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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
44-1904-610275
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Ranked #30 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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London
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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 NEW

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
33 helpful votes 33 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
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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18 helpful votes 18 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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9 reviews 9 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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Belfast
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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