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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 615505
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 615505
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Reviewed yesterday

I visited Barley Hall not only out of interest but also because it was a venue included on the Medieval Pass to attractions in York. This is a good example of 'Living History' showing how everyday life was lived in a household in the late...More

Thank Ludger4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reconstruction with some original parts of a medieval house, fascinating to walk around, and there is usually an exhibition on as well, particularly interesting are the archaeological items on show.

Thank Penn44
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was quite interesting and well worth a visit, theres quite a lot to see but felt it was a bit clinical? still worth a visit.

Thank JaxB123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is very well done out and is very child friendly. There are usually costume displays too. It is very touchy feeling exhibits wise - you can pick up and handle things. It gives a great feeling of what life would have been like...More

Thank Doramy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well reconstructed historical building. Good introductory video and well documented exhibits throughout the 6? Rooms. Costumes on display from Wolf Hall were really apppreciated and amazing.

Thank rulesman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A hands-on museum reconstructing medieval building and displaying life at that time. At the time we visited they had an exhibition of the costumes from Wolf Hall - which was a special treat.

Thank ofra01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having found it tucked off a narrow street and down an alley you get a real sense of the way citizens of York lived in medieval times. The Hall has been largely reconstructed by Professor Barley and his team - hence the name. Some old...More

Thank AkM980
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another Museum that is well worth a visit. Very well set out and tells an old nteresting story. I have never seen Horrible Histories before but loved watching it in the Museum.

Thank Vinylment
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a two day trip to York and we were amazed by the effort and extremely detailed high standard of restoration of this extremely important heritage building. The interior displays and information was not excessive but very informative. This medieval property is well worth...More

Thank Lionel T
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse and describes itself as" York's hidden gem". We found it by accident and it really was a fascinating place to visit. It's part of the Jorvik Group and the reconstruction is up to their usual standards. Visitors are...More

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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.