A visit to the Richard III Experience at Monk bar and the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar is designed to help your pupils get a glimpse of life in England during the Wars of the Roses and the reigns of these two famous kings.
School group dressed in medieval clothing at Barley Hall, York. Part of the JORVIK Group

Updated Booking Process

Please note: Due to an increase in demand we are recommending booking your visit at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the perfect experience for your school. For more information please visit the updated school visit booking process page.


Standing for hundreds of years as gateways to the city, Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar are ideal settings for a tale of battles and glory. Tour the fortified gatehouses and learn about the grisly history of the Bars, the royalty who passed through and the traitors whose heads were displayed.


Follow the story of the struggle for the crown faced by Richard III and Henry VII in the Wars of the Roses. Your pupils can learn about each king’s ambitions, actions and the impact they had on the medieval city of York.


Your tour of the Richard III Experience or the Henry VII Experience will be hosted by a medieval guide, who will encourage your students to apply problem solving and creative thinking to enhance their understand of the past. The second part of your visit will include themed medieval activities: Medieval Battles and Sieges at the Richard III Experience and Crime and Punishment at the Henry VII Experience.

JORVIK Group Learning Programme 2018/19