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

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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

  • 1 June 2016 11am-3pm

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


Monty Python comes to Barley Hall!

Special Screening: Monty Python’s Holy Grail

  • 13 May 2016 6:30-10pm

In true Pythonesque style we’re celebrating the 41st anniversary of this hilarious 1975 film.
Join us for an uproarious evening screening as the fictional King of the Britons embarks on a low budget quest for the Holy Grail; complete with Black Knight, 3 headed giant, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit and some rather rude French Knights!

Ticket includes welcome drink and bar snacks (spam optional) – a cash bar is available thereafter.

This film is rated 15.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£7.50 per person


Celebrate the 1000-year anniversary of Canute’s accession to the English throne

Countdown to Canute Quiz Night

  • 9 June 2016 7:30pm

Celebrate the 1000-year anniversary of Canute’s accession to the English throne with this Anglo-Saxon & Viking-themed general knowledge, words and numbers quiz!
Join our host, a Viking skald, for kennings, mystery objects and more, including the deadly final round: Canute’s Conundrum.

With mead and ale to buy from our bar, this light-hearted evening in the splendid setting of Barley Hall is sure to appeal to your inner Viking – plus there are themed prizes to be won!


£10 per team of four (£2.50pp for smaller teams)


Barley Hall
2 Coffee Yard
Off Stonegate
North Yorkshire

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01904 615505


01904 610275

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