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English Civil Wars Classic Tour

Follow in the footsteps of heroes on our In The Footsteps® English Civil Wars Classic Tour.

The English Civil Wars, fought between 1642 and 1651, was a series of battles and political clashes between Parliament and the King, mainly over the way in which England was governed and religious freedom. The combatants of two sides are usually referred to as "Roundheads" (Parliamentarians) and "Cavaliers" (Royalists) and often saw father fighting against son, and brother fighting against brother. The First English Civil War (1642–1646) and the Second English Civil War (1648–1649) saw the supporters of King Charles I pitted against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the Third English Civil War (1649–1651) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The fighting was also not confined to England but also saw fighting in both Scotland and Ireland.

After his defeat and capture at the end of the Second English Civil War, King Charles was tried for treason in the name of the people of England. He was subsequently found guilty and beheaded in front of the Banqueting House of the Palace of Whitehall on 30 January 1649.

Visit the major battlefield locations across the breadth of England in the company of our expert Battlefield Historian who will recount the events that took place and tell you of the acts of valour and sometimes treachery that occurred in this often violent and unrestrained conflict.

Our 5-days / 4-nights Classic Tour

The geographical location of the battles of the English Civil Wars makes visiting them in chronological order inefficient and visiting them all in the five days of the tour is unachievable. We have designed our tour to enable you to visit the most significant battlefields within the timeframe allocated and it involves a degree of flexibility as we switch between them.

Day One

We begin our tour when we pick you up from your pick-up point at Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station before travelling to Powick Bridge to discuss the first engagement between elements of the principal field armies of the Cavaliers and Roundheads.

The Battle of Powick Bridge, a cavalry skirmish fought on 23 September 1642 just south of Worcester, was the first battle between elements of the Royalist and Parliamentarian field armies. Sir John Byron was escorting a Royalist convoy of valuables from Oxford to King Charles's army in Shrewsbury and, worried about the proximity of the Parliamentarians, took refuge in Worcester on 16 September to await reinforcements. A Royalists force, commanded by Prince Rupert, was despatched to the south of the city and a Parliamentarian detachment, under Colonel John Brown, was sent to try to capture the convoy. Each force consisted of around 1,000 mounted troops, a mix of cavalry and dragoons, and the two sides clashed in the vicinity of Powick Bridge.

From Powick Bridge, we drive across country to the Battle of Edgehill Memorial. From the memorial we make our way onto the battlefield to discuss the events that took place there on 23 October 1642. Both the King and Parliament had raised large armies and were intent on gaining their way by force of arms. In October, the King decided to march from his temporary base at Shrewsbury to London in order to force a decisive confrontation with Parliament's main army, commanded by the Earl of Essex. Late on 22 October 1642, both armies unexpectedly found the enemy to be close by and the next day, the Royalist army descended from Edge Hill to force battle.

From Edgehill we head to Cropredy Bridge to discuss the meeting engagement and battle that took place between the King’s Army and the Parliamentarians commanded by Sir William Waller on 29 June 1644.

From Cropredy we head to Cirencester where we spend our first night.

Day Two

From our overnight accommodation we continue westwards to Lansdowne where the Royalists, under Lord Hopton, forced the Parliamentarians, under Sir William Waller, to retreat from their hilltop position on 5 July 1643.

From Lansdowne we head to the battlefield of Roundway Down to the northeast of Devizes where on 13 July 1643 a Royalist cavalry force under Lord Wilmot won a crushing victory over the Parliamentarians under Sir William Waller.

From Roundway Down we continue eastwards to Newbury where we discuss the First Battle of Newbury fought on 20 September 1643 between a Royalist army, under the personal command of King Charles, and a Parliamentarian force led by the Earl of Essex. We then move a few miles to the northern end of the town where we discuss the Second Battle of Newbury fought on 27 October 1644 when the combined armies of Parliament inflicted a tactical defeat on the Royalists but failed to gain any strategic advantage.

We spend our second night in the Berkshire town of Newbury.

Day Three

From our overnight accommodation in Newbury, we head south to the battlefield near Cheriton where a Royalist army under Lord Hopton and a detachment from the King's main "Oxford Army" under the Earl of Forth clashed with a Parliamentarian army under Sir William Waller on 29 March 1644.

We then head north to discuss the Battle of Chalgrove Field fought on 18 June 1643 to the southeast of Oxford where Royalist cavalry under Prince Rupert scattered the Parliamentarian cavalry under John Hampden and Major John Gunter.

From Chalgrove we begin the trek northwards towards the battlefield at Marston Moor in Yorkshire, stopping of at Sherwood Forest (Robin Hood Country) where we spend our third night.

Day Four

From our overnight accommodation, we continue northwards to the battlefield of Marston Moor, west of the city of York, where the combined forces of the English Parliamentarians, under Lord Fairfax and the Earl of Manchester, and the Scottish Covenanters, under the Earl of Leven, defeated the Royalists, commanded by Prince Rupert of the Rhine and the Marquess of Newcastle on 2 July 1664.

After discussing the battle, we begin our trek south again to Naseby where we stop overnight at Lutterworth before exploring the battlefield on the following morning.

Day Five

We begin the final day of our tour exploring the battlefield at Naseby where on 14 June 1645 a decisive engagement took place between the main Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarian New Model Army, commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell.

From Naseby we head westward back to where the tour began, Worcester. Here we explore the city and visit the Commandery, famous for being the Royalist Headquarters during the deciding battle of the English Civil War, the Battle of Worcester fought on 3 September 1651, before returning you to Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station for your onward travel.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

The cost of your tour

The typical cost for a 5-days / 4-nights In the footsteps® English Civil Wars Classic Tour is £880.00 GBP * per person.

This price per person is based upon:

A supplement of £180.00 GBP * applies where single occupancy is required.

An additional supplement may apply for anniversary dates to cover any increase in the associated costs.

Booking indicates your acceptance of our Tour Terms and Conditions.

* The costs may vary from those shown above due to the availability and selection of hotels and other associated cost variations at the time of booking.

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Customising your tour

The tour has been designed to give a balanced view of the two competing factions. It can of course be adjusted to suit your personal requirements. These personalised tours are designed specifically for you so that you get to see what you want to see.

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Page last updated: 16 July 2021.