The name Micklegate comes from Mykill (great) and gata (street).
Situated on the route of York’s famous walls walk, Micklegate Bar has stood sentinel to the city for over 800 years. Visit the ancient gateway to explore the pageantry and barbaric history that has unfolded between these walls through the centuries, from the creators of JORVIK Viking Centre.
Learn how the Ring of Stone, the city’s walls, has helped to protect York from invasion, and its lasting effect on the development of the city over the centuries.
Explore Life in the Bar
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.
Experience the Clash of Steel
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.
Understand the Ring of Steel, the story of the famous battles, uprisings and revolutions witnessed by York and its surroundings.
York Archaeological Trust refurbished and reopened the Micklegate Bar Museum in Spring 2010.