Wars of the Roses: Bosworth & Northampton

Mike Ingram
​A 3-night history holiday based in Warwick, with exceptional access to the biggest battlefields from the Wars or the Roses

Tour Dates

27/08/2021 - 30/08/2021 Book

Wars of the Roses – the decisive battle

With special access to private sites, you'll discover some of the key battles, events and characters of the Wars of the Roses, when the Houses of York and Lancaster battled for supremacy in England. 

This small-group expert-led tour is based in the ancient town of Warwick for easy access to the sites you’ll be exploring. You’ll see where King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth and then lay buried under a car park in Leicester for centuries. You’ll visit the field of Northampton, where Warwick the Kingmaker captured Henry VI in a daring raid. And you’ll enjoy special access to some of the key battlefields from the Wars of the Roses. 



The expert leading your tour

Mike Ingram is a historian, author, lecturer and tour guide and the current chair of the Northampton Battlefields Society. He has written many books on the Wars of the Roses, including "The Battles and Battlefields of Northamptonshire," "Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth," “The Battle of Northampton 1460,” and “Battle Story: Bosworth 1485.” 



Locations you’ll visit

  • Private access to Bosworth field, site of Richard's final battle
  • Bosworth Visitor Centre
  • Leicester Cathedral and the new reburial grave of King Richard III
  • Richard III Visitor Centre
  • Fotheringhay Church and Castle, birthplace of Richard III
  • Delapré Abbey in Northampton, where Yorkists captured the King Henry VI
Please note that due to COVID restrictions outside of our control, the places we visit on any tour may change. If this happens, we will replace with an appropriate alternative.



Tour map

From your base in Warwick, your expert guide takes you to a new destination every day.




Tour prices

This tour costs from £999 per person, based on two sharing if you are taking part in the tours, and from £799 if you are not taking part in the tour.

There is no single supplement for individuals staying in single rooms, and a small extra charge for individuals in twin or double rooms. 


Included in your holiday

  • Special access to Bosworth and Northampton battlefields
  • Expert guide
  • Tour manager
  • Luxury hotel accommodation
  • Executive minibus travel to all sites, with space so you can always have a spare seat next to you
  • Entry to all attractions
  • Breakfast and dinner each day



Available dates

This three-night tour departs on 27 August 2021 (book here). 

Numbers are limited, reserve your place with a low 5% deposit and enjoy the full flexibility of our COVID guarantee. 
 

Accommodation

You'll be spending much of your time exploring sights and attractions with your tour expert, so when you return to your hotel we know how important it is to be somewhere you can relax and refresh in comfort.

For this tour, you'll be staying in a luxury hotel in Warwick. You'll have everything you need for a comfortable night's sleep with rooms that are ensuite and facilities including a TV, radio and complimentary wifi.

Each day we'll provide meeting times for tours, meals and evening activities, leaving you with time to enjoy your hotel or explore locally.  
 

Your booking includes:

  • Ensuite room with tea & coffee facilities and wifi
  • Breakfast and dinner
 

There are extra charges for:

  • All food and drink outside of breakfast and dinner. 


Transfers during your tour

For transfers between all tour destinations we use large 17-22 seater executive minibuses so that the seat beside you can be empty.

Transfers will be a luxury experience and your minibus will have comfortable reclining seats with safety belts, a fully operational air-conditioning system, an on-board refrigerator and a fully functioning toilet maintained throughout your journey.

Our drivers are friendly, smart, professional and punctual. so you are always in safe hands. 

 

Solo travellers welcome

Our tours are perfect for solo travellers who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of a subject, and prefer the choice of being as solitary or social as you like. Each tour is a journey of an independent mind – fellow travellers will be intelligent, well-read, knowledgeable and like-minded people, and a mutual interest in a particular topic can lead to life-long friendships.

Read more about our welcome for solo travellers here.​​
 

Options for non-touring partners

Warwick is a beautiful, historic market town. Head to Smith Street for independent shops and antique stores that are bursting with character. There’s a thriving market every Saturday, and fine restaurants are nestled among the town’s old buildings.

Stunning Warwick Castle is a major draw with a full programme of dazzling shows and attractions for action-packed days out. 

Within the town, St Mary’s Church dominates the skyline and makes for a fascinating visit. The magnificent mediaeval chapel of the Beauchamp family houses the tombs of past Earls of Warwick, and visitors can also see the Chapel of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and a 12th century Norman Crypt that contains one of only two remaining ducking stools in England. You can climb to the top of the tower for a glorious view of the town, countryside and castle. 

The Lord Leycester Hospital is a fascinating group of buildings that were built in the 14th century, and there’s a hidden Master’s Garden for those who explore further. You can stop and recharge at the 500 year old cafe, The Brethren's Kitchen.

Tranquil Hill Close Gardens is a delightful network of lovingly restored Victorian gardens that feature delightful summerhouses, old fruit trees, and lovely flowers and vegetables. There’s also a great tearoom and visitor centre where you can buy supplies for your own garden. 

The town is also home to several interesting museums, including St John’s Museum, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum, the Yeomanry Museum and the Warwickshire Museum in Market Hall, with displays dedicated to the town’s past. 

Racing fans can pay a visit to the racecourse, which is in the heart of the town and hosts 19 high quality fixtures through the year. 

Your daily itinerary is below:

Tour Dates

27/08/2021 - 30/08/2021 Book

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at your hotel and settle in. In the afternoon your guide will lead a walk around Warwick, taking in the Lord Leycester medieval hospital and St Mary’s Church, which dominates the Warwick skyline and is where the Beauchamp family, including Warwick ‘the Kingmaker,’ have a magnificent chapel. Warwick is an ancient and beautiful market town on the banks of the river Avon and there is plenty to do for enthusiasts and partners alike.

Day 2

You'll be taken by executive coach to Bosworth field, where Richard III died in battle. This was one of the most significant events in British history. It ended the long Plantagenet reign and saw the start of the new Tudor dynasty under Henry VII.

Your visit includes access to the site, which is privately owned, and your guide will provide a walking tour of the field to highlight the latest discoveries and interpretations following recent geophysical analysis and archaeological finds.

You'll also go to the Bosworth Visitor Centre where there is a fascinating wall of weapons and armour.

Before returning to our hotel in Warwick, we will go to Leicester Cathedral, site of the new reburial grave of King Richard III, following the discovery of his body under a car park in 2012. You'll also visit the Richard III visitor centre, located opposite the cathedral.

Day 3

You will visit Delapré Abbey, in Northampton, where, in 1460, supporters of the Duke of York led by Warwick the Kingmaker captured the king, Henry VI, in the Wars' only attack on a fortified encampment.

On our return, you’ll visit Fotheringhay Church of St Mary and All Saints. Fotheringhay was the birthplace of Richard III and the church contains a mausoleum of the Yorkist dynasty in the Wars of the Roses. So in the course of a weekend, you will see where King Richard III was born and died.

Day 4

Your final morning is free for you to explore the ancient town of Warwick.