Discover Henry VII

Portrait of Henry VII. Courtesy of National Portrait GalleryHenry 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.

You can find out more about York in the time of Henry VII here.