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King Richard III & York

Richard IIIRichard III (1452-1485) had close connections to York, and visited York several times during his reign, staying for three weeks in 1483. As a young prince he was crowned the Prince of Wales at the Archbishop’s Palace just behind the Minster.

He even planned to be buried at York Minster. The recent discovery and confirmation of his remains has prompted his living descendants to request a York burial for the 15th century King. Stephen Nicolay, the 16th great-grandson of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York (father of Richard III) said: “York and the county of Yorkshire was, and remains, the physical and spiritual home of King Richard III.”

Richard III Museum York

Monk Bar YorkLocated less than 5mins walk from Monkgate Guest Accommodation is the Richard III Museum situated in York’s tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse – Monk Bar.

Monk Bar dates from the early 14th century. It was a self-contained fortress, with each floor capable of being defended. There are three rooms in all, the uppermost is said to have been added by King Richard himself in 1484.

In 1992 it was decided to convert Monk Bar into the Richard III Museum, in honour of the King many felt had been unjustly maligned by historians.

Opening times:

  • March – Oct : 9am – 5pm
  • Mid Jul – Mid Sep : 9am – 8pm
  • Nov – Feb : 9:30am – 4pm