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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Ranked #32 of 133 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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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We have been dropping into Barley hall on & off for a few years (we are local). It's a great place hidden in the backstreets of York. With lots of activities during the year there is always something fun going on. My 7 year old loves this place so much she had her birthday party here (dec 2013) I thought... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Part of the Jorvik 5 attraction family pass for £48. Worth a visit to see this old house plus the horrible histories part great for the kids. Also little fingers can wonder without a problem. Tucked away off Stonegate easily missed.

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Barley Hall is a lovely old historical hall - the downstairs tells you what life was like in its original times so great for history teaching. Upstairs they had a special Horrible Histories exhibition on Health and Disease. We could have spend a lot longer there - well worth a visit.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

All the years we have been visiting York, coming at least once a year and we have never visited this attraction before or known about it. We only found out about this attraction after we visited the Jorvik centre and on our way out heading to the gift shop we saw a poster regarding Horrible Histories display at Barley Hall.... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed this. It was very informative about the medieval age without being boring. It was very 'hands on' there wasn't any DO NOT TOUCH signs which is good. There were games and activities for kids as well. I would definitely return.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Hidden away but well worth a visit full of medieval history all laid out how it would of been all them years ago! it doesn't take that long to complete it but if you feel you've missed something you can re use your ticket it's valid for 12months after purchase, volunteers are in traditional dress and are only to pleased... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We have walked past this quaint building many many times but never ventured in, till now. Very well laid out and presented. Very friendly staff who are very knowledgeable and helpful (thank you to the young chap during our chat about the leper victim!) Also as a huge fan of Horrible Histories, it was a bonus to see items related... More

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Brechin, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is amazing, I expected the be there an hour but it was well over two and I could of stayed longer! It's so child friendly it's fantastic, it's very hands on and they're encouraged to touch, sniff, listen, try thing on and ask questions, there's so much to keep them amused I was very impressed. We learnt an... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We went with friends and children from 6 to 16 years old and this place kept all of our attention. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and more than happy to chat about what it was like to live in those times. It's tucked away down a side street but is definitely worth a visit.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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74 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Cleverly arranged so that you get glimpses from the street through glass walls, Barley Hall is another view of the history of York. Well worth the visit.

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