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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Ranked #28 of 132 Attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, History Museums
Description: Restored 15th-century town house that re-creates a medieval household filled with period furniture, pottery, tiles and wall hangings.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

This attraction is well worth visiting for those who appreciate history.It gives an amazing insight into life in a household during medieval times - rather like stepping back in time. The displays are excellent and informative, certainly enriching my knowledge about this period in English history.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

hidden away down a back street, the history of the building is amazing, the information around the place is great, probably best if you go here first then the Jarvik centre though

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This wonderful little attraction is well worth a visit. We thought it was far better value than Jorvik, and far better presented, one for those who like to see and imagine their history, rather than having it presented by shouty commentaries or rather dated displays. They even encourage you to touch the furniture! Excellent information boards and a very friendly... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

York Pass visit. Great value 1/2/3 day pass available. Before you ask I do not work for York Pass, I just bought and used the Pass during my visit. This museum was a hidden gem in the side streets of York. We enjoyed our visit, price a little high at £5.50, but worth it with the Pass. All the items... More

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85 reviews 85 reviews
48 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What a surprise! After visiting the York Castle Museum, this gave a different perspective to British Cultural History. An interactive museum giving a very vivid picture of life in Britain during its most unhealthy period. Through models and information boards, it simply gives the realistic facts of what life was like in Medieval times. Makes one grateful for modern medicine.... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

We visited on 20th September. We were not disappointed (actually better than we thought). So much history in such a small area. Our favourite part was upstairs near the grim reeper display. The place also had a brilliant gift shop and was easy to find with nice staff. I would reccomend this place to visit,we will be returning.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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160 reviews 160 reviews
60 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

What a treasure for York to have this hands on and interactive place for visitors. It is tucked away but there is always something a little different to make repeat visits worthwhile. I think the York card is a good way to get best value to the many attractions in York.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A pleasurable li'l Medieval building tucked away nicely down Stonegate! Once a Medieval hall, now a Museum, featuring the daily life and history of Medieval York! A educational place to take the kids on a weekend! And great for those Horrible Histories fans and student historians! And handy of you want to do research for history homework! I like the... More

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Keith, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Came across this and having a York Pass gives you free entry. I'm not interested in medieval History but thought have a look. I only wish I went earlier in the day to visit as it closed at 5 pm and only managed 3/4 hour. So interesting and to think its all been reconstructed by medieval methods etc absolutely amazing.!... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

If you have kids who like Horrible Histories get them to Barley Hall asap - they have done a great exhibition upstairs on the Plague and aspects of healthcare back in the day. It's great for adults too and smells utterly amazing thanks to the endless bowls of the various herbs and spices - all real and all there to... More

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