Alison Weir Tours

The White Rose




Following 2016’s sell-out Richard III Tour, AWT have taken the highlights of that itinerary and combined them with new sites to broaden the theme so that it embraces the history of the royal House of York, the last Plantagenets to occupy the throne of England. This time, we will be staying at three luxury hotels.

The tour will be led by Alison Weir, supported by historians Sarah Gristwood and Nicola Tallis, and military historian Julian Humphrys.

From 2018, in order to enhance your experience with AWT, we are introducing a new range of choices. We are aware that many of you have travelled with us before and have seen some of the sites we will be visiting on White Rose. We have now added alternative sites to the itinerary on those days, and you can choose which ones you want to visit.

Wherever possible, we are also offering the option of a slow walking group, for those who prefer a more relaxed pace on site visits. Most days have a relaxed start, no earlier than 9am.

We have also confirmed a stunning line-up of guest historians to act as speakers and guides.

THE WHITE ROSE TOUR will last for 9 nights, from 16th to 24th May, 2018:

3 nights at the Lygon Arms, Broadway, Worcs. 4*
4 nights at the Cedar Court Hotel, York 5*
2 nights at Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth, Leicestershire 4*

We will be visiting:

Ludlow: St Laurence’s Church and Ludlow Castle
 OR Worcester and Worcester Cathedral; Little Malvern Court and Priory
Tewkesbury Abbey; Site of the Battle of Tewkesbury (1471); Sudeley Castle
 OR Raglan Castle and Owlpen Manor
St John’s Church, Cirencester, and Burford, Cotswolds
The City of York
Markenfield Hall OR Fountains Abbey
Site of the Battle of Towton (1461)
Lead Church
Sandal Castle and the site of the Battle of Wakefield (1460)
Skipton Castle
Bolton Abbey
The Barden Tower
Sheriff Hutton Castle; St Helen’s Church, Sheriff Hutton; Middleham Castle
 OR Mount Grace Priory and Helmsley Castle OR Rievaulx Abbey
Pontefract Castle
Donington-le-Heath Manor House
Kirby Muxloe Castle, Leicester Cathedral and the King Richard III Visitor Centre,Leicester
 OR Rockingham Castle and Lyddington Bede House
Site of the Battle of Bosworth (1485)
Fotheringhay Castle and Fotheringhay Church OR Grafton Regis

Included meals:

Welcome lunch at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London
Gala welcome drinks and dinner at Warwick Castle
Lunch at the Gupshill Manor Inn OR at the Cyder House Restaurant, Owlpen Manor
Drinks and dinner at the Lygon Arms Hotel
Celebration Royal Wedding Banquet at the Lygon Arms Hotel
Afternoon tea at Markenfield Hall OR at Fountains Abbey
Medieval Banquet at Barley Hall, York
Dinner at the Priest’s House, Bolton Abbey
Dinner at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York
Lunch at the Angel and Royal Hotel, Grantham
Lunch at Walker’s House Tea Room for those visiting Rockingham Castle
Farewell dinner at the Tithe Barn, Bosworth Battlefield
Lunch at the Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay OR at the Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne
Farewell champagne reception at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London