Kings and Queens known to have visited York

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York is a great place for a day trip or short stay. With lots of museums, restaurants, and pubs to explore.  

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King Henry VIII & Catherine Howard.

Henry VIII and his queen Catherine Howard visited York in 1541 Henry was angry about the part York had played in an uprising against his plans to close the monasteries and take their money and buildings for his own use.

This uprising was called the pilgrimage of grace. The people who governed York were worried because Henry had already executed the leader of the pilgrimage of grace and they didn’t want to end up in the same way. So, what did they do?

They waited on their knees for the king and Queen, and when Henry and Catherine arrived the governors of York gave the couple a goblet full of money each.

The royal couple stayed in the building we now call the Kings Manor next door to York art gallery. This house had a rose garden. This is where Catherine Howard (Henry’s fifth wife) and Thomas Culpepper had an affair.

And yes the Queen was executed one year later.

King Richard III.

Before Richard became King he visited York as many as six times a year.

Even when he became King Richard III of England he found time to visit York where he was very popular with the people. In 1483 King Richard III invested his son as Prince of Wales in the archbishop’s palace in the grounds of York Minster.

Part of the palace is still standing now used as the Minster library and has a brass plaque on the wall to remember the occasion. Monkbar one of the medieval gates in to the city has a small museum called the Richard III museum.

King Charles I and his family.

In 1642 King Charles I and his family spent six months in York staying at Sir Arthur Ingram’s house in Deans Park behind York Minster.

This was a house fit for a king with a tennis court, fishpond and bowling green.

King Charles I had visited York in 1633 when he stayed at Kings Manor.

Charles also visited a house near the bottom of York’s most famous street The Shambles. The house is on Pavement and is called Herbert House. King Charles and his friend Sir Thomas Herbert dined here in 1639.

When Kings Queens and Princess’s came to York where did they stay?

Henry VIII and his queen Catherine Howard Stayed at Kings Manor near York art gallery.

King Charles I stayed at Kings Manor and later at Sir Arthur Ingram’s house, Ingram’s house was very close to York Minster but is now gone.

King Richard III Stayed at the now demolished Augustinian friary in Lendal. And the medieval Archbishops palace in the grounds of York Minster some of which still remains.

Queen Philippa and King Edward III Stayed at York Castle, or a Franciscan friary that was near Clifford’s Tower, and also at the medieval Archbishops Palace near York Minster.

Henry III Edward I Edward II and Edward III All stayed at York castle.

Sometimes York residents such as Sir Arthur Ingram would volunteer to look after the visiting royals.

Princess Margaret’s Arch.

If you come out of York Art Gallery and look right you see Kings Manor possibly the best looking building in York. If you look left you see an arch in a wall that once surrounded St. Mary’s Abbey.

In 1503 Princess Margaret, sister of King Henry VIII, stayed in York on her way to Scotland to marry King James IV of Scotland. This entrance was used by Princess Margaret and so it became known as Princess Margaret’s Arch.

What can you see today?

You can see Clifford’s Tower its the keep from York Castle. Kings stayed here from as early as 1251 and possibly earlier. Clifford’s Tower is expensive, even for a York Explorer, but it does give you a bids eye view of York.

you can walk down Micklegate Bar The gateway traditionally used by royals to enter the city.

You can view the exterior of Kings Manor. King Henry VIII took this building from St. Mary’s Abbey. It was previously used as the Abbot’s house and when you see Kings Manor you’ll see why Henry wanted it.

And you can see the medieval Archbishops Palace near York Minster. Now the Minster library