Coronavirus (covid-19) update
Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers remains our top priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations, we will close Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre effective from 4.30pm on Wednesday 4th November.
The 1485 Tithe Barn Tea Room will be open Saturday – Wednesday 9.30 – 3.30pm running a reduced menu take away service only. The courtyard toilets will be open during these times only (operating a one in/one out system).
Closing our heritage site, along with other heritage attractions across the nation, will mean tougher times ahead for those working in the tourism industry. We ask that you continue to support our site by rearranging your visit for later in the year and what out for online activities and events.
Caring about your safety
To help you feel safer visiting us, we have:
- Undertaken full risk assessments against national Covid-19 guidance.
- Introduced admission only by pre-booked ticket; for now you can’t just turn up on the day.
- Introduced bookable time slots for entry so that your arrival is spaced out from others.
- Allowed one booking of up to 6 people or up to 8 people from one household or support bubble for each time slot, meaning you are in control of who joins you on your visit and the number of people on site is managed and controlled.
- We are accepting contactless card payment only, creating a cashless environment in the Exhibition. (NB the car park machine is currently cash only)
- Put in Safety screens at till points to increase protection at key points.
- Installed public hand sanitising points and an increased cleaning regime at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Created one-way systems operating where possible, as well as signage to guide you.
- Operating a one in / one out policy on all toilet facilities.
- Due to technical issues, our mobility scooter is unavailable until further notice. But normally, a mobility scooter can be borrowed for two hours, booking essential. It will be quarantined for 72 hours after use, so please ring us to check availability.
- We are not currently taking bookings for groups with multiple households pending further information on the latest government regulations.
- Joint tickets with the RIII Centre and the 1620s House are not available.
In return, we ask that you help us by:
- Wearing a face covering when inside the exhibition and all other buildings on site.
- Maintaining 2m social distancing from other visitors, staff and volunteers.
- Washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more and particularly after contacting surfaces in public areas.
- Using the hand sanitiser provided at every opportunity
- Following any one-way systems and respect new signage or verbal instructions.
- Taking personal responsibility for managing any children who are part of your booking, to ensure that they observe social distancing and good hygiene practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I allow for my visit?
Bosworth – We anticipate you will need around 1 hour to enjoy the exhibition space. Under the current circumstances, please make the most of your hour because we are not able to allow to re-enter after your timeslot, however, in order to manage social distancing and the flow of all customers who have booked, we also ask that you are mindful of maintaining your own progress through the exhibition.
Can I turn up on the day and buy a ticket?
Entry to our site is currently only by pre-booked ticket. We have introduced bookable time slots in order to manage the arrival of groups of customers during opening times. Unfortunately, if you turn up without a pre-booked ticket, we cannot guarantee entry.
Do I have to book a time slot for under 3s and Carers?
Yes, as both tickets need to be counted for us to manage the number of people in each booking slot, up to a maximum of 8 people.
Can I cancel or change my time slot?
Unfortunately, once your time slot is booked, we are unable to change it, so please make sure that you check the date and time you have selected before you confirm your order.
Are group rates available?
If you are planning a group visit of more than 10 people please ring or email us to discuss your visit.
Can I go into the exhibition at any time?
Unfortunately, due to current guidance and restrictions, it is not possible to allow you entry to the exhibition at times other than your booked time slot. It is also not possible to allow you re-admission after your time slot, without you booking a new time slot. Your first admission ticket becomes an annual return pass for the next 12 months, so you are welcome to re-book a return visit at a later date, if you wish.
What if I have already bought a ticket in the past that is still valid for free admission?
You are welcome to visit us on your return ticket, but you will need to pre-book a time slot. You will see that return visit tickets are shown on our booking site, so you will need to select all those that apply to your visit. The return ticket will be valid for its original duration.
When should I arrive for my visit?
To ensure social distancing is managed, please do not arrive for your booked time slot early. You should aim to arrive at the admission point at the time of your booking, so please allow yourself time to walk from car parking to the admission point. Once you have entered the exhibition, you will not be allowed to exit and return at a later time, so please also make sure that you leave time before your arrival time to use the toilet facilities.
Are your customer toilet facilities open?
Yes, our customer toilet facilities are open for use. Once you have entered the exhibition, you will not be allowed to exit and return at a later time, so please make sure you use the toilets, if you need to, before you start your exhibition visit.
Our toilet facilities are currently operating on a one-in/one-out basis, so please also be aware that you will need to ‘call-out’ before entering the toilet to ensure no other customers are using the facility. The toilets remain in use as male / female, unless specifically designated as unisex.
