Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar
The Henry VII Experience is designed to be self-guided, and entry is included with select York sightseeing passes. Book admission in advance or pay at the door: general admission includes access to both the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar and the Richard III Experience at Monk Bar, a companion attraction chronicling the rule of Henry VII’s predecessor. History enthusiasts can opt for multi-attraction tickets that include entry to the Richard III and Henry VII experiences as well as other history-themed attractions in York such as Barley Hall and Jorvik Viking Centre.
Things to know before you go
- Visit the Richard III Experience before the Henry VII Experience for a greater understanding of the events that preceded Henry VII’s ascension to the throne.
- With uneven floors and narrow stairs, the Henry VII Experience is neither stroller- nor wheelchair-accessible.
- There are no restrooms at the site, though public facilities can be found nearby at the Nunnery Lane parking lot.
How to get there
The Henry VII Experience is situated at the southwest edge of York’s city walls, near the York train station. The nearest parking lot is at Nunnery Lane, a 5-minute walk away. Several bus services—including the 1, 5, and 5A—stop nearby.
When to get there
The Henry VII Experience opens daily. Weekends are generally busier than midweek. Go midweek for a quieter visit.
Micklegate Bar is one of four main gateways that punctuate the city’s walls and has long served as the royal entrance to York. Over the centuries, various British monarchs have passed through this gateway, from Henry VII in 1486 to Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.