The Bars

The Bars, York: Address, Phone Number, The Bars Reviews: 4.5/5

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There are four "bars" or entryways, usually in the form of an arch, which allow access through the ancient stonewalls surrounding the city of York.
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Andy-S60
London, UK1,834 contributions
Exceptionally historical gates..
Jan 2020 • Couples
What can I say about these gate that hasn’t already been said? Suffice to say that, at almost 1,000 years old, they have to be seen to be truly appreciated. Great Wall walks from either side. One of the truly definitive things to see in York.
Written January 12, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,124 contributions
Stunning gates.
Oct 2019 • Friends
The Bars ( Gateways ) are one of the most iconic features of York ,Walmgate,Micklegate, Bootham Bar,Monk Bar are the most famous but there are smaller gateways and towers ,they form part of the famous York Walls which is a great way to enjoy the superb architecture of this most beautiful of city's, the Bars make for some great photographic opportunities and if your planning a trip to York are most definitely well worth checking out.
Written October 26, 2019
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK12,645 contributions
Medieval gates into York
Mar 2019 • Solo
There are four medieval main gates (bars) into York (Bootham/Micklegate/Monk/Walmgate) and linked by the walls. York city council like to say “you can see 2000yrs of history in 2 miles”. However, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds as the walls are not continuous plus there’s steps/stairs to negotiate. Views make it well worth the effort and it’s definitely one of those “must do” things to cross off your bucket list - just pay attention as you walk round as there are some long drops to be wary of!
Written March 18, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia34,122 contributions
A Bar without a drink!
Sep 2018 • Couples
We went walking on the city walls of York starting at Micklegate Bar. It's an impressive building, as it was built to be one of the several gateways to York city in older times. According to the information board it was the most important of the four main gateways and the focus for grand events. The name comes from 'Micklelith', meaning great street. It was the main entrance to the city for anyone arriving from the South. At least half a dozen reigning monarchs have passed through this gate and by tradition they stop here to ask the Lord Mayor's permission to enter the city.

The lower section of the bar dates from the 12th century, the top two storeys from the 14th. The building was inhabited from 1196. Like the other main gates, Micklegate Bar originally had a barbican built on the front, in this case demolished in 1826.

For centuries the severed heads of rebels and traitors were displayed above the gate, the many victims include Sir Henry Purcey (Hotspur) in 1403 and Richard, Duke of York in 1460. The last of the severed heads was removed in 1754.

A great Gateway, worth visiting.
Written November 29, 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,124 contributions
Step back in time .
Jul 2018 • Friends
The evocative gatehouses ( Bars )and Roman Walls are an absolutely must go destination on any holiday or trip to the famous city of York, in fact it's hard to miss the walls and gatehouses in York as there's well over two miles of them encirculating York,from the main train station of York your confronted by the walls and walking a little further on you can see the awesome looking Micklegate Bar, it looks so cool and it's like stepping back in time .
Walking the walls is nice as well ,you get to see the city from a different perspective ,the Monk Bar is probably the most famous Bar and again looks fabulous as do the Walmgate Bar,Bootham Bar and Fishergate Bar ,all beautiful gatehouses and all well worth visiting.
The Bars and walls are most definitely well worth checking out.
Written July 24, 2018
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rabindirumun
Manchester, UK46 contributions
Interesting
Jul 2018 • Couples
The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable which showed in their passion when answering our many questions. Main down fall - not cheap!
Written July 22, 2018
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Alan W
London, UK1,314 contributions
Gateway to city
Mar 2018 • Couples
There were four main gates to ancient York known as the Bars . Today they are where the roads enter through the walls of the city
Written March 27, 2018
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LamplighterYork
Easingwold, UK599 contributions
Wonderful fortifications
Jan 2018 • Solo
Magnificent examples of architecture. Easily accessible by stone staircases though not possible for the less able. Fascinating history based on Roman, Norman and Medieval times and reasonably well maintained. Great to show kids how cities were fortified.
Written January 14, 2018
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Jaybird
Chesterfield, UK3,318 contributions
Each Has It's Own Character
Dec 2017 • Couples
Beautiful old gateways interlinked by a great walk along the walls, it just has to be done when in York
Written December 28, 2017
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KevinRayment
Welwyn, UK834 contributions
Characteristic York architecture
Aug 2017 • Solo
I have visited all of these along the walls. They provide a lot of character to the city and add to the interest of the wall.
Written August 11, 2017
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