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Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
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Ranked #53 of 200 things to do in York
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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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Me and my partner visited last week and thought the museum was good value. They had made a good use of space too and the horrible history bit upstairs would have been great for kids (I dont have any but some children were in the horrible history area when we were looking around and they seemed to be enjoying it). The artifacts were very interesting and up to date and the staff were very knowledgable. The only problem was a video playing had the volume quite high and it was a bit annoying but no other complaints. Will be visiting again later in the year.

1 Thank Grace W
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“A gem of a museum in the heart of medieval York”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

I just adored this quaint and unique museum set in the midst of the medieval city walls of York. Getting there up the ancient narrow steps is just so atmospheric and once inside the entrance room you are confronted with a mishmash of historical wonders from models of Richard III to books and history-themed items to buy. Up the steps to the rest of the museum is like stepping back in time - for such a compact place, there is loads to see and read about here. The tiny prison cells are really atmospheric and the idea of the trial of Richard III for the murder of the princes is a very clever and entertaining one for children and adults alike. What I liked best about this museum is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, but, at the same time, it is very informative if you take the time to engage with the exhibits. For me, it is a real gem and I have never been anywhere quite like it.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Lucy-Ann P
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Lancing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Enjoyed peeping out at York from inside the Monk Bar”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Looking at the other reviews I think this attraction (and its co-museum, the Henry VII museum at Micklegate Bar) has been updated recently.

One of the best things for me was to see the Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar from the inside, after having viewed them from the outside and seen them all over the postcards.

On the top floor there was a 'horrible histories' video playing, but it was a few feet away from a big-screen video about Richard III's battles, and the two presentations were on at the same volume, so it was difficult to concentrate on either one.

Individually the displays and presentations were quite informative and interesting, but they seemed to jump backwards and forwards through different topics and different years, so it was all a bit of a jumble.

If you've got a few quid to spare and you're interested in York's walls and gates then this is worth a visit. But it seems to me like the museum is just there because they were looking for somewhere to put it. I don't really see a strong connection between the Monk Bar and Richard III. I think I would prefer to see something else there, like interactive displays on how castles and walls and forts were made, and the ways that they were defended. Monk Bar has a brilliant portcullis, and window slits, so maybe more info could be given about these. Better still, combine it with an art gallery or maybe host an exhibition of mechanical toys and automata. The mechanical pieces in the Minster looked very interesting - perhaps something like that would be suitable.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank K V
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

It was interesting to go into the gate and see the little rooms such as the prison cell and the toilet. Also had fun trying on some of the helmets! Lots of information around and some activities for kids too. Worth a look!

Visited April 2014
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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hugely disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We arrived full of enthusiasm, we're bitterly disappointed. Attendant disengaged, and made us feel that the whole experience was a waste of time. Anti Richard, and not forthcoming with positive information. Bearing in mind that the current interest in Richard is at the moment at is height, a great opportunity has been lost by York and the museum to maximise the current international interest has been missed. This is NOT a museum, but rather a primary school display. There are no artefacts, or historical documentation. A great opportunity missed. Please do something about it.

Visited November 2013
3 Thank Vicki059
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