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Address: 2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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+44 1904 610275
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Re-created medieval town house based on original buildings

This restored building gives a good idea of what a large medieval town house was like. The York Archaeological Trust who run this attraction use volunteer guides in costume to... read more

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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restored building gives a good idea of what a large medieval town house was like. The York Archaeological Trust who run this attraction use volunteer guides in costume to help you appreciate the place, and the upstairs is used to stage exhibitions, usually themed costume exhibitions using theatrical costumes form historical dramas, so this can be a good place... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited York for many years never took the time to visit the hall,but worth a look.An amazing building with lots of history.Various events take place through the year,all in keeping with the age and character of building.Shows a true piece of local history,worth a visit if you choose to look for it.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon entering barley hall you step into the gift shop which has a wide variety of lovely gifts. We purchased a guide book and we're told not to read it til after we left the building as it didn't really need to be read whilst walking round. Upon leaving and reading the book we found lots of things we had... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed to see that the display about old games had totally incorrect rules for playing nine mens morris (Merrills). In fact, trying them out would not enable the game to be played at all! Told the cashier who was concerned but also told me that I would have to tell one of the staff. This I did, to a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

excellent place to attend and learn about the york history and vikings culture, people and their history !!!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

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 29 November 2016

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 6 November 2016

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 1 November 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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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