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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Ranked #27 of 135 Attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Cultural
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Owner 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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York, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had a children's party here and it was brilliantly organised. There were 15 children and they were all well entertained for 2 hours. The staff were very helpful and the educational value was just about right for children aged 6-7. Having visited Barley Hall separately, it is a must for visitors to York to see - a little Gem... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Great restoration of a medieval house. Lots of interesting facts about the history of York what it was like to live there. All helped by the fact they were written by the Horrible Histories writer, Terry Dreary.

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Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Restored and filled with recreation items it is a hands on step back in time. A little tricky to locate at first as it is hidden between streets. Audio guide is a must with descriptions an character stories. Horrible histories exhibit is a fun way of looking St the darker side. Being an old building with stairs an high thresholds... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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178 reviews 178 reviews
71 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
56 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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