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Leicester Cathedral and Richard III

Overview

Travel by Coach Days
  • Tour of magnificent Leicester Cathedral
  • Explore the fascinating King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • Uncover the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth
  • Journey aboard the Battlefield Line
  • Jaunt to Melton Mowbray

The Battle of Bosworth on Monday 22nd August 1485 marked a major turning point in English history as Henry VII took the place of Richard III as King following his victory and marked the end of the Middle Ages in Britain and the start of the Tudor dynasty. The rediscovery of Richard III’s remains in the city of Leicester in 2012 has renewed interest in the often misunderstood King.
On this tour we’ll discover the interactive displays at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre as well as visiting magnificent Leicester Cathedral and the King Richard III Visitor Centre. All of which will give you a fantastic overview of the life of Richard III, the War of the Roses and the impact that the Battle of Bosworth had on the history of England.

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Itinerary

Day One - Home to Melton Mowbray 
We’ll make our way from the interchange to Melton Mowbray, where we’ll check in to the Scalford Hall Hotel and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)

Days Two to Four – Melton Mowbray
We’ll enjoy three included excursions over the next three days. We will visit Leicester cathedral, where Richard III was reburied in 2015, well over 500 years after his death, we then visit the Richard III visitors centre, which gives you an in depth look at the life and death of the king and the remarkable story of the rediscovery of his remains. We will also visit the Bosworth Battlefield centre and railway for an opportunity to learn more about the battle itself and enjoy a ride on a heritage line through the heart of beautiful Leicestershire. Finally, we’ll visit Melton Mowbray, a quaint and beautiful rural village, world renowned for its culinary produce, make sure you try a pork pie and some Stilton cheese during your visit! (B,D)

Day Five – Melton Mowbray to Home
Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)

 

Scalford Hall Hotel

Set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, The Scalford Hall Hotel is a fantastic base to explore the fascinating history and quaint villages that make up this part of the Midlands. The hotel is just 5 minutes away from the town of Melton Mowbray, 'the rural food capital of England' which is famous for the production of Pork Pies and Stilton cheese among many other different types of local produce.

The hotel has a mini-gym and a games room with a range of equipment, the hotel's restaurant offers a seasonal, wide ranging menu which is prepared fresh with local ingredients. Scalford Hall is the perfect place to relax and wind down after a busy day exploring local attractions.

Rooms at this hotel


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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Bosworth Battlefield Centre and Railway

Today we climb aboard the Battlefield line, a beautiful heritage railway that cuts through wonderful Leicestershire countryside between Shackerton and Shenton. We also visit the Bosworth Battlefield Centre which tells the dramatic story of the events of August 22nd 1485 and the repercussions of the event through English history. With interactive displays and a range of activities, including guided walks, you will find out about medieval warfare, how the battle unfolded and the impact of the new and powerful Tudor dynasty.

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Full Day: Leicester Cathedral And Richard III Visitor Centre

Following the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester in 2012 and his reburial at Leicester cathedral in 2015, interest in this often misunderstood king has never been higher. We will have the opportunity to visit the tomb of Richard III who was finally laid to rest here almost 530 years after his death at The Battle of Bosworth Field. After this we will visit the Richard III visitor centre in order to learn a little more about the King's life, death and legacy.

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Half Day: Melton Mowbray

From the hotel it's just a short excursion to the nearby, quintessential English market town of Melton Mowbray, one of the country's rural gastronomic centres, renowned for Stilton cheese and pork pies. There are also plenty of places of historical interest, particularly in relation to the English Civil war when Melton Mowbray was a strong Parliamentarian garrison, with two battles being fought in the town, the sites of which make for a fascinating visit.

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