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Address: 2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 610275
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of...

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. The building has been lovingly restored to its original splendour with its high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.

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Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII is Barley Hall's newest exhibition, where you can discover first-hand accounts of life in the city and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty-eight year reign.

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Our alternative to the closed Treasurer's House

Pleasantly surprised at this very interesting renovation building right in the middle of the old town. We enjoyed our visit very much.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A superbly restored medieval townhouse in the centre of York. It's a great representation of what life was like in the 1400s - there's enough information that it's of interest to adults, whilst also being great fun for children as there's clothes to dress up in and stuff that can be touched. The Christmas exhibition is well worth a visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff obviously love the building they work in and sharing its history with visitors. The restorers have chosen a point in time to recreate with public and private spaces. Lots of interesting artifacts. Good place to bring children as the artifacts are touchable (touching is encouraged).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Pleasantly surprised at this very interesting renovation building right in the middle of the old town. We enjoyed our visit very much.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

This again was a extraordinary building which gave you an insight into the lives of those in the past. There were plaques with text to read giving lots of information relating to Henry VIII and the lives of those around him. There were also costumes on show from the TV production 'Wolf Hall'. It was a delight for children with... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is a very interesting addition to the tourist attractions in the city, so close to the Minster (just a few steps down Stonegate and on your left there is a little alley with a sign - easily missed so best to find Betty's Tearooms on Stonegate, the alley is right opposite). What a great restoration of a medieval townhouse... More 

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Visited Barley Hall not knowing exactly what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Got a good feel for life in York centuries ago. Accessible at no additional cost with York Pass.

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This is tucked down a little alleyway near 'ye olde starts inne' and we came across it by chance. For me, the best bit about this house is the display of costumes from 'Wolf Hall' but I'm assuming this is a temporary exhibition. The rooms are interesting and there's a huge amount of information on Tudor England and the impact... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This hall has been restored to medieval splendour, so take a step back in time. It is beautiful and should be on any visitor's itinerary to visit. For a small fee you can enjoy how life in a well set-up house was in times past. Great for adults and children alike.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Tucked in amongst little roads and alleys in the heart of the old town, it's easy to miss. Restored Medievil Priory was interesting, but only needs 45 minutes to see it all. Lots of interactive activities for children, but for adults, perhaps a fill in venue between big draw cards in the area.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

What a find. This building had been painstakingly renovated and Gives a real feel of medieval life. The real bonus was to see some of the costumes from Wolf Hall. The guides are knowledgable and friendly. There is no rush and plentry of place to sit and absorb the surroundings. This visit is not suitable for those with mobility problems... More 

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