Discover Richard III

Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England ruled for two years from 1483 to 1485.

His short reign was marked by controversy, rebellion and challenges to his throne which led to his Richard III Portrait - Courtesy of National Portrait Gallerydeath at the Battle of Bosworth aged 33 years of age.

Find out about his early life as his brother, Edward IV struggled for the throne of England with Henry VI; see arms and armour from his reign and enjoy multimedia presentations about the key battles of the Wars of the Roses.

Children can get involved in our special medieval camp featuring the gruesome bits Richard’s history provided by ‘Horrible Histories’ author, Terry Deary.

Find out more about Richard life and reign by following his timeline.

Explore one of the major gateways to the city – Monk Bar

Monk Bar is one of four major fortified gateways on York’s city walls. It was built in several stages, beginning in the early 14th century, when the threat from a hostile Scotland was particularly great. Its top storey was added in 1484 during the reign of Richard III.

Experience the 15th century city of York

Richard III maintained close connections with York throughout his short reign and visited the city several times. Just after his coronation in 1483, he stayed for three weeks, during which time the King enjoyed pageants, plays and feasting. The highlight of this visit was the investiture of his son, Edward, as the Prince of Wales at the Archbishop’s Palace.

You can find out more about York in the time of Richard III here.