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Walk the footsteps of the soldiers who fought on the Flodden Battlefield over 500 years ago.
It is hard to conceive today of the carnage that took place there on the 9th September 1513, when surveying the rolling hills just to the north of Branxton. 14,000 men died in an afternoon, at a rate of slaughter that exceeds the first hour of English casualties at the Battle of the Somme in the First World War. A British monarch fell on the battlefield for the last time. It was the last great battle in Northumberland. A generation of men from many areas of the region were all but wiped out. Its importance to the history of the region as well as to the nation simply cannot be underestimated. Fully illustrated boards are now in place to allow the visitor to better visualise the battle as they walk round the site. They describe the chronology of events, and provide some visualisations of what the day may have been like, along with the scale of the battle, and some of the local events leading up it. The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum is an open museum which links together over 40 sites and other aspects of heritage nationwide which have a connection to the Battle of Flodden, through history, folklore, or legend. These include the battlefield, castles, bridges, churches, museums, walls, and also traditions such as the border Ride Outs and songs such as the bagpiping tune of Floo'ers O' The Forest. All the Ecomuseum sites are in the care of their communitites and together tell the wider story of the battle from multiple perspectives in their original contexts.Perhaps the last word should go to an 8 year old visitor who had a great time when she visited the battlefield recently. “I visited the site with my mum and dad today and really, really enjoyed it...I liked the picture boards all the way round. I could imagine the mud and the noise when the battle happened. I like to imagine what ancient things are buried deep in the ground!!!”
Visit www.flodden1513.com to discover the Battle which shaped our nations.
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Worth a visit
WestieKJPP, Nottingham, UK
My partner and i were staying in Branxton and made the small walk to Flodden Field. If you're into battlefield history this place is a must. To see the layout of the battlefield really helps you to understand why the Scots' battle plan was so poor. There is a great walk around the battlefield. I found it to be quite a moving environment.
Worth a visit
e46035, Stirling, United Kingdom
There isn't allot to see, but it gave you a great feel for a significant battle site. The site is well maintained and shared lots of great information.
Excellent site for Learning about the Worst Defeat in Scotland's History
73North, Galashiels, United Kingdom
This is an ideal site , where you have a laminated Story Board where it tells you all about the worst defeat in Scotland's History in 1513 - note that you have a wide view of the battlefield where the information board is sited , if you want a better view then you have to climb up a steepish Branxton hill to reach the battle site where the Scottish Army was sited before its fateful charge - also the actual Battle site IS at Branxton Hill , not Flodden Hill , as the Scot's Army moved from their prepared positions due to being outflanked by the English Army crossing the River Till behind you - the panel tells you the reasons why the Battle was such a disaster ... please note if the weather is bad or cold , you need warm clothing as its an exposed site !!
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Cameron1959, Abernethy, United Kingdom
Easy access and very wheelchair friendly so long as you have strong hands or one of those electric ram raiders as the switch backs are long but shallow incline. No other visitors there on the day so great for us and really able to take in the feel of the place which is important as we were on a film 🎥 location visit. Best advice go early morning or sunset to really appreciate the true events and avoid the crowds. Very well documented on unobtrusive sign boards so no need for a guide book. Skip busy with too many tourista days as it simply won't work for you in the middle of the day. Stunning views from this wee hillock in the heart of the Borders.
You have to be Interested in History!
Philip R, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Came here to see the Battlefield as it has always interested me. Coming from Branxton Village, the car park is easy to find and there is ample room. Theres a short walk up the hill to the Memorial Cross. Before one reaches the cross, one can't for the life of one envisage a battle taking place around. Having reached the Cross however it all becomes blisteringly apparent to see how and where the armies drew up. The maps and details of the battle are well documented in front of you and although the place is very remote , we found it well worth the trip.