In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a range of hot and cold items plus milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Boarding our motorcoach, we will ride to Battle Abbey in East Sussex to learn about the Norman Conquest. It was here on October 14, 1066, that the face of Britain changed forever. Led by King Harold, 7,000 Britons fought for the future of their country against the invading army of Duke William II of Normandy, now better known as William the Conqueror. As King William I, he founded an abbey where the battle had raged both to commemorate his victory and “in expiation for the sin involved in the conquest” of killing so many people. The high altar is said to be on the spot where King Harold died. Little remains of the original abbey buildings except for the imposing gateway but there are significant structures of later vintage. The site of the Battle of Hastings (so called for William’s nearby headquarters) is said to be one of the least altered of all medieval battlefields. We will trace the course of the battle through a film at the Visitor Centre, learning as well what England was like at the time of the conquest and about events that led up to that fateful day.
At Battle Abbey Tearoom, choose from a range of sandwiches, soups, salads, and daily specials featuring locally sourced products.
Returning to Canterbury, we will have an expert led exploration of historic Canterbury Cathedral. The home of the Church of England, the Cathedral has been standing in some form since 597 CE. During 1942, the Luftwaffe targeted the Cathedral, as well as thousands of other sites designated as culturally important, in an attempt to destroy civilian morale. It was saved only by the brave actions of volunteer Firewatchers, who were able to throw hundreds of fire bombs from its roof to the Precincts below. The remainder of the afternoon is Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions for exploring the compact medieval city of Canterbury.
Dinner tonight is on your own to enjoy what you like.