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July 1st, 2015 / / No Comments »

Bosworth Battlefield; Worth a Visit?

With the recent discovery of Richard III’s remains under a Leicestershire car park, Bosworth Battlefield offers an ideal destination for  those with an interest in history & specifically the downfall of Richard III.  I recently visited Bosworth Battlefield heritage centre with my son to check how the setting caters for people of all ages/knowledge & was pleasantly surprised.

Bosworth Battlefield; Budget Breaks

King Richard III Short Breaks; accommodation + 3 experiences for £129

 

 

Information trails for the Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

 

Bosworth Battlefield; Our Visit

As The Tudors remain part of the National Curriculum,  I was quick to realise my 10 year old’s knowledge of Tudor times & history surpassed my own…..so once up to speed, we had a lovely afternoon learning together.

From dressing up to interactive activities, I found a good range of features to keep young minds engaged as we moved through the setting.  Our favourite had to be the four stories, presented through a succession of video clips, from differing aspects of the battle; a young archer, a mercenary’s wife, the daughter of an inn keeper & a key strategic player within the battle.

One thing to be aware of is that the actually Bosworth Battlefield is some miles away, situated upon unmarked private land.  The Bosworth heritage centre provides viewpoints of the battlefield plus a range of activities that brings this historic battle back to life.

However for those not interested in the historical context of the site, this isn’t for you.

Bosworth Battlefield; More Information

King Richard III Short Breaks

King Richard III Visitor Centre

 

Knight at Bosworth Battlefield

Dressing Up at Bosworth Battlefield

 

Bosworth Battlefield Discounts & English Heritage Members

English Heritage Members can take advantage of a 20% discount on standard tickets.

This offer extends to up to 2 children per member; simply show your valid membership card on the day of your visit.

Bosworth Battlefield; Hints & Tips

Picnics; are welcome at Bosworth Battlefield with plenty of (outdoor) picnic tables available for use.  As the car park is literally next door, you can leave your cool-bag in the car & collect later.

Parking; yes, there is a parking charge in place, with the monies raised going towards the upkeep of the country park located next door.

Activities; worth keeping an eye out for plethora of activities running at this setting throughout the year.  From reenactments, guided walks, meet & handle birds of prey & even a ghost walk…many of these are an additional charge but you can opt for the activity without paying for the Heritage Centre should you wish.

Avid Historians; check out the Wider Battlefield Walks that take place around 4 times a year for experienced walkers with a penchant for history .  This 7.5 mile guided circular walk takes you over the actual battlefield & includes key locations surrounding this pivotal battle.

 

 

By Liz Walsh

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