Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
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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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Judith R
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK31 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
I first visited this venue on 7th. April 2015, and found it very interesting, owing to the recent discovery of Richard 111's remains. Although the rooms were small, this would be due to the dimensions of the historic building. I received a book entitled Richard 111- On Trial For Murder, by Michael S. Bennet, which questioned the charges against King Richard 111.
I recently attempted to visit again in Oct 2022, but the museum was closed, (?permanently), which was disapointing.
Written November 13, 2022
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Jenniclair
Holyhead91 contributions
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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marymary27
Scarborough, UK775 contributions
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
14 contributions
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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richgeezer
Leighton Buzzard, UK131 contributions
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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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK956 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is a small museum dedicated to Richard III located in one of the gatehouses along the City Walls. There are very steep steps at the entrance.

The exhibition is in one of the towers and we learned about the discovery of Richard III’s remains and how he died, as well as an explanation of the battles fought by his ancestors.

There is a small prison cell housing a skeleton with serious injuries and a suit of armour and there are a few archaeological specimens retrieved from the site.

When I was at school many years ago, in our history lessons Richard III was always portrayed as an evil king who killed the Princes in the Tower. However, the museum disputes this and gives him a chance to prove his innocence. We were given both sides of the argument and offered the chance to vote on his guilt or innocence at the end.

Worth a visit if you are visiting attractions nearby.
Written March 5, 2017
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Death in Doc Martens
5 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
I am a 'Ricardian'. I don't believe the Tudor spin doctoring of the image of King Richard III as a nephew murdering, brother killing, hunch backed despot. Right? Right. Therefore this museum was one of my 'must sees' on my recent visit to York. It is a small museum, that must be said. It is housed in Monks Bar, one of York's gateways. It has only been recently opened. It is small, but lovingly formed. So far, there isn't all that much to attract someone not particularly interested in that particular period of history. You can try on a series of Knights helmets, visit a couple of tiny cells, one of which was the prison of St. Margaret Clitheroe, a Catholic who was foully done to death due to the prevailing religious views of the time. There was a fascinating video presentation of the battle of Towton on the top floor, with a video aimed at children (Horrible Histories- brilliant!!), in a tent. My time spent here was short, but enjoyable. Maybe not to be recommended if you have youngsters to entertain, but for someone with an interest in military history/history/Richard III and the terrible Tudors, a definite must. Combine this with a visit to the Henry VII exhibition in the Micklegate Bar. Henry VII?! Boo Hiss.
Written November 8, 2014
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Liz T
Halifax, England, United Kingdom11 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
I visited the old Richard III Museum, which was run by a man who hadn't the money to make it a really professional exhibition, but he did a good job with what he had. It was about Richard, his connections with York, the question of the Princes in the Tower.
The new "Experience" has some more classy artefacts - the suit of armour is certainly better than the white plastic Storm Trooper exhibit in the new Leicester Visitor Centre, and it was lovely to see the crown & jewels when they were there, courtesy of John Ashdowne-Hill but the video in the upper room is about Towton, a battle fought in 1461 when Richard was only 8 years old. There is precious little about his life in Yorkshire, his enlightened legislation or his relationship with the city.
I haven't visited the Henry VII experience. I regard it as being in very poor taste that there should be one in York, but the fact that it's housed in Micklegate Bar, above which the heads of Richard's father & brother were placed on spikes following their deaths at the battle of Wakefield in 1461 is completely insensitive.
Written July 31, 2014
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Terri1st
Mold, UK15 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
Remembered the old exhibition, so went to see the new one. Could not believe there was so little Ricardian there! A suit of armour, some cheesy jewellery, a bad waxwork... The video was okay, but nothing new. The dioramas were okay -- but Richard would have been all of eight years old at the time of the Battle of Towton made it rather irrelevant... I much preferred the old set-up, with the 'trial' and the spoof tabloid headlines. It was quirky and fun and far more informative!
Written August 21, 2014
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Heritageguy
Cinderford, UK49 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
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, Barley Hall and The Henry VII Experience (Micklegate). I would recommend it to anyone interested in Richard III, The wars of the roses. Or purely interested in history
Written April 24, 2014
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