Medieval England with Historical Trips

Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey
Yorkminster Cathedral
Yorkminster Cathedral
The town of Helmsley
The town of Helmsley
Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey

From castles, palaces and great abbeys to peasant villages, the Medieval period has left its eternal mark on the English landscape. Discover a world where displays of extravagance and power dominated the English countryside, and where a focus on religion led to spectacular places of worship.

Walk amongst magnificent monasteries and ragged ruins, being transported back to the Middle Ages. With gory tales and grisly truths, Medieval England is an exploration of all life in all echelons of society. Gain a whole new perspective at a behind-the-scenes tour of the rooftops in York Minster.

  • Discover some of the milestones of Medieval British history
  • Explore the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Wander the ruins of the mighty castle of Scarborough
  • Visit the most beautiful church in England, Beverley Minster
  • Exclusive tour of the rooftops & gallery in York Minster


  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We meet in York and after an independent lunch, we check into our hotel and meet the group. Before dinner, there is a lecture from the York Archaeological Trust.

Day 2

In the morning, we leave our hotel and make our way to Whitby Abbey. Upon arrival, we tour the evocative site made famous by Stoker’s iconic work of Gothic literary fiction and also visit the town. After lunch, we visit Pickering church and castle. En route to Scarborough Castle, we take a scenic drive through the North York Moors. Later, we return to York and sit down to a group dinner at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel.

Day 3

Our first stop today is York Minster and this will be a particularly special one because it includes an exclusive hidden tour of the rooftops and gallery. Following lunch at a restaurant, we drive to the deserted Medieval village of Wharram Percy and take a walk around the remains before moving onto Fulford, home to the Battle of Fulford Gate. We spend some time exploring this area and then we enjoy dinner in York. Later, we make our way back to the hotel to relax for the rest of the night.

Day 4

We start our day with a visit to Ripon Cathedral and Monastic Ruins, which began life as a 7th Century church thought to have been built by Saint Wilfrid and then developed and demolished periodically over time. This afternoon, we visit the childhood home of Richard III at Middleham. Here we wander amongst the 13th Century walls and admire the architecture of a truly English castle.

Day 5

Today we visit one of the largest parish churches in all of the UK, Beverley Minster, which is bigger than some cathedrals and claimed to be one of the most beautiful churches in England. The church was originally built in the 7th century, and later had additions from Normans, before it was completed in 1420. In the afternoon, we drive to Britain’s City of Culture for 2017, Hull, where we can admire impressive exhibits in the Hull and East Riding Museum, including an excellent collection of Roman Mosaics.

Day 6

This morning we visit perhaps the most spectacular abbey in England, Rievaulx. This was once a powerful Cistercian monastery and the first of its order to be found in the north of England. At one time, it was home to 650 monks, but was demolished under the rule of Henry VIII falling into the romantic ruins we see today. We can compare this to Byland Abbey that we visit this afternoon, the community of which was heavily hampered by the Black Death of 1348-9.

Day 7

Our time in the north of England comes to an end this morning. After breakfast, we check out of our hotel, say our farewells and travel back home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Mon 17th June - Sun 23rd June


Guaranteed Departure


without flights

sgl supp: £395


Led By: Aisla Mainman

Guide Lecturer

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