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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.

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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A little gem, tucked away, but well worth a visit.

I was attracted to this venue because my cat is called Barley! It was a chilly day, I wasn't in the mood for shopping and we'd got a couple of hours to kill before dinner and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer L
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible building that was hiding beneath a modern facade. So glad this was rescued from demolition and restored faithfully using centuries old techniques. Well worth the £6 each to upkeep this building.

Thank tracey t
Carp, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Again you must be interested in life in Tudor times to see this building, but well worth the time if you are.

Thank Roger T
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited as part of York Pass, and possibly wouldn't have but saw the costume exhibition advertised. Well worth it as you are free to touch everything in this reconstructed building. Just over the road from a branch of Bettys tearoom, so pop in for a Fat Rascal while you are there

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was attracted to this venue because my cat is called Barley! It was a chilly day, I wasn't in the mood for shopping and we'd got a couple of hours to kill before dinner and the theatre. We were then delighted by this lovely slice of Tudor life. It's relatively small, but the exhibits and information are just the... More 

Thank Jennifer L
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is probably one of yorks least visited attractions which is unfortunate as it is very interesting. All of the information available at Barley hall is from Henry Viii era but it is non the less fascinating, it is tucked away in the centre of York and well worth a look.

Thank mark3081
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bought ticket for Barley Hall when I went to Jorvik not really knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable; the building itself is beautiful in a great state of repair and the Wolf Hall exhibition added an extra layer of interest. You can touch almost everything and both kids and adults can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found Barley Hall very interesting as it showed how people would have lived their lives day to day in 1483. You are able to move around within each room and sit on the chairs and look at things rather than the rooms being roped off which made it much more interactive. I spent just over an hour here. If... More 

Thank Heidy B
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

A neat reconstruction of a medieval townhome, showing how life may have been 600 years ago. A good joint venue with the Jorvick ticket, this attraction is best for families with children.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely exhibition. Everything is touchable! It is very interesting to an adult but as it is so interactive I think it would be great for children.

Thank riabinraider
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Was really pleased that the costume exhibition was still on whilst we were here - got to see costumes from Wolf Hall, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and even Jonathan Rhys Meyer's costume from The Tudors! It's a very hands on museum so there are plenty of exhibits that you can touch and even a costume section for young... More 

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