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Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

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Address: Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, England
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+44 1904 615505

Discover Henry VII

Henry VII was the first Tudor King of England who ruled...

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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More informative than the Richard iii one!

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... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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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 Lancastrian. The displays in the museum, such as they are, consist of uninteresting text boards... More 

Thank Dohfar
Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 a lot to look at. Maybe we got it wrong and should have visited the... More 

Thank tracey t
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 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
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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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
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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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 to do. Be aware the steps up to the 2 museum rooms are steep.

Thank Steve-and-Andie
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Informative and there for all ages! No patronising information, which you can often find in museums. Just good, informative displays. We love being able to try on the helmets!! Loved all the Jorvik museums. A great day out!!

Thank Melanie A
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Just around the corner from York Brewery and also included on our York Pass for free entry. This was actually quite interesting. On 3 floors but only one room per floor. Lots of information to read. Some dress up for the kids. Lots of stairs tho. Glad I went. Normal £5 entry.

Thank Michelle L
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely little museum in the Micklegate bar. It tells Henry VII's story in a way that is accessible to adults and children alike. We had a wonderful overview before we headed upstairs. I would thoroughly recommend.

Thank Julie the musketeer
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The displays are well done, the place is clean and warm even on a very cold wet January day. However: some agility is required to negotiate the stairs, and the display organisation is a bit jumbled- hard to follow in time sequence.

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Found this while walking the walls... cheap to enter, small place on 3 floors and youngsters encouraged to try everything out and on! Staff very knowledgeable and friendly, so set the scene before you go upstairs. We carried pushchair up stairs and they stored it no problem

Thank Hernehiller

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