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 and great abbeys to peasant villages, the Medieval period has left a lasting 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 among magnifi cent monasteries and ragged ruins, being transported back to the Middle Ages. Our brand new Medieval England tour offers an exploration of life in all echelons of society. Stand before the iconic Whitby Abbey and wander the remains of a deserted Medieval village in Wharram Percy.

  • Visit Beverley Minster, often referred to as one of England’s most beautiful churches
  • Explore the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Walk through the remains of a medieval village at Wharram Percy

Themes

  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches

Practicalities

  • 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 this evening, there will be an introductory talk by our Guide Lecturer.

Hotel: The Grange Hotel
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

In the morning, we head to Pickering to visit the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, as well as the castle. Later, we visit Whitby Abbey. Upon arrival, we tour the evocative site, made famous by Bram Stoker’s legendary work of literary fiction, ‘Dracula’. During our visit, we also explore the town and after lunch, we head to Pickering church and castle. Next, 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 for the remainder of the evening.

Hotel: The Grange Hotel
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Our day begins with a walking tour of York to see the impressive medieval remains here, including a visit to York Minster. Following lunch at a restaurant, we drive out to the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, where we walk around the remains and then return to York for our evening meal. After  dinner, there will be time to relax at the hotel.

Hotel: The Grange Hotel
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

After breakfast, we visit Fountains Abbey. We have lunch in Ripon and then we visit Ripon Cathedral and Monastic Ruins, which began life as a 7th century church, thought to have been built by Saint Wilfrid and then both developed and demolished periodically over time. This afternoon, we visit the childhood home of Richard III at Middleham. Wander among the 13th century walls and admire the architecture of a truly English castle.

Hotel: The Grange Hotel
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today we drive out to Fulford to view the site, which is now just a field, of the Battle of Fulford Gate. Later, we explore 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 in England. The church was originally built in the 7th century and later had Norman additions, before it was completed in 1420. In the afternoon, we drive to Britain’s City of Culture for 2017, Hull, where we can admire exhibits in the Hull and East Riding Museum, which showcases amazing ancient Roman mosaics.

Hotel: The Grange Hotel
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

The most spectacular abbey in England awaits our visit this morning - 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 can see today. We can compare this to Byland Abbey, which is on the itinerary for this afternoon, the community of which was heavily hampered by the Black Death of 1348-9.

Hotel: The Grange Hotel
Meals: All meals included

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.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most 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

Available

Guaranteed Departure

£2,005

without flights

sgl supp: £395

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Led By: Ailsa Mainman

Guide Lecturer

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