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“Everything you'd expect”

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar
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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.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Everything you'd expect”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

This was a last minute stop off before I left York. I only had an hour which turned out to be just long enough to make the most of the museum. It provides a relatively in depth history of the bar and the key players in its past. It also gives a brief yet helpful explanation of the Wars of the Roses in relation to York. Overall its an interesting place to drop in and for only a few pounds its worth doing. It also offers a ticket bundle option for some of the other small museums in the city if you have time to make the most of it.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“v. good for what it is”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

a nice little museum on the wall. Staff very friendly and helpful.
Don't go expecting to spend half a day and you won't be disappointed.
You can do the whole thing in less than 45 minutes, but it'll be time well spent.

Visited March 2013
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Cambridgeshire, England
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“30 minutes maximum - but very interesting”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

The Micklegate Bar has obviously been used for many purposes over the years including a prison and home but this little museum is probably likely to be best remembered for its informative video documentary on the arming and protecting of knights through the centuries - from chain mail to plate mail. It is more of a distraction whilst walking around the wall than something you strive to find, but it is well worth a visit - not least for the reduced admission into Jorvik and other museums associated with it!

Visited August 2013
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NB, Canada
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“Life in Medieval York”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

This "bar" or city wall gate has seen many uses--prison, gatehouse, home. The museum provides an interesting and informative context for life in medieval York and traces the various incarnations and inhabitants of the building. Recommend for those who want to contextualize some of the city's history. This museum is part of a cluster of smaller museums that offer discounted fees--so do ask about that. Make sure you can climb the stairs!

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Different yet cool museum”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Like other people have noted, it's a bit hard to find. It was cool inside and interesting. It is very small and will not take much time to go through it.

Visited July 2013
Thank Paula H
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