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“Hugely disappointed”

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
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US$49.25*
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #54 of 204 things to do in York
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Owner description: Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England ruled for two years from 1483 to 1485. His short reign was marked by controversy, rebellion and challenges to his throne which led to his death at the Battle of Bosworth aged 33 years of age. Find out about his early life as his brother, Edward IV struggled for the throne of England with Henry VI; see arms and armour from his reign and enjoy multimedia presentations about the key battles of the Wars of the Roses. Children can get involved in our special medieval camp featuring the gruesome bits Richard's history provided by 'Horrible Histories' author, Terry Deary.
Hobart, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hugely disappointed”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

We arrived full of enthusiasm, we're bitterly disappointed. Attendant disengaged, and made us feel that the whole experience was a waste of time. Anti Richard, and not forthcoming with positive information. Bearing in mind that the current interest in Richard is at the moment at is height, a great opportunity has been lost by York and the museum to maximise the current international interest has been missed. This is NOT a museum, but rather a primary school display. There are no artefacts, or historical documentation. A great opportunity missed. Please do something about it.

Visited November 2013
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Ok for a look”
Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

Popped in whilst walking the wall. Cheap enough to get in, quite informative. Wouldnt go out of my way for it though.

Visited October 2013
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worth a look”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Quite a climb up some narrow, uneven steps (but this is part of the castle wall and tower so only to be expected. Inside there is a nice gift shop and a modest fee to go up further. The stairs get narrower the higher you go and I found them a bit tricky - made me quite nervous but it was worth it - lots of information and plenty to see, though it does rely heavily on laminated cards. The top floor has an interesting film playing and once you've looked at the evidence for and against, you are invited to give your own verdict as to whether Richard killed the children or not.

Visited October 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed this as I'm interested in war of the roses and Richard lll it won't take you long and there is a small charge but I think it's worth it you listen to a little trail in wether it was infact Richard lll who killed his nephews in the tower or someone else.

Visited October 2013
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Perth, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Tacky history”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Seems a place lost in time, it could do with a makeover. Too many laminated information sheets and pretend newspapers. There was a really dull pretend trial of Richard 3, although the video upstairs was much better.
I think the owner, who seems a real enthusiast needs to visit some other attractions to see what works because the tower and the Kings story are very interesting.

Visited September 2013
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