilton was rather disappointing.

Review by Mrs Jennifer Nott who travelled 07-October-2016


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A good feeling on the tour. Most informative and enjoyable. 2 problems: getting to the Hilton Hotel, the price of drinks there!

Review by Mrs Sally Williams who travelled 07-October-2016


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Battle plans provided were excellent. However, a printed family tree of key players would help understanding on the introductory talk on the Friday night, and act as an aide memoire during the weekend. Overall, an excellent tour, although Prebendal Manor (although interesting) didn't seem to fit the subject. Have you considered a tour covering King Stephen and the anarchy?

Review by Mrs Thelma Cobbold who travelled 30-September-2016


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Definitely a best seller, excellent in all respects.

Review by Prof Chris Rice who travelled 07-October-2016


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Excellent weekend , Tour well run and well organised -- but at the same time one dident feel herded and overly organised Congratulations on your Staff.

Review by Mrs Wendy Macgregor who travelled 07-October-2016


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Trip to Fotheringhay Castle disappointing. Little to see and too much time travelling. Everything else excellent.

Review by Mrs Lynda Bennett who travelled 30-September-2016


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Excellent trip all round. Very interesting subject, brilliant lectures and visits. thank you very much for such an inspiring, well organised and comfortable two days. hotel meals were excellent too. It was good to be taken to the station at the end.

Review by Mrs Jill Wilson who travelled 30-September-2016


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extremely interesting and lively our. our lecturer and tour manager did a wonderful job and we were very lucky to have them. Leicester has a lot to offer, so did Northants.

Review by Mrs Jill Wilson who travelled 30-September-2016


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Excellent from start to finish hotel trips and food wonderful

Review by Dr Judith Pusey who travelled 30-September-2016


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Review by Mrs Jane Lloyd who travelled 12-August-2016


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First lecture too long and detailed after we had all travelled, eaten and drunk. Shorter resume would have been better. Second day , could have done without bombardment of information, all the way to Bosworth

Review by Mrs Rosemary Wigley who travelled 12-August-2016


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Thank you - it was an amazing experience and we learned so much in a short time. Hotel was very good and fellow guests pleasant.

Review by Mrs Lucy Waters who travelled 12-August-2016


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Very imformaive lectures. So glad we had a lecture from the archeologist in charge of the dig !

Review by Mr Nigel Murrell who travelled 12-August-2016


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thoroughly enjoyed it especially the talk on the excavation

Review by Mrs Ann Heap who travelled 12-August-2016


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We enjoyed this tour more than any other conducted tour we have experienced

Review by Ms M Rishko who travelled 12-August-2016


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A few problems with reception at hotel, room was good but apart from the breakfast which was good, the food was poor. Sometimes information about what was happening when was a little sketchy. The guest speaker was excellent. It was a full programme but very good.

Review by Dr Patricia Dutton who travelled 12-August-2016


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The talk on the fist night bore no resembence to the title given in the brochure etc. A straight list of battles was a very poor substitute to the expected summary of the '...turbulant events leadin up to the end of Richard III's short reign.'

Review by Dr Peter Elwood who travelled 12-August-2016


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Pre-tour reading essential, complicated subject. Two door coach essential for a group of 50. Good choice of hotel. Value for money. Will look out for more of your trips.

Review by Mrs Irene Bayley who travelled 12-August-2016


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The weekend was most enjoyable, both for myself (who had been interested in Richard III for many years) and for my husband (who had alot to learn). We felt that the weakest link was the lecture on the first night, which set out to explain the background to the Wars of the Roses This could only be followed by those people who already knew a great deal, but was completely confusing for the rest of the audience. Giving a talk consisting of a great number of family trees with little explanation is a very bad idea and the speaker needs to trim down the trees and do more explanation. Richard Buckley's talk on the Saturday night was, on the other hand, absolutely wonderful. Other than that I would recommend the tour to anyone. Judith Broadgate.

