Barley Hall

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Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Archaeological site

Opening hours



CLOSED: 24/ 25/ 26 December
Reduced Opening Hours: 31 December 10:00-14:00 /1 January 11:00-16:00

Admission charges

Adult: £6.00
Child: £3.00
Concession: £4.50
Family x4: £15.00
Family x5: £17.50
Under 5s: FREE


  • English Heritage

Additional info

Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse and as such has some restrictions for those visitors with mobility and access difficulties. Although there is access to the ground floor, the Great Hall features a raised threshold at the doorway. The first floor, on which the Parlour, Gallery, and Chambers are located, is accessed via a staircase, which some guests may find a little steep. There is a second fairly steep staircase down to the buttery, pantry and classroom, although the classroom can be accessed externally. It is advisable that small children are looked after when using the staircases. Unfortunately there is no lift to the first floor. Unfortunately vehicles cannot park close to the Hall. The easiest access is from Swinegate/Grape Lane where you can park before 11am and after 4pm from Monday to Friday, before 10.30am and after 4.30pm on Saturday, and before 12pm and after 4pm on Sunday. We will be very pleased to discuss your access requirements at any time, please telephone us in advance of your visit on 01904 615505.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The award winning volunteers, the Barley Hall Servants, are back to offer an extra treat for visitors to Barley Hall.

The Barley Hall Servants – Living History at the Hall

  • 31 August 2016 12-4pm *on now
  • 26 October 2016 12-4pm

The award winning volunteers, the Barley Hall Servants, are back to offer an extra treat for visitors to Barley Hall.
Bringing history to life showcasing the life of servants in the late medieval period.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal Admission Prices


Join us for a walking tour of York's medieval history.

Medieval Medicine – A Walking Tour of the City

  • 2 September 2016 10-11am

Uncover the hidden history of York’s ecclesiastical and medical buildings during this fascinating walking tour of the city.
Starting at the newly re-opened York Theatre Royal, which was built on the site of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital precinct, your guide will discuss the visible remains of the hospital.

Your tour continues across the city, taking in well known sites including the remains of St Mary’s Abbey, once home to Benedictine monks and one of the wealthiest abbeys in the North.

Walk lasts approx 1 hour, be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York’s medical history. Be advised that the majority of the walk takes place outdoors, so dress please accordingly for the weather.


York Theatre Royal
St Leonard's Place


Adult £4.00, Conc. £3.50


Halloween at the Hall

Halloween at the Hall

  • 30 — 31 October 2016 5-7:30pm

There's something strange going on at Barley Hall; sightings of former residents who lived and worked there over 500 years ago have been seen skulking round the rooms and passageways, causing all sorts of mischief and mayhem. It’s as if the past is coming back to life!

We need some intrepid visitors to join us on All Hallows Eve to help solve these ghostly mysteries, piece together their stories and why they are causing such trouble! Are up to the challenge?

A perfect Halloween event for the little ones, expect thrills and chills but no nightmares! Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.

Plus: be sure to visit Barley Hall in the daylight to uncover the history of Halloween, the traditions, treats and terrors over the centuries.

Discover all at

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£5 per person


Barley Hall
2 Coffee Yard
Off Stonegate
North Yorkshire

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01904 615505


01904 610275

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