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Review of Barley Hall

Barley Hall
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$54.27*
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #29 of 211 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. NEW FOR 2016/17 Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall. Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII. Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation. Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriage leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome. Cromwell’s rise and fall was swift, with his execution taking place on the day of Henry’s wedding to his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, so experience the majesty of six of the costumes used in the series and make yourself at home at Barley Hall.
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Thankfully saved from institutional vandalism and demolition this little hidden gem offers insight into York's medieval past and the lives of it's citizens.

Thank teresa w
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Hidden within the Shambles of York is Barley Hall. This was a great hidden treasure. If our tour guide had not pointed it out to us we would have never known it was hidden behind the main streets of the Shambles. Another great place to visit if you love history. Barley Hall also has a lot of interactive activities aimed at children. We loved the front entry hall and that we were able to have photos taken within the displays. There are some stairs to climb within the building, so be prepared for that. This attraction is combined in the York historical tourism ticket (Barley hall, Jorvik, and Mickelgate bar) so visit all three to receive discounted entry, with free re-entry for 12 months following purchase date.

Thank laurenwillow
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We struggled to find the sign to the Hall as the building is hidden away from the main streets. This is probably how it survived.
It was very quiet inside and we were the only visitors but the staff were most helpful. It is heavy restored but thank goodness the Trust saved this building.
There was a Horrible Histories exhibition upstairs which suited the buildings age.
It has been beautifully restored and is a real gem, shame we were alone viewing it.

Thank GarryFK
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Bring your kids, it's horrible histories for real with an amawing restored house describing all the good and the badabout the Middle Ages. The best bit is you can touch everything and seat on all the chairs

Thank Chantal V
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Lovely old house hidden among the Shambles area of this fine city. The attraction is fairly small, with only two floors, but is packed with information and helpful and knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit. allow 30/45 minutes. part of the York card which makes it worth visiting.

Thank yankeebhoy
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