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King Richard III, Rutland Water & Melton Mowbray

King Richard III, Rutland Water & Melton Mowbray

Enjoy the ecletic mix of excursions and attractions on this 4 day tour to the East Midlands


Enjoy the ecletic mix of excursions and attractions on this 4 day tour to the East Midlands


Set between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east the town has been a centre of communications for centuries.

Northallerton was on the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh, the railway arrived in the 1840s strengthening Northallerton's importance.

Northallerton's wide High Street is a pleasant busy shopping centre, with many independent shops, cafes and pubs. There is a busy market on Wednesday and Saturday and free WiFi.


Situated on the banks of the River Trent, Newark is a picturesque town steeped in history. The ruins of Newark Castle have had a huge influence on the unique character of the town. Though the current remains were built in the early 12th century, there has been a castle on the site since 1068. Left in ruins by a turbulent history,  the grounds were landscaped in 1887.

Newark’s market place is overlooked by the Georgian Town Hall. The town has become famous for its six annual antiques fairs, held at Newark County Showground, and thousands of antique hunters from across the world descend on the fair’s 4,000 stalls in search of a bargain.


Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray is located in the heart of the East Midlands in the county of Leicestershire.Well known for its world famous Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, the town also has a long established association with foxhunting. Stilton cheese originated near Melton Mowbray, and is still made in the town today. Stilton cheese takes its name from the village of Stilton in Huntingdonshire, where it was marketed to travellers on the Great North Road, though no Stilton was ever made there. Although supermarkets routinely carry pork pies with the label "Melton Mowbray", there is in fact a specific "hand-raising" process and recipe which marks a pie as a Melton Mowbray pork pie. In the centre of Melton, on Nottingham Street, there is Dickinsons & Morris's "ye olde pork pie shoppe," where one can buy true Melton pork pies.  On 4 April 2008 the European Union awarded the Melton Mowbray pork pie Protected Geographical Indication status, following a long-standing application made by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association. As a result of this ruling only pies made within a designated zone around Melton, and using uncured pork, are allowed to carry the Melton Mowbray name on their packaging.

The phrase 'painting the town red' originated in Melton when some young aristocrats up for the hunt went on a drunken spree in the 1800s and literally painted Melton town red.

Belvoir Brewery

Brewing began 1995 when the founder Colin Brown established Belvoir Brewery and its reputation continues to grow, proudly supplying more than 275 pubs in a 50 mile radius including shops, delicatessens and supermarket giants.

On the Brewery Tours visitors are invited to browse the Alehouse artifacts, view the Brewery through the large adjoining windows or relax with a drink or over a meal before or after their guided Brewery Tour.

Please be aware practical footwear is required. High-heeled shoes, sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are not suitable and visitors wearing such footwear will not be allowed to join the tour.


Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale gardens in Rutland were made famous by Geoff Hamilton through the BBC television series Gardeners' World which he presented from 1979 until his death in 1996. They are situated on The Avenue in the parish of Exton, a short distance north of Rutland Water. Geoff Hamilton began developing the garden in 1983 from what was then a ploughed field. It now covers 8 acres (3.2 ha), comprising 38 individual gardens and features.


Oakham is a pretty, traditional English market town, bustling with activity. Packed with heritage, there’s plenty to see in Oakham which makes it ideal for a short visit.

Step back in time with a visit to Oakham Castle, by the Market Place, Britain’s finest example of Norman architecture and recently restored thanks to a £2.2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out why Royalty and Nobility have been bringing horseshoes to hang on the castle walls for centuries. Oakham Castle is free to enter and open to the public 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) with a varied program of activities for visitors as well as providing a stunning and unique 12th century wedding venue. Look out for the unusual stocks and the town pump beneath the Butter Cross.

Oakham has an exciting and mouthwatering choice of menus to sample at an abundant mix of cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs to suit every budget. With so many local attractions to explore and plenty of stylish shops and boutiques to visit, you’ll be grateful of the opportunity to sample our locally brewed ale and to experience delicious meals in a warm and friendly atmosphere.


King Richard III Visitor Centre

The King Richrd Visitor Centre in Leicester showcases the life of King Richard III and the story of how his remains were discovered in 2012. The centre opened in 2014 on the site of Greyfriars, the medieval friary where the King was originally buried.

The visitor centre occupies a former school ( Alderman Newton's School) next to the car park where King Richard's remains were found during excavations in 2012/2013. Because of worldwide interest in the discovery, Leicester City Council quickly decided to convert the Victorian school building into a visitor centre. The project includes a covered area over the grave site, which was in the church of the friary.

The burial site is part of a scheduled monument. In December 2017 Historic England scheduled a significant part of the site of the former friary. While the buildings in question have long been demolished, the site has been assessed as having archaeological potential

Day 1

A morning departure from Penrith as we head to Northallerton, time for coffee in this bustling market town situated in the heart of Herriot Country. We continue south to Newark, an historic town steeped in history situated on the river Trent. We depart late afternoon for the remainder of our journey to Leicester and our hotel the Marriott, dinner served in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we travel to the historic market town of Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pie and speciality cheeses. We visit Ye Olde Pie Shoppe where we watch a demonstration by an expert on how to make a pork pie and we have the chance to visit the Melton Cheeseboard shop to taste and buy the area’s most famous cheeses, before strolling around the town. In the afternoon we enjoy a guided tour at Belvoir Brewery followed by a tasting of three ales and a buffet of homemade local produce, including pork pie, stilton, homemade chutney and pickles. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

Today we visit beautiful Barnsdale Gardens, created by Britain’s best loved gardener, the late Geoff Hamilton, star of Gardener’s World, the site is split into 38 individual gardens covering 8 acres. Our next visit is the pretty, traditional English market town of Oakham - look out for the unusual stocks - the five hole stocks are somewhat of a mystery! We end the day with a relaxing cruise on the horse-shoe shaped Rutland Water. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

After breakfast we head into Leicester and a visit to the King Richard III Visitor Centre which charts the story of the king’s life and death, revealing one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told. We depart after lunch for the journey home to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Leicester Marriott Hotel

This Marriott hotel is in a quiet setting just minutes from the M1. Enjoy air-conditioned rooms, a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas.

Bedrooms at the Leicester Marriott Hotel are spacious and stylish and feature luxurious bedding, a flat-screen TV and a dedicated work space with access to high-speed internet available.

Market Kitchen, the signature restaurant offers a menu packed full of wholesome and culturally inspired dishes from around the world. Enjoy a range of superfood salads, pasta dishes, gourmet burgers, artisan meats and desserts. Visit Market Kitchen Bar & Lounge for a range of craft beers, cocktails, wine & spirits and a selection of light meals or shareable platters.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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