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Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, England
+44 1904 615505
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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.
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Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, England
+44 1904 615505
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit to this attraction was limited as they were doing renovation work on the top floor, so we really only saw one room. The attraction was free since we had purchased a york pass, which was well worth it, so we went in. Even...More

Thank drwiz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just like the Richard The Third Experience, this was totally fun for families with kids, the guides tell you a story all about the History of the area, from the present Tower to the Wall around York, there is dressing up for the kids in...More

Thank lmojdehi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is located at one of the gates through the city walls. It is on the City Sightseeing Tour bus route and entry is included in the York Pass. The museum is accessed via steep steps and although small is located over several floors...More

Thank Keith J
Reviewed 18 June 2017

This museum is located at the southern gatehouse of the city wall of York. It explores the early life of Henry VII as a Lancastrian in exile, his reign as King after the War of the Roses, and the impact of a Tudor dynasty on...More

Thank nellielim
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This museum was part of my York Pass so as I was walking on that section of the walls again, I popped in. Very small, two floors and consists mostly of reading panels that seem to be a bit repetitive. There is a child's section...More

Thank JojoMKW
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This is a very small museum, housed in one of the historic gatehouses on York's city walls. I found the whole thing rather puzzling. My understanding is that Henry VII had no particular link to York; he visited once or twice, but was actually a...More

Thank Dohfar
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Not impressed. Best thing was the informative and engaging staff! We were so disappointed with the first we didn't bother with the other and considering I am a history nut that's saying something. The fireplace was fake, as were the other so called artefacts. Not...More

Thank tracey t
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Okay for a short stop between attractions. Limited interest. Not much to see. Not suitable for less able visitors as steep stairs.

Thank Lindyl0057
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Nice little museum in the walls on micklegate with some interesting and detailed stuff on Henry vii if you didn't know much before . Friendly staff too, for some reason more interesting than the Richard iii one on the other side of the walls!

Thank Alison23lufbra
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Nice little museum at Micklegate Bar. Visited using our Medieval Pass which included entry to Richard III Experience at Monk Bar and Barley Hall. A few hands on things as well as numerous information boards with a timeline through Henry's life. Also things for kids...More

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Response from bellabubble | Reviewed this property |
I would say about an hour or 2 if you go to both museums and read all the info. Still lots of things to see inside them both