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School visits to the Richard III Experience and the Henry VII Experience

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

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.
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.
Medieval Battles and Sieges
Explore the development of York’s fortifications and the tumultuous history of the city through this fun tour themed with activities. With a focus on the battles of the Wars of the Roses and their impact on city life, the tour will encourage students to look at weapons, architecture and strategies in battle and siege.
Crime and Punishment
Find out how York’s lawbreakers were dealt with in medieval and Tudor times in the forbidding surroundings of Micklegate Bar. where traitors’ heads were displayed in years gone by. Decide if the punishment fitted the crime as you explore justice in the medieval city, where King, Church, Sheriff and Mayor all had a say!


Note to Teachers
Due to an increase in demand we recommend that teachers book visits at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the perfect experience for your school. Find out more about visiting by signing up to our Learning mailing list.