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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Ranked #29 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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Invercargill, New Zealand
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157 reviews 157 reviews
58 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this attraction, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting York. The building is absolutely charming. The floor of the dining room is particularly stunning. There are many things to see and do in each room, and there is a 'horrible histories' theme which is particularly good for children, even though this big kid loved it... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It is so amazing that this building has survived and now fully restored to it's former authentic medieval glory. It's in a secluded location down a ginnel (alleyway) between Stonegate and the corner of Swinegate and Grape Lane (originally Grapc**t Lane in medieval times!). On entry you're offered a portable hand held device (not medieval!) that gives you historical detailed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
17 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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