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“A treasure easily overlooked”

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar
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$49.15*
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #63 of 204 things to do in York
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Owner description: 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.
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A treasure easily overlooked”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

This small but interesting museum could not be more convenient to visit while walking the walls. It's history ranges from the gruesome to the domestic and it should not be overlooked by anyone with an interest in York's long and colourful past.

Visited August 2012
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Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Maybe better with kids?”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

It sounded interesting, but it really wasn't. I much prefered visiting a free and empty gate with a York tour guide.

Visited July 2012
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Longniddry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great break from the walls”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

This small museum is a welcome break from walking round the walls and is a little hidden gem. It is full of information which are usefully written up on boards on the wall which are easy to read. It is accessed by very steep stairs so if you had mobility problems this is not the place for you. There are hats and costumes to try on - you don't need to be a kid to do this!

Visited July 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“an interesting break from the walls”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is one of a couple of little museums situated in old gatehouses in the city walls. If you're a geek, like me, you'll enjoy being in the building itself and the museum is a bonus! Lots of interesting stuff in their about the wars of the roses and the history of york. It makes perfect sense if you're walking the walls to while away some time in here before you carry on. Not that you should avoid it if you aren't!

Visited June 2012
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Great little museum on the walls.”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Great little museum on the walls. Kids loved the dress up section. Not for anybody who struggles with steep steps.

Visited May 2012
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