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Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, England
+44 1904 615505
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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.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our main reason for visiting was due to our daughter studying Henry as part of her history A level. Amusingly, the bit she enjoyed most was the Horrible Histories video which we could’ve called up on Youtube! The rest she barely bothered to look at,...More

Thank Telgip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The stairs are fairly steep but passable, there are activities for the children and some pretty accurate information so well worth visiting, we walked along the walls to get to it. The member of staff was helpful and friendly and we took the deal on...More

Thank jane3752017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my previous visit to York had visited the Richard III museum, so this time decided to visit this small museum. The staff were very welcoming and I got a slight discount on entry due to being an English Heritage member. The museum itself covers...More

Thank Julia G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It should be no surprise more emphasis is given to Richard III than Henry Tudor in the city of York since he was a Yorkist king and derived much of his support from his natural power base here and surrounding area.. Both Richard III and...More

Thank Ludger4
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We were staying the opposite of the city but I had this on my list. After a 15 minute trip and a difficult to find place. Through a gift shop and up the stairs a small tower room with half dozen writing boards about Henry....More

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 29 August 2017

It was nice enough going into this and the one room that was open was worth seeing. I had a passport that enabled me to get into five attractions in York. If I'd paid standard entry fee to see the one room I'm not sure...More

Thank travelisbliss22
Reviewed 27 August 2017

As per the title a total waste of 2 minutes of my life (yup it actually took that long). The worst kind of example of how not to get anyone interested in history

Thank MidLifeButNoCrisis
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We first visited this museum last year when it was all accessible. This year, maintenance work on the whole of Micklegate Bar means that the top storey is unavailable which was a disappointment and we did feel that we should have been warned about this...More

1  Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed 22 August 2017

stoped off here as we were stopping in a hotel two minuites away .very very small to see the least. david the guide i guess you could call him certainally knew his stuff was very entertaining .there was renavation going on ,on the top floor...More

Thank marieG4587IV
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We went here after visiting the Richard III exhibition and it was a lot smaller due to renovations to the top floor but still a few things to see. Also the guide David was very knowledge and we chatted with him at length about the...More

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Response from bellabubble | Reviewed this property |
I would say about an hour or 2 if you go to both museums and read all the info. Still lots of things to see inside them both