Pevensey Open Group Tour
Half Day (1.5 - 2 hours) - Available morning or afternoon
This tour is an open guided tour of the main sites in Pevensey relating to the Norman Conquest. It begins at 10am and includes some walking over uneven terrain. It is available for anyone to join (max 8 adults)
I will begin our tour by explaining the geography of the area in 1066 and looking at the reasons why William chose this spot to land his army. I will then explain the background to the 1066 conflict and the reasons why William chose to invade.
We will then walk along a public right of way behind the Castle so that we can look at the Roman Walls and get an idea of how it would have looked to the Normans as they sailed to the shore on September 28th 1066.
We will then retrace our steps and pass through the Roman walls to view Pevensey Castle. Here we will discuss the events of 1066 leading up to the Norman landing before highlighting the differences between what the Normans expected in Pevensey and what they actually found. We will then go inside the castle (price included) and there will be free time to explore the castle ruins.
We will then leave the Roman walls and move on to St Mary's Church in the village of Westham which is said to date from 1080. I will explain why William chose to leave Pevensey and make Hastings his base. There will be time to go inside the church and walk around the outside as well.
Leaving the church, we will return to the castle and I will explain what William did immediately after the Battle of Hastings and how he managed to secure the backing of the Ealdormen for his coronation on 25th December 1066.
Adults - £25
Children 5 - 16 years - £6
Children under 5 years - free
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children - £52
includes entrance to Pevensey Castle
children must be accompanied by an adult