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“Basic but the little details were nice”

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar
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Ranked #59 of 201 things to do in York
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Owner description: Discover Henry VII Henry VII was the first Tudor King of England who ruled for twenty-four years after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. His early reign was made unstable by Yorkist rebellion and pretenders to the throne but he established one of the most celebrated royal dynasties of the middle-ages and passed his crown to his son Henry VIII. Find out about his early life as an exile Lancastrian heir to the throne, see the impact on the city of York as it continued to prosper throughout his reign and enjoy interactive experiences exploring life and death in Tudor times. Children can get involved in our special Tudor camp featuring the gruesome bits Henry's history provided by 'Horrible Histories' author, Terry Deary. Find out more about Henry's life and reign by following his timeline. Explore one of the major gateways to the city - Micklegate Bar Micklegate Bar has served as the main gateway to the city and the route through which serving monarchs have entered York for almost 1,000 years. It has also been the place at which the heads of traitors have been displayed and where condemned prisoners spent their final days on the way to the gallows. Experience the 15th and 16th century city of York Henry VII first came to York in 1486, where the civic authorities welcomed him with magnificent pageantry.York's importance as a trading centre had grown in the medieval period, and although York's status as England's second city was being challenged at the time of Henry's first visit, its many craftsmen guilds continued to prosper throughout his reign.
Warrington, United Kingdom
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“Basic but the little details were nice”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

I think this is a nice place to visit, it's a mini feature of the overall york history experience. It is part of the smaller independent museums and has tried to have a few little details to make it more special.

Visited May 2013
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“Good and quite interesting but not amazing”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

We had to wait until they opened up, which made for a very confusing time in which my friend and I wandered up and down the wall, since there was no sign saying we were at the right place. However, once inside the place does have some very interesting things in it, and I felt that with the joint pass with this attraction and the Jorvik Centre it was worth the money paid. There isn't all that much in it, as it is spread over two rooms, but a worthwhile way to spend an hour if you're interested in the history of the wall and so on. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming, despite unwittingly making us wait outside like lost lemmings.

Visited April 2013
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Kev C, Manager at Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar, responded to this review, 12 May 2013
I am really pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable visit to Micklegate Bar recently. We can only apologise for the lack of signage outside the premises whilst the museum is closed - since Micklegate Bar is located on York city walls we cannot fix any permanent signage in place (as the walls are a listed monument owned by York city council) so we can only deploy temporary signs - which we put out every morning when staff arrive on site.
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“Fascinating information in an informal setting”
Reviewed 29 March 2013

Museum set in the gatehouse - gives a better understanding of what the conditions were like rather than a large, open, clinical museum. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience - and 7 year old raved about it for ages

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“Good but not great”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

This was interesting to look at the History of the Bar and incredible to think that people have lived their. I wouldn't have been too impressed if I'd paid seperately to enter the building, but I bought a YAT pass that made it good value for money, and I would not have wanted to miss the opportunity to visit. I would say best for adults.

Visited February 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“My least favorite of the YAT attractions”
Reviewed 23 February 2013

I visited the Micklegate Bar Museum on a YAT pass during the Jorvik Viking Festival. I entered with myself and two of my children of 8 and 7 years.

This was by far my least favorite and less impressive of the YAT family of attractions. I feel like it was a bit of a stretch as far as a museum goes. The "ground" floor is the box office and gift shop. The first floor is the exhibit for the tower. It takes attempts to relate life on the wall to you through actual historical people, such as highwaymen, Richard III, and policemen. There is also a dress-up area for the children. The second floor is dedicated mostly to QEII's Diamond Jubilee visit to York, with small corners dedicated to Richard III and other severed heads that were displayed upon the wall, medieval helmets, and coloring sheets.

The children seemed to enjoy the fancy dress area. The staff were friendly and made attempts to relate much of the history to visitors. Despite all this, it just seemed a bit of a stretch as a museum goes and overpriced for what is offered. I believe one might get more out of a good book or a paid tour guide.

The Micklegate Bar is not stroller friendly, as its on the wall. Take the sling or backpack if you intend to bring a baby along.

Visited February 2013
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