Battle Open Guided Tour
Half Day (3 hour approx) - Available morning or afternoon
This tour is an open guided tour of the main sites relating to the Battle of Hastings. The battlefield site covers sometimes rough and uneven terrain and is therefore unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies. The tour is open for anyone to join (max 8 adults)
The scene above shows the view from the top of Senlac Hill, the site claimed to be the location of the Battle of Hastings.
We will begin our tour from the corner of the A2100 and Station Approach. This location, which is our meeting point lies on the route taken by the Norman army as it marched to meet Harold II's Saxon army.
I will begin our tour by explaining the background to the 1066 conflict and the reasons why William felt the English crown should be his.
We will then walk up the main A2100 road to the top of the hill and the site that new research suggest may be the actual Battle of Hastings battlefield. Here we will pause and I will explain the events of 1066 up to the Norman Invasion at Pevensey on 28th September 1066.
Here we can see Caldbec Hill which is acknowledged as the muster point for Harold's Saxon army and also thought by some to be the Battle of Hastings site.
I will explain why the location of the battlefield site is disputed and we will consider the pros and cons for each site being the Battlefield. We will then pay a short visit to St Mary's church before continuing on to Battle Abbey, built on the order of William I at the top of Senlac Hill, traditionally believed to be the site of the Battle of Hastings.
Inside the abbey we will walk the battlefield. I will explain the battle strategies used by each side as well as the weapons used. I will explain how William managed to win the Battle of Hastings and we will end our battlefield walk at the site where Harold II fell. I will end the tour inside the Abbey by explaining what William did in the days immediately following the Battle of Hastings and how he managed to secure the backing of the Ealdormen for his coronation on 25th December 1066.
Adults - £43
Children 5 - 16 years - £8.50
Children under 5 years - free
Family - 2 adults and up to 3 children - £92
includes entrance to Battle Abbey
children must be accompanied by an adult