Review by Mrs Judith Broadgate who travelled 12-August-2016


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You are guaranteed a great time with Julian and Mike running the tour.

Review by Mr W Wallburton who travelled 22-July-2016


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The first night "reception" didn't happen. We were given a glass of wine to take to our table in the dining room so we did not get to socialise with other guests.

Review by Mr Roger Nicholls who travelled 22-July-2016


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Very enjoyable and informative.

Review by Mr Peter Treadwell who travelled 22-July-2016


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I DID send a survey after last week-end's Tour but I think it worthwhile saying it again! I thoroughly enjoyed the Richard 111 weekend. The Manager and Lecturers were excellent. The fine weather was a bonus!!

Review by Mrs Margaret Phipps who travelled 22-July-2016


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Very informative. Every minute filled. No concessions to the age or physical abilities of the group. Both lecturers focused on the subject and were obviously specialists. The wonderful weather made outside events very pleasant. Food excellent. Hotel rooms excellent. When I've recovered I may consider another trip.

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Excellent trip, found it a good mix of visits and lectures. Really appreciated the knowledge of the experts

Review by Mr David Selby who travelled 22-July-2016


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I thought the weekend with "Richard lll" was fascinating and we couldn't have had better speakers and guides who inspired us with their knowledge and enthusiasm. I have long been a supporter of Richard and this tour confirmed my belief that he was unfairly maligned and denigrated. It was also amazing to see that so much remains of medieval Leicester and it was particularly moving to actually see the tomb in the cathedral and to visit his childhood home at Fotheringhay. I would thoroughly recommend this tour and hope to attend the "Richard in the North" tour next year. Thank you!

Review by Mrs Elizabeth Verlander who travelled 10-June-2016


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Loved everything about this weekend tour. Hotel clean and comfortable. Food excellent. Lectures and tours very interesting and informative.

Review by Mrs Jeanne Coker who travelled 10-June-2016


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We enjoyed our weekend tour very much. The visits were interesting, well organised and informative, and conducted with enthusiasm and humour. Our hotel provided a comfortable base, good food and helpful staff. Thank you to all concerned: this was my first Travel Editions tour, and I look forward to travelling with you again.

Review by Mrs Eileen Mccall who travelled 10-June-2016


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Mike and Julian were brilliant. Really enjoyed the whole tour. Only problem - hotel. Food luke warm, toaster didn't toast. Could have been worse I suppose but it did spoil things a bit.

Review by Mrs Gill Steele who travelled 10-June-2016


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We really enjoyed our trip. Very interesting and informative , Julian Humphrys and Mike Ingram were excellent .

Review by Mrs Janet Moore who travelled 10-June-2016


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Had a brilliant weekend in Leicester with other assorted history nutters. My first trip with Travel Editions but won't be my last , hope to be booking on another one soon ! Many thanks to all involved.

Review by Mrs Susan Hitchenes who travelled 10-June-2016


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We booked through the Daily Telegraph where we saw the advert.

Review by Mrs Mary Talbot who travelled 10-June-2016


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We really enjoyed this tour-Mike and Julian were very friendly and informative- hotel and food good although television in our room didn't work (we wanted to watch hi lights of England Australia rugby match) reported this twice to reception but unfortunately n-one came to fix it!!!

Review by Mrs Elaine Baker who travelled 10-June-2016


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excellent trip and good value for what was included. only criticism is that there was no mid morning stop for coffee/tea on second day (did stop for toilet break only). most of us need a bit of a break from everything going on. It was ok on day 1 because there was a cafe at the Richard third centre and lots of us had a break then.

Review by Mrs Jean Tennant who travelled 10-June-2016


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We would have appreciated an itinerary prior to arriving and the hotel had no information. Some guests already had some info but others like is doing. Otherwise very enjoyable.

Review by Mrs Christina Pollard who travelled 10-June-2016


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