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.
Explore York in the time of Henry VIII at our Power and Glory exhibition. Discover the archaeology, first-hand accounts of life in the city and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty-eight year reign.
Plus, exclusive to Barley Hall: experience ix sumptuous costumes from the smash-hit BBC2 series, Wolf Hall, including items worn by Claire Foy and Mark Rylance.
Museum, Historic house or home, Archaeological site
CLOSED: 24/ 25/ 26 December
Family x4: £15.00
Family x5: £17.50
Under 5s: FREE
- English Heritage
Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse and as such has some restrictions for those visitors with mobility and access difficulties. We will be very pleased to discuss your access requirements at any time, please telephone us in advance of your visit on 01904 615505.
Wolf Hall Comes To York
- 12 September 2016 — 31 March 2018 *on now
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.
- Family friendly
Normal Admission Charges Apply
- 29 — 30 July 2017 10am-4pm
Join the team at historic Barley Hall this summer and learn all about the muckier side of archaeology.
Discover how poo is used to solve ancient mysteries and have a go at making your very own replica historic turd!
This is a special event for the Festival of British Archaeology
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
Normal Admission Costs Apply
Medieval Feast at Barley Hall
- 29 September 2017 6-9pm
You are invited to a special medieval dining experience at the table of William Snawsell; Goldsmith, Alderman and former Lord Mayor of York at historic Barley Hall this September.
Taking place during York’s famous Food and Drink Festival, this unique dining event will whisk you back to the late Middle Ages for a gastronomic treat!
Enjoy a 3 course meal in the Great Hall while your hosts discuss the history of the Hall and talk you through the food available in medieval York.
So, whether you join us as an individual, a couple or even a small party you are sure to receive a warm welcome and take part in an evening of good food and fascinating conversation in a stunning venue.
Tickets are priced at £60.50 per person; includes a welcome drink, 3 course meal, hot drinks and sweetmeats, plus wine on the table. A cash bar will also be available serving hearty ales and fine wines.
Body Snatchers – A Talk by Colin Shepherd
- 26 October 2017 5-7pm
Discover the hidden history behind the shady practice of providing cadavers to anatomists during the Middle Ages up to the birth of the Industrial Revolution.
Explore the dubious morals and lucrative business behind this macabre industry as well as the extent of the involvement of the citizens of York at this truly dramatic talk.
Please note: due to the graphic nature of this talk we would advise attendees should be 12 years and over. A cash bar will be available serving a range of hearty beers, fine wines and a selection of soft drinks.
- Not suitable for children
Adult £10.50, Conc £8.50
Light Painting & Pumpkin Carving
- 27 — 28 October 2017 4-7pm
Create your own masterpiece in the shadows of the stunning medieval townhouse, Barley Hall.
Explore the unique exhibitions and hands on history after dark, enhanced by atmospheric candlelight. You’ll have the chance to create your own light designs and carve your pumpkin ready for Halloween!
- Family friendly
Adult £7.50, Conc £4.50
- 30 — 31 October 2017 5:30-8pm
There’s something strange going on this Halloween at Barley Hall and we need intrepid visitors to help us solve some ghostly mysteries!
Sightings of former residents who lived and worked at the Hall 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!
A perfect Halloween event for the kids, expect thrills and chills but no nightmares! Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.
Admission includes a gift bag for each child. Tours start every 30 minutes.
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