Educational Visits at Richard III and Henry VII Experiences

Micklegate Bar is part of York’s famous walls that have encircled the city and defended it against its enemies for centuries. As well as being part of York’s defences, the Bar was an important ceremonial gateway, the last glimpse of the city for condemned criminals on their way to the gallows on the Knavesmire, and a place where the heads of some of the kingdom’s most notorious traitors were displayed.

The Experience

Your visit to either the Richard III Experience or the Henry VII Experience will include a guided tour of the Bar by a medieval guide, who will encourage your students to apply problem solving and creative thinking to enhance their understanding 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.

Whether you are a teacher at Key Stage 2 looking to study Crime or Warfare as a theme in British history that extends beyond 1066, or a Key Stage 3 teacher looking to engage your students with the final events during the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, our cross-curricular activities have been designed with your needs in mind.


Visits to the Richard III Experience or the Henry VII Experience can be upgraded to include a visit combining both attractions, or a visit to our sister attraction, Barley Hall, with its series of specially designed workshops.

To book or upgrade your visit, please call our Reservations Department on 01904 615505 or email