Step back in time to the events around Richard III’s life and death, all the way to the rediscovery of his remains

Back in 2012, the rediscovery of the remains of King Richard III under a car park captivated the world. Join a two-night, expert-led history-themed break to learn more about the life and death of this fascinating warrior king and the events that led to his unceremonious burial, lost to history until science and archaeology joined forces to rediscover his remains.

Over two full days, you'll visit key places of King Richard III's life and death, from the castle where he was born to the battlefield where he died during the grisly Battle of Bosworth. An impressive Visitor Centre at the site of the car park burial is dedicated to the life of King Richard III. It reveals fascinating detail about how experts solved the puzzle of King Richard III's burial, which ultimately led to the discovery of a battle-scarred skeleton under the car park.

You'll learn how scientists and archaeologists used DNA and the latest developments in forensic science to confirm the identity of the remains and see the Murder, Mystery and Mayhem exhibition dedicated to the Wars of Roses and the remarkable stories behind the Houses of York and Lancaster.

You'll stay in comfort at the four-star Hilton Leicester for your two-night break, with dinner included on both nights and breakfasts on both mornings (extra nights available at a supplement). Throughout the trip, you'll travel in the company of Matt Lewis, who'll give exceptional insight into a captivating era of British history.

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Matt Lewis
Author and Historian

Matt is an author and historian of the medieval period, with a particular interest in the Wars of the Roses and Richard III. He has written biographies of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry III, Richard Duke of York, and Richard III.

Dr Nicola Tallis
Historian and author
Dr Nicola Tallis is a best-selling author and historian, specialising in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as well as the history of jewellery. She writes for historical publications, appears on TV and radio and works as a historical consultant. Dr Tallis has published various works centered around significant historical female figures including Lady Jane Grey, Lettice Knollys, Margaret Beaufort and the young Elizabeth I.

Price includes

  • Two nights at the four-star Hilton Leicester on a bed and breakfast, based on shared occupancy of a twin or double room (extra nights available at a supplement)
  • Welcome reception with History Hit presenter, Matt Lewis
  • Talk from Matthew Morris
  • Three-course dinner with wine on the first night; three-course dinner with tea and coffee on the second night
  • All talks, guided tours, admissions
  • Coach transfers and experienced tour manager and historian, Dr Nicola Tallis throughout
  • History Hit presenter Matt Lewis will travel with the group for the duration of the tour

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From
Fri, Fri, Sep 13, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 15, 2024
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£499*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Itinerary order differs for September 2024 departure. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price shown is inclusive of savings, which are capacity controlled. Single supplement applies. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd.

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Price (per person) £449.00 * Single Occupancy Supplement £125.00

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Price (per person) £499.00 * Single Occupancy Supplement £125.00

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Leicester
    Leicester, United Kingdom

    Your trip begins at the Hilton Leicester, where you'll have time to settle into your guestroom before joining your group for a welcome reception and dinner. You'll meet Matt Lewis, History Hit presenter, who'll give an insightful talk about what's in store over the next couple of days.

  2. Day
    2
    Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester Cathedral and Fotheringhay
    Leicester, United Kingdom

    First up today is a visit to the Richard III Visitor Center and exhibition. Here, you will be guided through the dramatic story of the king's life, his brutal death and the fascinating story of his rediscovery.

    Then it's onwards to Leicester Cathedral to see the tomb of Richard lll. A cathedral guide will cover the events of Richard III's reinterment in 2015, the design of his tomb and the redemption windows within the Cathedral. They will also cover 'Leicester Cathedral Revealed' - Leicester Cathedral has very recently reopened having undergone extensive works to repair and restore the Cathedral and to improve visitor facilities such as The Chapter House and a new Visitor and Education Center.

    After free time for lunch in Leicester (not included), we travel by coach 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.

    After returning to the hotel, you will enjoy pre-dinner drinks with Matt (cost not included) and a talk by Matthew Morris , who supervised the successful archaeological search for the lost grave of King Richard III.

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    Kirby Muxloe Castle and Bosworth Visitor Centre and Battlefield
    Leicester, United Kingdom

    We start the day with a visit to Kirby Muxloe Castle, begun by William Hastings during the Wars of the Roses. The fortified residence was not completed due to Hastings' execution by Richard for treason in 1483.

    We then travel out to Bosworth to explore the visitor centre, which gives an insight into medieval life through film, displays and artefacts. Our last visit of the day will be to the battlefield where Richard was killed, with commentary from Matt from the coach, as we travel around key locations.

    Lunch (not included) can be purchased at The Bosworth Visitor Centre on arrival or during a short stop in Market Harborough after visiting Kirby Muxloe.

    Upon returning to the hotel at around 5pm, this tour draws to a close and you are free to depart at your leisure.

Accommodation

Hilton Leicester

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Leicester, United Kingdom

A four-star hotel in a central position in Leicester is just five miles from the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Enjoy the Flavours restaurant or pick up a coffee from the cafe before heading out. Take advantage of the large indoor pool and health facilities.At the end of busy days, the modern guestrooms are smart, quiet, and comfortable.

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From
Fri, Fri, Sep 13, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 15, 2024
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£499*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Itinerary order differs for September 2024 departure. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price shown is inclusive of savings, which are capacity controlled. Single supplement applies. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd.

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