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"Monk Bar" Monk Bar - Richard III Experience Tip by Tom_Fields

Monk Bar - Richard III Experience, York: 24 reviews and 54 photos

  Monk Bar, seen from Goodramgate
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  • Monk Bar, seen from Goodramgate - York
      Monk Bar, seen from Goodramgate
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  • Monk Bar, viewed from the wall - York
      Monk Bar, viewed from the wall
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Now the really BIG question: Did King Richard III actually murder the two young princes left in his charge? These two boys, Edward Prince of Wales and Richard Duke of York, were in his care, at the Tower of London, when they disappeared. In the 1930s, their skeletons were accidentally discovered by workers who were performing some maintenance on the Tower. Many, including Shakespeare, blame Richard III. But others disagree.

The King was from York. Here, at Monk Bar, is a museum that tells his story--and allows you, the visitor, to judge whether he's guilty or not. History's ultimate verdict will probably remain deeply controversial. In any case, this modest museum is one of York's most intriguing places to visit. Put aside your preconceived notions, and just consider the facts.

Don't forget to examine the bar itself, Monk Bar is the tallest and most elaborate, with a working portcullis (door), last lowered in 1953. It dates to the 14th century. If you visit only one of York's bars, make it this one.

Address: Monk Bar, York, YO17LQ
Directions: Along the northwestern part of the city walls. Goodramgate runs beneath it.
Phone: 44 (0) 1904 634191

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 26, 2006
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