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Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Monk Bar, York YO1 2LH, England
+44 1904 615505
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Ranked #83 of 132 attractions in York
Type: History Museums
Owner description: New for April 2014! The JORVIK Group's newest attraction invites you to step foot into the historic Monk Bar to discover The Richard III Experience.... more » Owner description: New for April 2014! The JORVIK Group's newest attraction invites you to step foot into the historic Monk Bar to discover The Richard III Experience. Explore the life of the last Plantagenet King as he struggled for the throne and power during his short reign. Experience his mighty moments of battle, with multimedia presentations, and displays of the authentic medieval weapons and armour used to fight his opponents during the bloody War of the Roses. Discover the grisly facts of Richard's rule in our Medieval camp, with gory facts provided by 'Horrible Histories' author Terry Deary. Located within the City Walls, and visited by Richard III himself, now you can truly follow in the footsteps of the Yorkist King! « less
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed having a look around Monks Bar. Lasted about 30 minutes. Found the guides selling the tickets more interesting than the written boards. They answered all my questions and more.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We only had time to visit this museum (though it is better value for money to pay to visit the Henry VII Experience too rather than pay for each separately). The stairs are steep and a bit narrow, but this is a medieval tower so that comes with the territory. Beginning on the top floor, visitors are treated to a... More

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Regina, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Although a tiny museum it's rich in the history of Richard III. Worth seeing....worth climbing all the very steep steps!

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York, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is well worth a visit if you are in York, especially if you are interested in that part of history as I am. Th They are flexible with the tickets you can pay to see only one (either Richard III or Henry VII), both or you can get a Medieval pass which includes both Richard III, Henry VII experiences... More

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stopped off here because its opposite the wonderful art gallery and the York Pass we had covered it. This seems like a use for the Monk Bar as does the Henry II experience at Micklegate Gate. The exhibition consists of posters explaining who was who and what happened, a few dressing up bits and pieces, and a Horrible History... More

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Scotland
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It is worth it even to get a chance to go inside the old gate itself. We bought a medieval pass ( good price ) to allow us in to 3 attractions . The first one we visited was the Richard III experience and we all liked it, next we went to Barley Hall ( it was better ) then... More

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Since the change of ownership in March. The York Archaeological Trust have refurbished and there is more space. It takes you through Richards life with small displays. Although nothing like the predecessor. For the admission It's advisable to purchase a medieval pass which lasts a year and costs £8.00 for adults. This gives you unlimited access to Richard III Experience,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Me and my partner visited last week and thought the museum was good value. They had made a good use of space too and the horrible history bit upstairs would have been great for kids (I dont have any but some children were in the horrible history area when we were looking around and they seemed to be enjoying it).... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I just adored this quaint and unique museum set in the midst of the medieval city walls of York. Getting there up the ancient narrow steps is just so atmospheric and once inside the entrance room you are confronted with a mishmash of historical wonders from models of Richard III to books and history-themed items to buy. Up the steps... More

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Lancing, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Looking at the other reviews I think this attraction (and its co-museum, the Henry VII museum at Micklegate Bar) has been updated recently. One of the best things for me was to see the Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar from the inside, after having viewed them from the outside and seen them all over the postcards. On the top floor... More

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