Micklegate Bar Museum

Overview

As York's most important gateway, the bar has served a number of important roles since its construction in the 12th century, including being the main point of entry through which a reigning monarch enters the city. Explore the pageantry and barbaric history that has unfolded between these walls through the centuries. Micklegate Bar was not only a gateway to the city but also a home to many families until 1918. The stories of residents are brought alive in this fascinating exhibition, giving you a real sense of what it was like to live in this historic building. However, it was not just the living that occupied Micklegate Bar; the heads of traitors and tyrants from across York's history were displayed here after execution for all of York to see. Delve into York's bloody history and battles that inflamed the city and the surrounding countryside, from the Viking invasions to the English Civil War. Discover how national rebellions and uprisings affected the city and whose head's final resting place was a stake on top of Micklegate Bar.
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