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Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

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Address: Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ, England
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+44 1904 615505

Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England ruled for two years from...

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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Good place for a short visit

Only small but very interesting and well done.We did this experience and then walked around the city wall and did the same at the Henry 7th sister exhibition in one morning. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Access to the first floor Reception Shop is either from the Wall Walk or via a steep, narrow staircase from street level. The staircase continues to the second and third floors, so mobility can be an issue. However, the effort is well worth it as the displays explore the history of the War of the Roses with coverage of the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since the York Archaeological Trust took over this museum it has ceased to be an uncritical eulogy on Richard III and has became an interesting and rounded view of his life and times, as well as an opportunity to see the inside of Monk Bar

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Only small but very interesting and well done.We did this experience and then walked around the city wall and did the same at the Henry 7th sister exhibition in one morning. I wonder just how the small exhibition can cope with higher numbers of people.There is a high chance of over crowding in such a tight space

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely building full of history. Accessed by very steep narrow steps. There is a gift shop. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The attraction is set across 2 floors. The second set of steps to the top floor are very narrow so I did not venture up as I have terrible vertigo. The attraction is great if you want... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Every corner has it's own history. On the 3rd floor you'll find your knight in shining armor, ladies, but he's a hard guy to get.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We visited as part of a joint ticket with Barley Hall and Henry VII museums. It was a small museum and didn't take us long to look round. However, the exhibits were interesting and informative. The 30 min video was also worth a watch. As with many historic buildings there were tight, narrow staircases which would be a problem for... More 

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We popped into the museum whilst walking along the city walls. Although rather small it was interesting and had some nice interactive features. Ticket price also gets you into the Henry VII museum further along the city walls. Well worth the time to pop in and have a look if you're passing

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

As a member of the Richard 111 Society I was really looking forward to seeing this. It's quite good, but not outstanding. I thought the references to all the recent discoveries which have had a positive impact on our understanding of the King were rather glossed over, as if whoever wrote the displays deep down still believed Shaskespeare.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Much the same as other reviews. Narrow and steep stairs. Content is interesting, but not time consuming. Ask for a ticket just to see this museum, as its partner one at Micklegate will take most tourists an hour return walk out of your way from key centre attractions. They don't advertise the price for just visiting this one, so you... More 

Thank El S
York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

M and I rushed round here with some family almost a year ago and decided after 'we must go back and read everything properly'. So this week we did, and visited both the Richard III Museum at Monk Bar and the Henry VII Museum at Micklegate Bar. We bought the 'Medieval Pass' for £8 each, which has entry to both... More 

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