Monk Bar
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Erected in the 14th century, this is the loftiest and strongest of the four gateways into the city of York.
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Built in the twelfth century, this four-story gatehouse is the tallest and most impressive of the four Bars of the York City Walls. Each of its four levels were themselves individual forts.
Written 27 April 2024
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nowpacking
Dallas, TX3,470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Dating to the 14th century, it remains one of the four historic entrances to York. Perfect place to take the stairs up and walk this section of the original walls for incredible views of the Minster and the city.
Written 11 July 2023
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We visited Monk Bar during our walk around the city walls of York, this gateway (as the name suggest), is near to the Minster and the wall walk from here to Bootham Bar gives some nice elevated views of the upper half of the cathedral. The impressive looking gateway dates back to a time when a city wall defended the city and these carefully guarded gateways controlled access to and from the city. It is possible to join the city wall walk here in either the clockwise or anticlockwise direction, though if you are passing when on the wall it is necessary to descend the stairs in one turret cross the road and then climb back up to the wall once more.
An information board is available here with text and pictures and this is also supplied with a QR code which you can scan with your smart phone for additional information.
Written 15 October 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Heading to the wonderful Keystones ( great real ale pubs ) I passed Monk Bar ,one of the six great gateways into the city of York.
Constructed during the reign of Richard III ,serving many purposes over the centuries including being a police station,prison and nowadays home to The a Richard III Experience ,it's one of the most recognisable landmark features of York ,since my last trip to York they've installed L.E.D lights on the famous bars ( gateways ) and the ones attached to Monk Bar are so beautiful ,very photogenic ,makes for some great photographic opportunists ,it's easy to locate along Lord mayors Walk leading onto Goodramgate
Written 13 March 2022
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Patricia H
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We stayed at 3 Monkbar Mews for 4 nights. The apartment was advertised as having 4 double bedrooms which was what we needed as our group comprised 2 single men 1 couple and 2 children, a boy and a girl. We were dismayed to discover on arrival only 3 bedrooms and a box room with only a travel cot in it. The owner was unhelpful and although he said he would bring around a camp bed did not. We had no extra bedding to use on the settees. It was a very difficult situation that became very stressful and has not been resolved satisfactorily. We were offered a paltry amount in compensation.
The appartement is tired and in need of refurbishment in places.
Written 23 February 2022
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,833 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Monk Bar is the largest and most ornate of the bars and probably my favourite. It dates from the early 14th century, a fortress, with each floor capable of being defended. On the front are holes where missiles and boiling water could be rained down upon attackers. Monk Bar has the city’s only working portcullis, in use until 1970 and like the other main gateways, Monk Bar originally had a barbican on the front but this was demolished in 1825. The rooms above were once used as a jail for rebellious Catholics in the 16th century.This is an amazing piece of history.
Written 8 December 2021
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futtock21
London, UK16,476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Monk Bar which marks the north-eastern entrance to York is the largest and most ornate structure on its city walls. Constructed in the early 14th century it has four self-contained storeys which have, over the centuries, been used as a jail for recalcitrant Catholics, a policeman’s home, but today a museum housing the Richard III experience. It has a working portcullis last lowered to mark Elisabeth II’s accession in 1953. The side bars were added in the 1820s. The main arch was widened for traffic in 1861.
Written 16 August 2021
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,501 contributions
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July 2021 • Friends
Love walking around the wonderful walls of York ,they're beautiful and offer stunning views of the city ,one of the most evocative gates is Monk Bar .
Although they look pretty nowadays do not be mistaken, back in the day these were constructed with the sole purpose of defending this city especially from the rampaging Scottish armies up in revolt at the time of their construction.
Constructed during the reign of Richard III , innovative features during the building of the gate such as the gated barbican,high walled enclosure, portcullis were there for the sole intention to inflict massive damage on attacking forces .
Over the years this gate house has served many purposes such as a prison and a police station ,it also houses the Richard III Experience exploring the influence of the Plantagenet Kings influence on the city of York, its most definite well worth checking out, my twin brother Stephen and I were visiting The Golden Slipper Pub, The Royal Oak Pub and The Keystones Pub and couldn't resist climbing up the stairs of the tower and taking in the great views afforded from the gate house looking down along Goodramgate, most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area or paying a visit to York.
Written 30 July 2021
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70ish
Worcester, UK2,115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
One of York's original gates this is easily the most impressive if you look up you can just see the portcullis which apparently still works and if you go in the Richard 3rd exhibition in the gate on the upper floor you can see the workings for lowering the portcullis
Written 31 January 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
In a city with some really good gateways ( bars ) without a shadow of a doubt Monk Bar is the most beautiful and impressive.
As pretty as it looks make mo mistake that when Monk Bar was first constructed its sole purpose was to defend the city from attack especially from the rampaging Scottish armies up in revolt.
A beautiful structure, its top floor was completed during the reign of Richard III ,this bar had many innovative features such as the gated barbican, the high walled enclosure that was without a roof,you can still view the portcullis with its operating machinery and if you look closely there are innumerable murder holes throughout the structure were all manner of projectiles could be dropped upon an approaching attacker ,add to this the high barbican towers and you have a very intimidating gateway indeed.
In it's time it's also been a prison and a police house but nowadays Monk Bar plays host to the Richard III Experience exploring the connection and influence of the last Plantagenet King of England and his influence on York.
As big real ale fans no trip to York would be complete without a visit to The Keystones Pub,The Golden Slipper Pub and The Black Horse Pub and The Old Oak Pub which are all only a stones throw from Monk Bar .
This gateway makes for some great photographic opportunities and if your planning a trip to York is most definitely well worth checking out.
Easy to locate along Lord Mayors Walk.
Written 10 November 2019
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