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“Children loved the horrible history”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Barley Hall

Barley Hall
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #36 of 200 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 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.
Irby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Children loved the horrible history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 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
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Unexpected ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 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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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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“Interesting if you like a little horrible history....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

This venue was included as part of a multi venue ticket we purchased. It had a large area dealing with the plague and other nastier sides of history which my five year old loved. I would say the venue takes around an hour to complete depending of how much of the material and other interactive displays. Not as comprehensive as perhaps it could be but well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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“Interesting, friendly, fun, magical wedding venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

We got married at Barley Hall in November 13 and it was magical. The staff are lovely, so friendly and helpful. The whole attraction is interesting and fun. We enjoyed reading about the plague doctors and queen Liz 1st. Worth visiting. For all ages.

Visited November 2013
Thank Domine-wright
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

We visited barley hall last weekend, it took a little bit of finding but we found it very interesting once inside, my advice is not to rush around but go from room to room and read the information provided.
The hall is not very good for disabled people as there are stairs to climb and as far as I could see no other way of getting up stairs.
All in all we thought worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
Thank Paul m
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