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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Head on the JORVIK Roaming Supper through York.

A Feast Fit For A King – JORVIK Roaming Supper

  • 19 September 2015 From 7pm

Your presence is requested for a royal banquet in the heart of medieval York!

Start your experience in the ancient fortification of Monk Bar on the city walls, where you will be treated to an exclusive drink and canapé reception and the chance to explore the impact that the last Plantagenet monarch, Richard III, had on the city.

Then, you will be escorted on a regal progress to York’s hidden gem medieval townhouse, Barley Hall, where you will experience a sumptuous banquet fit for a king!

You will also get the chance to examine historic texts and learn about the exotic diets of royalty, plus discover our latest exhibition; Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII.

Due to the popularity of this event in previous years, pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Menu will be provided on booking; please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.

This is a fundraising event for York Archaeological Trust.


£45.50 per person


Yornight european researchers night

YorNight: European Researchers Night

  • 25 September 2015 5:30-8:30pm

Hear presentations by local experts conducting historical research in a range of fields, all in the glorious medieval setting of Barley Hall.

For more information on the packed YorNight programme at venues across York, visit


Discover a traditional Christmas market hidden in York

Festive Medieval Market at Barley Hall

  • 26 — 29 November 2015

Traders will gather at our beautiful medieval townhouse, Barley Hall for an intimate festive shopping experience.

With hand crafted items and unique gifts on offer; as well as the chance to see the Hall decorated for Christmas you are in for a treat!

Once you’ve finished your shopping, sit back and enjoy some winter warmers: including mulled wine, ale and some delicious snacks at our cosy tavern bar.

Upgrade your ticket to include access to all of Barley Hall, including the new ‘Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII’ exhibition: £3 adult, £2 conc.

This is a fundraising event for York Archaeological Trust

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£2 adult, £1 conc, £5 family of four


Barley Hall
2 Coffee Yard
Off Stonegate
North Yorkshire




01904 615505


01904 610275

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.