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BATTLEFIELDS AND MILITARY HERITAGE ACROSS THE UNITED KINGDOM

If you are looking for something to do for an afternoon while on holiday somewhere in Britain, we can find a local expert guide for the battlefield and arrange a tour for you.

We also organise tours for the public covering a range of different destinations and themes from central points in the UK

Events

If you are planning a tour to Britain, and would like to take in some of the spectacle of our military heritage we can help you to take advantage of the dozens of re-enactment and other events staged around the country.

We will be adding an events calendar so you can see what is on and where!

The region's military history provides insights to this region and its relation to British history.  There are battles from the Bruce invasion of Ireland in the C14th and of the wars of the Tudor conquest of Ireland such as Glentaisie Farsetmore 1567 the Nine Years War such as Battle of Clontibret (1595), Carrickfergus (1597) Yellow Ford (1598) and Moyry Pass (1600), the William ite wars such as the Siege of Derry (1689) and the battle of Newtownbutler (1689) and the conflicts such as the Diamond,(17950 and the rebellion of (1798) which established the Orange Order and through to the heritage from the troubles of the last quarter of the C20th.   Belfast also has the last veteran of the naval battle of Jutland HMS Caroline.

There are battles such as Solway Moss, (1542) Nantwich (1644) and Preston (1648 and 1715).  Liverpool was the main port for the Atlantic convoys of WW2, and there is much to see of the legacy, including a German U-boat.  Manchester contains the Imperial War Museum North and there are many other military museums across the region.

The most obvious examples of military heritage in Wales are the castles built by Welsh Princes and English monarchs to dominate the Principality.  There are also several battles, mainly between the English and the Welsh, but also from the Civil War. 

The River Severn is one of the main waterways of England and at different times served as both a barrier and as lines of communications for campaigns in the west Midlands of England. The region west of the Severn becomes the Welsh Marches, fortified against Welsh incursions from Roman times onwards. It's battlefield heritage includes Evesham (1265) from the Baron's Wars, Shrewsbury (1402) and a clutch of Wars of the Roses battlefields: Mortimer's Cross (1461), Blore Heath (1459) Nibley Green (1470) and Tewkesbury, (1471). The area was fought over through out the English Civil wars from Powick Bridge (1642) to Worcester (1649). It is home to several important military heritage sites including the RAF Museum at Cosford, the Air Assault Museum and the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Midlands of England are the site of some of the most important battles; those which decided who would rule the country.  The geographic centre of England is a few miles from the battlefield of Bosworth where Richard III lost his crown. Nor is it far to Edgehill (1642), Naseby (1645) and many other battlefields and siege sites.  The region is home to the new National English Civil War centre in Newark and much of the aviation heritage of the world wars, including many of the Bomber bases.

The rugged and beautiful countryside of highland Scotland is the setting for some of the most violent and bloody episodes in the story of the British Isles.  These too are part of the romantic story of Scotland, and many of these have been immortalised in song and poetry, Glencoe; Killicrankie and Culloden.  It is the home of the Macbeth of history rather than Shakespeare. Off the North coast lie the Orkney Islands and the great naval base of Scapa Flow. The last resting place of the German High Seas Fleet, scuttled in 1919, and of the HMS Royal Oak, torpedoed in 1939 

There are lots of battlefields that chronicle the story of Scotland and its relation to its larger neighbour.  The battles of Sterling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314) have defined modern Scottish identity, which has occasionally ignored battles such as Falkirk and Dunbar, when the English won.  The lowlands have also seen the struggle between highland and lowland, as in Sherrifmuir (1715) and the second battle of Falkirk (1746).  The region has its own military and aviation museums..

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This was a Royalist heart-land  in the C17th Civil War and the Civil war heritage is exemplified by battlefields such as Lostwithiel, (1644 )the last Royalist victory, Braddock Down (1643)   and the castle of Bridgewater.played a part in that conflict and the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685  The Scilly Isles off the West coast was stormed by the Parliamentarians.in 1646.  The Duke of Monmouth rebellion against James II ended with his defeat at the battlefield of Sedgemoor (1683)

The naval port of Portsmouth is at the centre of this region, and home to some of the finest collection of fighting ships, as well as the forts which protected the Navy.  There are many military and naval museums, and several that focus on the D Day invasion of France which was mounted from Portsmouth.  The area is .also the site of several important battles such as Cheriton (1643) and the French invasion of the Isle of White during which the Henry VIII;'s battleship, the Mary Rose was lost. ..

For much of its history the borders between England and Scotland have been wild and lawless. The 1900 year old Hadrian's wall cuts across the countryside, which is also littered with castles and the legacy of hundreds of years of raids and cross border wars.  Some of these such as Otterburn (1388) were captured in song..  The city of Berwick and close by the battlefields of Flodden(1513), Homildon Hill (1402) and Halidon Hill (1333) are reminders of the larger battles, as are other battlefields outside Newcastle at Newburn Ford (1640) and Neville's Cross (1346) outside Durham. The bombardment of the port town of Hartlepool (1914) was the site of one of the few engagements in the First World War to take place on British soil.

The county of Yorkshire is crowded with the battlefields that have littered its history. The battles fight between the Vikings and Saxons at Fulford and Stamford Bridge are part of the 1066 story  The English fought Scots invaders at The Standard,(1138)  Myton (1319) and Byland,(1322), while the battles at Towton (1461) and Wakefield (1460) determined the path of the Wars of the Roses and Marston Moor (1644) was one of the decisive battles of the English Civil War.  The region is also home to the Royal Armouries collection and many military and navigation museums.   

Separated by the fens from the Midlands, East Anglia has been the site of relatively few land battles, with the exception of Boudicca's revolt, (AD 60) and Maldon (991). However, its position jutting into the North Sea on the direct route to Germany meant that this region played a big part in both World Wars.  The region is littered with locations associated with the USAAF and the RAF, airfields, museums, and sadly war cemeteries.The Imperial War Museum site at Duxford is one of may airfields. Horatio Nelson is from Norfolk and the naval bases at Harwich and Lowestoft illustrate the  naval legacy of the region..   

Throughout its 2000 year history London has been the backdrop for battles such as Barnet (1471) and Brentford (1642) and the target for aerial battles of the world wars of the C.20th .  It is also home to many national and specialist military museums and preserved heritage covering land sea and air warfare

This  corner of England closest to the continent of Europe has the been the site of the major battles against foreign invaders, Ancient Britions v Romans; Saxons v Normans and the Luftwaffe v the RAF, and of castles such as Dover and Rochester as well as some of the battles sucvh as Lewes 1264 that shaped our country.