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"Richard III Museum at Monk Bar" Monk Bar - Richard III Experience Tip by zadunajska8

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

  Monk Bar & Richard III Museum
by zadunajska8

We found the Richard III museum inside the Monkbar of York City walls whilst doing the walk along the walls. It was only £2.50 for admission and so we decided to have a look inside and were delighted to discover that in fact it is included in teh Yorkshire Pass and so cost us nothing on top of what we had already paid for the pass.

The museum is clearly run on a tight budget and doesn't have display cases of many precious objects from the pass, instead it uses written displys to present the case for and against Richard III as one of our most maligned monarchs. Most people will find out much more about this king than they ever would have picked up from school or the TV and you are left doubting the accepted story of Richard as some deranged, deformed, homicidal maniac.

The room 1 floor up from the entrance has a model of King Richard in the dock and a recording presents a mock trial with some supporting evidence displayed around the room. This is a bit quirky and a bit cheesy but also interesting. You also get to vote upon who you think killed the princes in the tower before you leave. I had been convinced that Henry Tudor (Henry VII) was a far more likely candidate than Richard, although my partner was less convinced.

It is a relatively cheap and ammateur museum, but what can you expect for £2.50? It does present much more information however than some of the flashy attractions in York such as Jorvik. You'll get more history per pound here!

Address: Monk Bar, York, YO1 2LH
Phone: +oo 44 (0)1904 615505

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 5, 2011
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