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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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We stopped off after seeing the sign by the road, there is a battlefield trail to walk (we didn't) a monument and some information panels. I knew of the battle but had no idea that over 14k soldiers perished in such a small area! Very thought provoking.
John B, Leeds, United Kingdom
Staying ten minutes walk away so had to visit this famous historical landmark and wasn't disappointed.
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 !!