Battle of Evesham Battlefield
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Site of the 1265 Battle of Evesham
De Montfort's men were massacred, killed on the hillside or drowned while trying to cross the River Avon. De Montfort's body was cut to pieces, and the pieces sent to various parts of the kingdom as a warning to others. His torso was carried down the hill and buried at Evesham Abbey. A memorial to the Earl stands amid the ruins of the once-powerful abbey.
VisitingThere is no dedicated parking area for the battlefield. The easiest thing is to park on a side street off Greenhill, or on Worcester Road (B4624) at the base of the hill. The battlefield trail is signposted from both sides, though the signposts could be a bit more obvious. The site is privately owned, but a permissive footpath leads through the site. Note that no dogs are allowed. The trail is entirely self-guided and is managed by the Simon de Montfort Society under a Natural England stewardship programme.
It does take some imagination to visualize the course of the battle, since there are no obvious remains of signs to tell what happened where. On the other hand, the battlefield is a beautiful area, an oasis of relative peace and rural beauty on the edge of Evesham town.
From the Almonry just follow High Street north until it turns into Greenhill. As you ascend the hill you are following in the footsteps of Simon de Montfort's rebel soldiers. Opposite Croft Road is Battle wel House. In the mid-19th century a large number of burials were found near the house, thought to have been rebel soldiers pursued down the hill towards the town.
As of this writing plans are underway to expand the visitor facilities and improve the experience of visiting the battlefield. I do hope these plans work out, for it is a very enjoyable site to visit and really just needs more in the way of signs and helpful information to make the battle and its story come alive.
As it is now the best place to get a better idea of the battle is in the Almonry itself, where a special Battle of Evesham exhibit reconstructs the battlefield. One of the exhibits is an iron axe head discovered in the River Avon. It is the same design as weapons carried by Simon de Montfort's Welsh soldiers.
The Battlefields Trust offer regular battlefield walks, and The Simon de Montfort Society holds an annual wreath laying ceremony at the Abbey on the anniversary of the battle. The Evesham official website also has an extremely useful sketch of the battlefield trail.
See our history section for more on the Battle of Evesham, its causes, the course of the battle, and its consequences.
About Battle of Evesham Battlefield
Address: Greenhill, Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Attraction Type: Countryside - Battlefield
Location: Off Greenhill (A4184). Open site, accessible at any time.
Website: Battle of Evesham Battlefield
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Evesham, St Lawrence's Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Evesham, All Saints Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Almonry Heritage Centre Museum - 1.2 miles (Museum)
Middle Littleton Tithe Barn - 2.7 miles (Historic Building)
Fleece Inn - 3.6 miles (Historic Building)
Gordon Russell Museum - 5.2 miles (Museum)
Ashton-under-Hill, St Barbara's Church - 5.5 miles (Historic Church)
Pershore Abbey - 5.7 miles (Historic Church)
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