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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Ranked #31 of 131 attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Buntingford, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This venue was included as part of a multi venue ticket we purchased. It had a large area dealing with the plague and other nastier sides of history which my five year old loved. I would say the venue takes around an hour to complete depending of how much of the material and other interactive displays. Not as comprehensive as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We got married at Barley Hall in November 13 and it was magical. The staff are lovely, so friendly and helpful. The whole attraction is interesting and fun. We enjoyed reading about the plague doctors and queen Liz 1st. Worth visiting. For all ages.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We visited barley hall last weekend, it took a little bit of finding but we found it very interesting once inside, my advice is not to rush around but go from room to room and read the information provided. The hall is not very good for disabled people as there are stairs to climb and as far as I could... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This isn't a huge attraction but it has much more to offer than Jorvic (which we found deeply disappointing) and everything was so beautifully presented. The recreations are authentic and beautifully detailed just as the originals would be. Best of all you can touch them all, from the gowns to the tapestries to the furnishings. It's a lovely exhibition, especially... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Attended as a part of attraction passport but received a warm welcome with a please feel free to touch everything and ask questions and all areas accessible. Interesting for adults and children if you like Medieval history or old style buildings and artefacts. The girls loved the horrible histories displays and the opportunity to touch and smell items and get... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Found the site by chance - but glad I did! Spent a full morning getting involved in the historical uses of herbs and spices for different medicinal purposes string the medieval period. There was enough to keep the 2 boys (12 & 9yrs) occupied - and myself. Well worth a visit.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

With a display by Terry Deary this is great for kids and adults alike. The hall is only small but took us an hour to work our way round. Medieval disease and smells make up the display. The smells were particularly popular! A good way to amuse the kids young and old. Recommended

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Absolutely brilliant - the displays are hands-on and interesting, the volunteers are friendly and informative, it's cheap as chips, and Terry Deary's narrative is spot on. 100% recommended.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Barley Hall is an interesting medieval house, which was hidden until 1980 under a modern facade of a derelict building. parts of the hall date back to 1360. The trust that owns the hall has successfully tried to re-create the period. Although fairly small it is packed with historical information which I found fascinating. A lot of myth busting too.... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I loved my visit to Barley Hall as I love the medieval times. This is a great place to visit if you have spare hour or so. We visited on New Year’s Day so it was relatively quiet. As I know York quite well I found this place with ease but understand why you could miss this little gem. This... More

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