Harold and William: The 1066 Tour

Combining visits to where the Battle of Hastings took place with time in Normandy, we examine the history behind 1066.

3 Day
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5


1066 and the Battle of Hastings - a watershed in English history and widely regarded as the beginning of the medieval period. At the start of the year, Edward the Confessor ruled the land. By the end, a Norman, William Duke of Normandy was king after defeating Harold, Edward’s successor at the Battle of Hastings. This tour looks at the story of William, Duke of Normandy and his claim on the throne of England leading to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. We visit sites in Normandy such as the Château de Falaise on the site of which William was born and spent his childhood, and his final resting place in the Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen. We also see the Bayeux Tapestry and the site of the Battle of Hastings itself.

Study Themes and Curricular Links

  • KS3 Curriculum - The Norman Conquest:The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – A- Study of the historic environment; B- British Depth Study, The Norman Conquest 1060-1087

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Norman England c.1066-c.1100

  • EdExcel GCSE Syllabus - Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088

  • OCR A level Syllabus - Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035-1107

  • AQA A level Syllabus - Conqueror and Conquest c1060-1087

  • Edexcel A level Syllabus - Anglo Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom c1053-110

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Tour Includes

  • 2 nights stay in a student hostel

  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 evening meals

  • Specialist Battlefield Guide

  • Travel by coach from your school

  • Entrance to all museums and sites

  • Channel crossings

From £269 per student

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Day 1 - Battle of Hastings

We depart our school early and travel to Battle Abbey and the site of the Battle of Hastings. Here we stand on the very site where the battle was fought and England’s future was decided, exploring the build-up, the tactics and the legacy of this famous battle.

From here we travel to the Eurotunnel at Folkestone for the crossing to France and continue our journey south.

We book into our accommodation in Northern France and enjoy our evening meal.

Included meals: Dinner

Battle Abbey
Battle Abbey
Included Highlights
  • Hastings Battlefield

  • Battle Abbey

Day 2 - Bayeux and Caen

We visit the iconic Bayeux Tapestry with its fantastic representation of the Battle of Hastings, and also Notre Dame Cathedral in Bayeux consecrated in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry.

In the afternoon we travel to Caen where we visit the Château de Caen. Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror, the ducal castle became a favourite residence of the dukes of Normandy. We then visit the Abbaye aux Hommes where the tomb of William is situated.

Later, we return to our accommodation in the Normandy area and enjoy our evening meal.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux Tapestry
Included Highlights
  • Bayeux Tapestry

  • Bayeux Cathedral

  • Château de Caen

  • Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen

Day 3 - Falaise and Home

We visit the Château de Falaise, on the site of which William the Conqueror was born and spent his childhood.

We then return to the EuroTunnel and travel back to school.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Falaise Castle
Falaise Castle
Included Highlights
  • Falaise Castle

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