Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

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Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
3.5
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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.
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marymary27
Scarborough, UK688 contributions
Interesting visit
Mar 2020 • Friends
I enjoyed my visit to the museum. The lady on the ticket desk was very helpful and explained the different prices etc. Our time was limited as we had to catch a train, so did not have time to watch all of the video presentation. The exhibits were interesting as was the location in the tower of a gate. However I do think that the name ‘Richard III experience’ is a bit misleading, there was more about the battle of Towton than about Richard. Maybe so named to go with the Henry VI exhibition in another gate (which I plan to visit in future) and attract visitors not very familiar with English history.
Written March 13, 2020
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Lucy H
12 contributions
Poor museum that needs updating
Feb 2020 • Family
There are just two rooms to this museum and most of it consists of information panels around the wall, which have too much information on them to take in at once. There is also a video about the Battle of Towson which is quite interesting but it’s hard to hear it when there are a lot of others in the room. I would give this museum a miss unless it’s included in your York pass.
Written February 27, 2020
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Hi there, we're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to Richard III Experience. We do take feedback seriously and use it to improve future visits.
Written March 4, 2020
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Helen M
12 contributions
Superb atmospheric experience.
Feb 2020
Visited as part of a series of museum visits whilst in York. Very pleased with the comprehensive level of information. Layout was like reading your way through the history books. The 30 minute video was an interesting viewpoint on the monarchy at this time in York. Learnt a lot. The fact we had been to Middleham Castle made some of the missing links fit the puzzle. Walked the wall to Henry VII tower. Completed a comprehensive guide across the period and explained the War of the Roses turmoils between the Yorkists and Lancastrians. (Very Game of Thrones).
Written February 21, 2020
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Thanks for the brilliant review! We're really pleased you enjoyed learning about the Wars of the Roses at Richard III Experience. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to York.
Written March 4, 2020
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Val L
Cannock, UK258 contributions
Hidden gem
Feb 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed the museum when we eventually found it - agree with previous review that the stairs are interesting! But they do tell you about the stairs when you pay . Fascinating exhibits which we visited as part of our York pass.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thanks for the great review!
Written March 4, 2020
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richgeezer
Leighton Buzzard, UK129 contributions
Small but well formed
Feb 2020
There is not a huge amount here directly related to Richard III (what a pity Leicester got the spoils of war), but interesting information on the Yorkist struggle in the Wars of the Roses. Interesting video on Towton, period suit of armour, and skeleton from battlefield. Monks Bar interesting in its own right with adjacent city wall walk. Admission ticket covers Henry VII experience at Micklegate Bar and is valid for 1year.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thanks for leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed learning about Yorkist history and the Wars of the Roses.
Written March 4, 2020
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Jenniclair
Holyhead86 contributions
Interesting, if nerve-wracking!
Jan 2020
My daughter (9) and I visited this as part of the Jorvik Pastport ticket. I found the ascent up the tower somewhat nerve-wracking but it was worth going up. There is a lot of reading, which was a bit boring for my daughter but she said it was "quite good"; we were also able to find out about the different helmets (which could be tried on) and armour that was used. There was a video to watch but this was part way through when we arrived and as it was getting close to closing time, we didn't really think we had time to watch it through from the beginning once the other visitors had finished, so missed out on this, which I would have liked to see.

The gentleman on the desk was very chatty and informative, taking time to talk to my daughter about various things of interest, both in the exhibition and around the city. His colleague on the first floor was also very happy to engage with her and talk about the helmets, etc.

I would certainly like to go back and watch the video in full and my daughter has said that although it was perhaps not her favourite museum, she would be happy to return too. I think it's one of those places that she will benefit from as she gets older, learning a little more each time she goes!
Written February 2, 2020
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70ish
Worcester, UK2,118 contributions
A lot of information on the Battle of Towton
Jan 2020 • Solo
The battle of Towton in 1461 was the bloodiest battle fought on British soil and there is a lot of information in this small museum including a skeleton of a man with several injuries who archeologist believe was probably high status. I didn't learn anything new about Richard 3rd but it is an interesting little museum.
Written January 31, 2020
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Zoe Morrison
90 contributions
History Top Up
Nov 2019
This was a lovely experience, it was something that I think families with small children would enjoy the most, as I remember helmets being laid around for you to try on, and kids love that kind of thing! It did have a decent amount of history and if you already know about Richard the 3rd and find it interesting you're gunna love this experience as you learn more about him, as it's pretty much solely about him. It was a wonderful day overall!
Written January 6, 2020
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Hi there, thanks for the fantastic review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Richard III Experience.
Written January 8, 2020
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KevinSadler2364
Leicester, UK1,267 contributions
Educating
Dec 2019 • Solo
Now I'm from Leicester so have studied Richard on a regular basis, and therefore have a deep knowledge of the King and his life.
So in truth this museum didn't educate me, but it wod many others, and in good and interesting details lays out his life and death.
Written December 27, 2019
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apophisguard
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,160 contributions
Misnamed, nothing to do with Richard III
Nov 2019
As another reviewer stated, this is more a Battle of Towton experience. There's very little to do with Richard III. There's a few decent displays and you can try a few helmets on, but that's about it. In fact, being a bit of an historian - I had to inform the guides on some points. There's also a bit of a gift shop, but nothing for the casual Ricardian.
Written November 26, 2019
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