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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 610275
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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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2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 610275
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We bought a "medieval" ticket that covered this site and the Richard III and Henry VII Experiences which made it very good value. The ticket lasts for a full year which is even better! We have visited here many times since it's creation - right...More

Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited this amazing building last week. Staff were very helpful and explained any queries we had about the hall. Some of the costumes from the television series Wolf Hall were on display which added to our visit. Very informative and well worth a visit.

Thank floandsue
Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved this place because you can sit in the chairs and touch the exhibits and really immerse yourself in medieval life. Its hidden away down a side street so really is a hidden gem! I used Tesco Vouchers for it too so its great...More

Thank 676Sarah676
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had read good things about this hidden delight and was not disappointed. An excellent reconstruction of a medieval townhouse. A very interesting building full of history. Looks, feels and smells great. You can touch almost everything (so great for kids!) and the staff are friendly,...More

Thank Agent_Pumpkin
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited on 09/08/2017 and felt so welcomed. Visited later in the afternoon and spent a fee hours just slowly wandering around, taking in all the information available. Love that very little is out of bounds and it can be a great hands on experience. The...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a reconstructed medieval hall tucked away down a tiny street in the centre of York. It is fascinating in itself but the highlight was the current (temporary?) exhibition of some of the original costumes worn by actors such as Mark Rylance and Claire...More

Thank Choosylass49
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Without the extortionate cost charged by a number of venues this place was well worth a visit. Able to walk around, sit down and touch the exhibits made a wonderful change. Viewed the marvellous costumes from the production of Wolf Hall and marvelled at their...More

Thank Margaret R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden away in this lovely Town of mine . Is the BARLEY HALL Town house . We have been visiting York for many Years . And for some daft reason never made a visit to this attraction . The Hall is stunning with a lot...More

Thank ERIC G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this recreated medieval hall as one of the attractions listed on the York Pass and we all absolutely loved it and couldn't recommend it highly enough. It was quite literally a hidden gem as it was rather hard to find even with sat...More

Thank Lee S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's no surprise no-one knew this was here until some well-deserved demolition took place - the building is tucked away, accessible only by low ceilinged ginnels and knitted into adjacent structures. A rabbit warren inside, the displays are informative to adults as well as having...More

Thank David W
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12 September 2016|
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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.