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Review of Barley Hall

Barley Hall
Ranked #34 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 6 May 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.

Thank piginawig1976
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Reviewed 21 April 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.

Thank Lucy-Ann P
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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.

Thank AnneForshaw
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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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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.

Thank Beechbuzz
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