* Fully open from Sept 1 Discover the history of England's oldest living convent- York's best kept secret since 1686. Discover York's fascinating religious history and how the convent survived times of turmoil, persecution and two world wars in our fascinating exhibiton and stunning 18th century Hidden Chapel. Hear the incredible stories of the Yorkshire martyr Margaret Clitherow, the radical pioneer of women's religious orders and education, Mary Ward, and about the followers of Mary Ward, the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus, who still live in the convent today. Our wonderful cafe serves award-winning breakfasts, light lunches and some of the best cakes and scones in York- on warmer days, don't miss the opportunity to dine in our tranquil private gardens. Did you know you can stay here? For an unforgettable and unique experience, enjoy a break in our guest house, ideally located close to York railway station and at the foot of Micklegate Bar Walls.