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Micklegate Bar Museum: Henry VII experience

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Address: Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 634436
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Discover Henry VII

Henry VII was the first Tudor King of England who ruled...

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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Good local (and national) history

M and I rushed round the Richard III Museum with some family almost a year ago and decided after 'we must go back and read everything properly'. So this week we did, and visited... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As someone who was brought up in York I never realised that there was such a good quality museum in Micklegate. Staff were friendly as we arrived as a uni group, there was lots of amazing artefacts and information. Gift shop looked decent and there was plenty for children to do.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

M and I rushed round the Richard III Museum with some family almost a year ago and decided after 'we must go back and read everything properly'. So this week we did, and visited both the Richard III Museum at Monk Bar and the Henry VII Museum at Micklegate Bar. We bought the 'Medieval Pass' for £8 each, which has... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

As per the other experience, worth going when making a trip around the wall of York. It will take up about 30 mins of your time and would not really appeal to young children. More board reading than anything else. Would only go again if bringing someone new to York.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I was going to visit this attraction however as I was due to go up the steps I was horrified to see two dead rats on the pavement Hence I did not continue and contacted TIC

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Thank Menumore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Because that's all about. It is the average museum with text in the walls which tells how Henry became King mainly. The good part is that it is connected to the wall and close to the river and the train museum.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We bought joint tickets that covered, this site, the Richard III Experience and Barley Hall. This was the second of the "walls" museums that we visited simply because that was the order in which we came to them as we did a complete circuit. There was a lot of interesting material but the connection with Henry and York was so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

It's not a big museum but it's worth coming to. We bought a combination ticket with the Richard III experience and Barley Hall and the price was good. On three levels and an intro to the history of the War of the Roses and life during that period. The staff were helpful and encourage getting your hands on the exhibits.... More 

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Really interesting small museum spread out on 3 levels. The exhibits and interpretation is well presented. Climb to the top and work your way down. Good activities for kids on top floor.

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a fairly small museum situated within the city walls. There are quite a few narrow steps to navigate but each floor has something to offer and entertain the children. From dressing up, games to things to touch and look at. This can be seen in about half an hour but as your ticket becomes an annual pass.... not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is the sister gateway exhibition to Richard III and has a similar layout; the exhibitions are equally informative and provide a good summary of both Henry’s relationship with York and how the habitants lived at that time.

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