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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 615505
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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.
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  • Average12%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very interesting place to visit which reminds one of how one lived during Viking times in York. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We wandered in having found a listing in GoYorkshire. While the price may seem steep at first, the fact that you can freely wander and interact with all the exhibits more than makes up for it. (We ended up with the Jorvik pass which was...More

Thank John B
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JORVIKVikingCentre, Manager at Barley Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi John, Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated. We apologise that the digital feedback system was out of order on your visit. This was investigated first thing this morning and has been fixed. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As has been said before its hard to find with just a tiny sign telling you which alley to venture up. But very rewarding and gives a good impression of medieval life (for those with the money to live in such a place). Well worth...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Barley Hall does not take too much time and can easily be fitted in to a schedule of vists to the larger attractions in York. The building has been meticulously restored using original timbers etc. Both the building itself and the work...More

Thank hells278
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wholly unexpected little hidden treasure. A beautifully restored medieval house with lots of great displays, reading material and activities for children. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and enthusiastic. Would highly recommend

Thank JoTF50
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our second visit to the property revisited for the new Magic and Wizardry exhibition . Exhibition was well laid out with ample descriptions covering a lot of interesting facts.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a 30 minute walk around this recreated space (part was closed while an exhibition was set up)! Some interesting information and central (just of Stonegate). Included in the Yorvik passport price and just about worth doing if you have one of those!

Thank Bob C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is meant for kids. There are many hands on little activities for the kids to enjoy and the staff is extremely friendly. Our kids loved playing and touching everything but at the ages of 10and 12 I think this would be the top...More

Thank amymM265MR
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had trouble finding it even with a map. Finally found a sign halfway up a street in a side entry. Not as much to see as some other places in town, but oh, why not!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a look if your passing not the easiest to find we found by accident. Was an insight into history. We were between exhibits so might be worth a look when the next ones up and running.

Thank Jane E
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Response from wayfarer19492016 | Reviewed this property |
I would leave around 2 hours as the different displays may provoke more interest than others.
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