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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
44-1904-610275
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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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Knutsford
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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hartlepool
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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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Tucked away between Stonegate and Grape Lane in York, this mediaeval hall was hidden behind a more modern facade for centuries, somehow escaping attention before being discovered in the late 1980s. Now very well restored, it provides a fascinating look into York life (and death, specifically the black death) back when the hall was built, with some "horrible histories" type... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We went to the Richard lll experience and the chap on the door (very nice man, very helpful too. Think his name was Paul) told us about Barley Hall and said that if we bought tickets for both attractions we would get a discount. Richard lll experience was ok but Barley Hall was brilliant. A little tricky to find but... More

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