Barley Hall

The entrance to Barley Hall - York's hidden medieval gem.
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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.

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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Archaeological site

Opening hours

April-October
10:00-17:00

November-March
10:00-16:00

CLOSED: 24/ 25/ 26 December

Admission charges

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

Discounts

  • 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. 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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Discover a new side of life in the Middle Ages at Magic & Mystery

Mysterious Floristry - Part of Bloom!

  • 23 — 24 June 2018 10am-4pm

During the month of July a local floristry group will work alongside staff at Barley Hall to produce arrangements inspired by the exciting new exhibition, Magic and Mystery.

Flowers and herbs that would have been a fixture of everyday life in the medieval period will be transformed, as if by magic, into beautiful displays influenced by their many uses in the Middle Ages, both medicinal and miraculous.

After you’ve taken your tour, visit the courtyard where they will be hosting a special seed planting workshop inspired by medieval medicine. Take your pick of planting Vervain; a plant associated with curing insomnia, Rosemary; which has been thought to have many medicinal qualities, Marjoram; known to expel serpents and other creatures and Marigold; which when on your person stops others speaking ill of you.

Plus; visitors during Bloom! will also be entitled to a special 20% discount off the lavender range in the Courtyard Gift Shop at Barley Hall.

Pre-booking is recommended but not necessary. Crafting activities are charged separately to admission to Barley Hall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in Barley Hall admission

Website

http://www.barleyhall.co.uk/magic

Discover a new side to life in the Middle Ages at Magic & Mystery

Magical Crafting

  • 28 — 29 July 2018 10am-4pm
  • 4 — 5 August 2018 10am-4pm
  • 11 — 12 August 2018 10am-4pm
  • 18 — 19 August 2018 10am-4pm
  • 25 — 26 August 2018 10am-4pm

Get hands-on with history with some fun magic-inspired crafting activities for all the family.

Each weekend will offer a different crafting activity, all exploring different aspects of magic and superstition in the medieval period.

Crafts on offer will include:

• Charm making
• Wand making
• Telescope construction

Pre-booking is recommended but not necessary. Crafting activities are charged separately to admission to Barley Hall.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Crafting from £1 to £5

Website

http://www.barleyhall.co.uk/magic

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.
Discover a new side to life in the Middle Ages at Magic & Mystery

Magic & Mystery | Launch Weekend

  • 23 June 2018 — 24 November 2019

Discover a new side to life in the Middle Ages at Barley Hall with a weekend of activities exploring the fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval York.

Join the Alchemist in the Great Hall as he works to master the Magnum Opus, the Great Work. However, this is more science than magic, as he will use his knowledge and skill to demonstrate the processes of calcinations, distillation and sublimation.

Witness alchemical wonders such as The Peacocks Tail or The Tree of Diana, and be sure to bring your spare change to see it transformed into gold in front of your very eyes!

Magical Crafting

Once you’ve finished being astonished by the work of our alchemist be sure to explore the rest of the hall and get hands-on with history with fun magic-inspired crafting activities for all the family, including wand-making, telescope construction, magical seed planting and the opportunity to make your own charms.

Pre-booking is recommended but not necessary. Crafting activities are charged separately.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Included in Barley Hall admission price

Website

http://www.barleyhall.co.uk/magic

Barley Hall
2 Coffee Yard
Off Stonegate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 8AR
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.barleyhall.co.uk

E-mail

groups@yorkat.co.uk

Telephone

01904 615505

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.
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