Are you following 1m or 2m social distancing?
We have decided to work to 2m social distancing at the current time. We would ask you to try to maintain 2m social distance from other customers and staff at all times. We have one-way systems in operation to help with this, but please be considerate to others.
Will I meet other customers while in the exhibition?
We have introduced bookable time slots that allow only one booking of up to 6 people or up to 8 people from a household or support bubble at each time. We hope this will help with the flow of customers around our site. We would also ask you to follow the flow around the exhibition and not to make u-turns that could mean you meet the following customer group. However, if you meet other customers while you visit, we would ask that you respect the 2m social distancing rule and be considerate to others.
As well as re-opening to bookings by the public, we are also now working to accommodate school and pre-booked, larger groups. Please be assured that in these cases, exhibition admission time slots will be in place to manage their flow in the same way. However, please be mindful that on the day of your visit you may see some larger groups in outdoor spaces, as well as managed groups, including school children in the exhibition.
Will I be able to touch audio visual displays and other objects?
All non-essential objects have been removed from our exhibition spaces, so we are limiting the number of objects that can be touched. To access touch screens and any interactive, ‘hands-on’ elements of displays we will issue you with a stylus when you are welcomed. This can be used to activate touch screens and lift interactive gallery elements (where this is still allowed), without making physical contact. Stylus should be returned at the end of your visit and will be cleaned / quarantined for 72 hours before being re-issued. We would encourage visitors not to touch objects or displays that are not interactive or have been marked as not in use. Regular use of hand sanitiser and hand washing for at least 20 seconds is encouraged where possible. Sanitisation stations are available at key locations in the exhibition, should you not have your own hand sanitiser.
Will there be catering facilities available?
The 1485 Tithe Barn Cafe is open Saturdays to Wednesdays from 9.30 – 3.30pm serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. There is limited capacity inside the barn and more tables outside.
When are you re-starting public guided walks?
Depending on new government restrictions, we are planning to re-start our guided walks on October 10th and 11th. See more details here
Do I need to wear a face covering?
Following current Government guidance, you will be required to wear a face covering while inside all of the buildings onsite, unless there is a reason why this should not be the case, or in the case of children under 11, who are not required to wear a face covering. Circumstances when a face covering may not be required include:
- If a customer cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause the customer severe discomfort
- If a customer is speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate.
- To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others.
Due to other measures in place, such as Perspex screens at till points, in line with current Government guidance, staff and people acting on our behalf, for example, speakers and performers, who are working inside, will not be wearing face coverings unless they have made a personal choice to do so. In some instances, a visor may be used by speakers / performers based on personal circumstance or choice.
If you see a customer who is not wearing a face covering, please respect that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.
Will you be undertaking additional cleaning of the public spaces?
As well as our normal programme of keeping the exhibition clean, additional sanitisation of key areas such as interactive elements, handrails and seats will be undertaken before opening, at regular intervals throughout the day and after closing.
What if I need first aid, or there is an emergency?
In these uncommon circumstances, we have revised our procedures and are following guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment. Our Front of House staff are aware of these new procedures and will issue appropriate instructions to visitors if required.
Can I visit if I have been in contact with someone with suspected symptoms of Covid-19, or have the symptoms myself?
In line with Government advice you should not visit if you believe you may have come into contact with someone with suspected symptoms of Covid-19, or you believe you have the symptoms yourself. You should stay at home and isolate yourself, seeking advice from the NHS 111 service.
What should I do if I develop symptoms within 14 days of my visit?
Please contact us to let us know so that we can manage this with the national track & trace process.
As part of the booking process, you will be asked to provide your contact details, including name, address, telephone number and e-mail. We will hold these details in our electronic booking system in order that they can be provided to the track & trace process, if required.
About the Centre
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on Monday 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.
Discover more about the Battle of 1485 where Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life, and Henry Tudor became King!
With interactive, hands-on displays and a range of activities, including guided walks, you can find out about medieval warfare, how the battle unfolded and the impact of the new and powerful Tudor dynasty.
Find out how archaeologists discovered the true location of the Battle and see some of the unique objects that were unearthed.
Please note that the last admission to the Exhibition is currently 3.00 pm.
Note for dog owners: The site is dog friendly, but only access dogs are permitted in the exhibition and tea room.
Download a copy of the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre leaflet here.
Download a copy of The Battlefield Trail Walk here.