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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Ranked #30 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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited here (2 children (9 & 12) & 2 adults) not expecting much but as we'd bought the Past-Port which gets access to a range of attractions including Barley Hall we stopped in to get our money's worth and were pleasantly surprised. The house is not that big and if you're cursed with visiting at the same time as... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Visited here with Tesco Clubcard deals, so it cost us £1! My degree was in medieval history, and this is a great resource for the period for adults and children alike. A beautifully restored building with lots to touch, smell etc. The current exhibition on the plague and illness in the medieval period, including the Grim Reaper and a syphilitic... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a cute little gem, hidden away in the Shambles. Well worth visiting, if only to marvel at how the building survived!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Easy to find little museum, very interactive in all rooms where you can touch and smell all different kinds of artifacts. The Grand Hall is what it says Grand! well worth a look for adults and children.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our daughter, who is nearly 2, loved Barley Hall. Everything is hands on which was fantastic. She could dress up, play with old fashioned toys and smell and grind spices like an apothecary. There were lots of interesting things for the adults to look at and read too. It was reasonably priced, especially since we did the joint ticket with... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Pretty hard to find, just ok if you want to get out of the rain! Could be made more interesting if the guides talked you through it. Lots of waxworks and loads of boards full of writing, if you enjoy reading reams of notes then you might enjoy the experience. Would not visit again.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A first visit for us it was good to be allowed to interact with the exibits. It manages to teach a lot of facts in a fun way -- along the lines of Horrible Histories - & we heard lots of shrieks & laughter from children as we went round. Children, especially around 7 years upward would enjoy this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Excellent little break from the hustle and bustle of Stonegate. Located down a little snickelway out of the way but big on character. Vast amount of information that doesn't bore you. Enjoyed the horrible histories part, the kids would love this!

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I'm not sure you would notice Barley Hall unless you knew it was there because it is hidden in an alley and we had walked past several times without realising there was an attraction here. We purchased the York pass and after visiting the big hitters we started using the pass for the middle tier, and saw Barley Hall on... More

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103 reviews 103 reviews
13 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

After reading the reviews we were looking forward to visiting here...well we were very disappointed. Its a house down an alley with different rooms and lots of written info on the walls.The props are substandard and if it wasnt for the young girl in the Great Hall whom gave us a terrific amount of info i would have only marked... More

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