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“Good costume display and interesting building”
Review of Barley Hall

Barley Hall
Ranked #35 of 210 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 1 March 2012

The best bit was the costume section with outfits from various period dramas - however this is temporary I believe. Otherwise an attractive building with some interesting info - amazing it was hidden for so long. Only took us about 20 minutes to have a look round but a pleasant stop on our trip.

Thank bumbletraveller
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Its not the cheapest place to visit and the children did get a little fed up after a while as they have alot of things to read.
The feel of the building is the most exciting part, it just feels so untouched by the modern day.
The main hall is beautiful but small compared to some, it really makes you think how people used to dine.
A few bits of gore upstairs to do with old healing ways kept my son interested for a while, where as by this point my daughters had, had enough.
A nice visit and lots of insight but not enough to entertain children for long.
I would visit again but without the children.

Thank tasha55
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

A fascinating trip back through the history of a medieval house and its various uses in bygone times.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Barley hall has nothing to do with the grain, so you won't find any agricultural history here. You will, however, find some interesting ideas about family life in the 15th century, and currently a fascinating exhibition of TV and film costumes, including one of Maggie Smith's 'Downton Abbey' dresses, and a tiny suit worn by a 9-year-old Daniel Radcliffe as 'David Copperfield'. Well worth a visit, but the rickety stairs and dark rooms do not make it an easy option for the elderly and infirm.

Thank Mochashosh
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Loved trying on hats and getting to see costumes worn in period dramas but felt that some of the other areas could have been more hands on -officially they were but there wasn't much to them. The animation that we were due to see at Micklegate Bar had been moved to Barley Hall due to the weather but was rather disappointing in that there was only one short animation (although in itself very good).

Thank JennyEm
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