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10/07/2014

News Release - Issued by The JORVIK Group

Knights at night for Richard III Experience

With the York Walls being one of the busiest venues for visitors after most of the attractions in the city have closed for the evening, the Richard III Experience is set to give the evening economy another boost by offering late night opening throughout July and August.

The royal-themed visitor attraction, which opened at Easter, is located in Monk Bar. The attraction, which explores the influence that Richard III had on the city of York, is extending its opening hours, welcoming visitors until 8.00pm each evening.

“As the city’s retail businesses close for the day, there are still many visitors wandering around the city looking for something interesting to do before they head out for dinner, and many of these visitors enjoy the summer evenings walking along the walls,” comments Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for the JORVIK Group, which runs the Richard III Experience, and its sister attraction in Micklegate Bar, the Henry VII Experience. “At a time when most other visitor attractions are closed, we’ll be welcoming them in this superb historic gateway to explore one of the hottest stories in history – the much maligned Richard III.”

Included in the exhibitions are hands-on games and activities for children, including a medieval-style tent on the top floor, audio-visual displays explaining Richard III’s involvement with the city, and a full set of armour showing how Richard would have looked as he rode into his last, fatal, battle at Bosworth. Visitors can also try on a number of helmets from the period, and see some of the weapons used in the 15thcentury.

The offer is not only open to visitors to the city; York residents who want to visit after 5.00pm can gain discounted entry of just £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children with a YorkCard or other proof of residence. Normal admission prices are £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and £2.00 for children.

For more information, please visit www.richardiiiexperience.com.

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Notes to Editors

The Richard III Experience is located on the former site of the Richard III Museum which was run for over 20 years by Mike Bennett before his death in 2014. The attraction has been re-developed and is now part of the JORVIK Group of Attractions and twinned with the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar.
The JORVIK Group of attractions comprises:
JORVIK Viking Centre, which celebrates its 30thanniversary in 2014
DIG
Barley Hall
The Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar
The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
The JORVIK Group is owned by York Archaeological Trust, an independent charity which investigates the past for the benefit of present communities and future generations. More information on all the JORVIK Group: www.thejorvikgroup.com

For further media information or photographs, please contact:

Jay Commins or Samantha Orange

Pyper York Limited
Tel: 01904 500698
Email: jay@pyperyork.co.uk or sam@pyperyork.co.uk