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“How York used to be for some” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barley Hall

Barley Hall
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #35 of 199 things to do in York
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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 2015 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.
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“How York used to be for some”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

An interesting building giving a flavour of what living in a York house was like for some in the Middle Ages. The Terry Deary input to the information rooms is inspiring and ensures that adult and child are catered for. A pity the pub next door had raucous guests in the courtyard as they spoilt the atmosphere, whereas the children in medieval dress turning up for a birthday party had the opposite effect.

Visited May 2014
Thank Karen V
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

It was made even better as a group of school children were there...they got to dress up and the staff did role play with them. It was great to see their excited little faces (and to hear how things were back then).
Would definitely go back as thoroughly enjoyed our time in there.

Visited April 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful historical attraction for adults and children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Wandering around Barley Hall is a brilliant way to spend a morning or afternoon. I found it fascinating to learn how the medieval hall and house was recreated based upon the archaeology discovered on the site. The exhibits explaining what each room would have been used for and how people in the Middle Ages would have lived was fascinating. There was a wonderful temporary exhibition on medieval disease and medicine when I visited. The hall itself is fabulously constructed and you can take a seat at the great tables and imagine yourself at a medieval feast! Friendly staff and lovely shop as well.

Visited February 2014
Thank Lucy-Ann P
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Irby, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Children loved the horrible history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

The staff are enthusiastic and knowledge which adds to the experience. It took a bit of getting used to the fact that you could touch almost all the displays and are encouraged to do so. Children loved all the disgusting information about the plague, medical treatments, smells so they learnt so much about life in the original Hall without realising it. Adults could browse in relative peace and enjoy the contrasting beauty of the building and artefacts.

Visited April 2014
Thank AnneForshaw
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unexpected ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful place to visit . Soooo unexpected .our hopes weren't set to high but then once your in it's a true gem of a find . Please visit .

Thank carl s
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