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Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
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Owner description: 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.
east yorks
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Tiny and needs updating...”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Came here as my daughter is studying Richard III at the moment. At £3 for the two of us it hardly broke the bank but still, there was basically nothing there. Just three rooms of information on the walls telling you about Richard III, and a TV blaring out some information about the wars of the rose. There was also no mention of his bones been recently discovered, which I found quite bizarre given all they hype it has received.

Overall, I was quite disappointed about what the museum had to offer. Given the beautiful and historic (albeit small) building the museum is set in, I feel they have done more to make it a brilliant and informative little museum, just by spending a few pounds on something to look at, rather than just read.

Visited May 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A huge disappointment (better go see what Leicester have done)”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

I have a great interest in this period of history and in particular Richard 111. Coming from Leicester where his bones have just been discovered and there is a fascinating exhibition in our medieval Guild Hall I was looking forward to seeing the museum in York dedicated to the York King. The only thing to be said for it is the actual bar it is in and the cells within, knowing that Richard paid for the upper room to be built. The exhibition is tacky and just concentrates on the question of whether Richard murdered the Princes in the tower. There are tabloid style headlines in laminated sheets everywhere, an awful mock up of a court room with the most dreadful model of Richard that looks like a cheap pantomime dummy and there is far more to this iconic figure besides the murder (or not) of the princes.
The member of the staff on duty was very unhelpful, unfriendly and refused to communicate, this person obviously didn't like the museum either!
York - you will have to do better than this in your fight to get the bones back!!

Visited April 2013
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90 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Putting a Case Across”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This little museum situated in the Monks Bar is worth a visit if you have an interest in this much-maligned King of England. The Owen is trying to put Richard's story across. A visit will make all clear. Good little gif shop and friendly staff.

Visited April 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Unusual, topical and small - interesting builing!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Situated in historic Monkgate, partway along one part of the fascinating York Wall, this museum is probably unique- an opportunity to decide whether Richard III murdered the Princes in the Tower, although little was done to exploit its topicality, apart from an easily missable petition in the shop which advocated Richard III's recently found bones being buried in York. The exhibition is interesting with the information being presented throughout in a For and Against fashion, using videos, modern-day newspaper reporting, etc. Unfortunately much of it looks a bit dusty and neglected and the staff in the shop (where you pay to enter the museum) aren't hugely enthusiastic - if they were this attraction could be brilliant. Reasonably priced - £3 with concessions for children, students and pensioners. Great views from the various levels of the building, - the stairs are narrow and steep, but fairly easy to use with care. Although it is impossible to miss this attraction if you are walking this section of the Wall or entering the city through Monkgate, little is done to encourage visitors in which is a shame as it is potentially very interesting. Allow about an hour, - more if you have history fanatics with you or if you want a good look around the shop as well.

Visited April 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Ok but very small”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

After taking in the City Wall from Bootham Bar, we decided to stop in and have a look at this tiny museum.

There is a £3 charge, which is reasonable, and it its great to be inside the bar and see the tiny prison cells within the bar itself. I see what the museum is trying to be/do, but it can come off as a little cheap. It does provide some informative displays, but there is so much more that can be done with the building.

Visited February 2013
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