Battle Trail Walks
The 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury was a key last main battle in what is now called 'The Wars of the Roses', restoring peace for the remainder of Edward's reign.
Battle trail walks can be done at any time, there's a map further down and several information display boards on the route (like in image above). The Tourist information office can provide printed maps and further information (see buttons further down). The location button above shows the Guided Walk meeting place.
For the best experience take the 2 hour guided walk, knowledgable tour guides bring the 1471 battle trail to life and without you having to find your way (see then and now illustrative images below). It's a much more informative and relaxed walk, with little known, quite riviting history revealed. See the What's On Guide button below or contact Tourist Information.
Car Parking is available a short walk away, please look for car park signs near the Tourist Information Office or The Crescent (walk meeting point) or click the button above to view the Location Map.
Guided walks are organised by the Battlefield Society, they start from the 'The Crescent' (see location map button above) typically running August to end December. Summer walks start at 7 or 7:30 (2 hours), winter walks (October on) start at 2:30
The yearly Aniversary Walk is on the Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday closest to 4 May (contact: Tourist Info below), this is an all day event, starting at the site of the Yorkist camp at Tredington and returns to the battlefield and Tewkesbury along the route of the Yorkist advance. The walk covers the progress of the battle, includes a discussion on tactics and weapons. Following a break for lunch, the afternoon consists of a tour of the battle burials within the Abbey and access into the living history event Armour at the Abbey (a charge for this event).
Tourist Information What's On
Battlefield Society Walks Medieval Festival
Some original early roads (above) to battle areas are still in use today, but now tarmac, unlike 1471.
The remaining part of the original main battlefield is shown above, the hill in the distance played a vital part in a small secret operation which saved the Yorkist forces from potential defeat.
Near the end of the battle the Lanacastrian forces tried to escape through what has since been known as the 'Bloody Meadow' (above), many were slaughtered here.
Above regular soldiers who escaped to sanctuary at Tewkesbury Abbey, happily came out knowing they could go free if they swore allegiance to the victor King Edward (Yorkists).
Battle Trail Walk Map
Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses were a series of battles fought in medieval England from 1455 following the instability brought by the '100 Years War', in which five generations of kings from different families fought for the French throne between 1337 and 1453.
The 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury was a key battle, it restored Edward IV to the throne, often seen as the end of the Wars of the Roses. Peace was restored for the remainder of Edward's reign, he died in 1483. The wars finally ended when Richard III, the last Yorkist king, was defeated at the battle of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry Tudor founder of the house of Tudor.