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.
Museum, Historic house or home, Archaeological site
CLOSED: 24/ 25/ 26 December
Reduced Opening Hours: 31 December 10:00-14:00 /1 January 11:00-16:00
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. 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.
The Barley Hall Servants – Living History at the Hall
- 1 June 2016 11am-3pm
- 27 July 2016 12-4pm
- 3 August 2016 12-4pm
- 10 August 2016 12-4pm
- 17 August 2016 12-4pm
- 24 August 2016 12-4pm
- 31 August 2016 12-4pm
- 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.
- Family friendly
Normal Admission Prices
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)
Medieval Medicine – A Walking Tour of the City
- 8 July 2016 10-11am
- 15 July 2016 10-11am
- 22 July 2016 10-11am
- 29 July 2016 10-11am
- 5 August 2016 10-11am
- 12 August 2016 10-11am
- 19 August 2016 10-11am
- 26 August 2016 10-11am
- 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
Medieval Day at Knaresborough Castle
- 13 August 2016 11am-4pm
Join us for a day of family fun on the site of a medieval castle!
With activities on offer straight from the Middle Ages; including have a go archery, sword fighting workshops, where you can train to be a medieval knight and a medieval encampment where you can craft, there is something to keep the whole family entertained all day!
Make an appointment to see the gruesome barber surgeon who will show you his grisly methods to treat any horrible injuries and wounds.
We will also play host to a medieval tournament with stunning medieval combat performances and acrobatic birds of prey displays! Plus, tours of the castle and sallyport will run throughout the day.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
small charge applies for some activities
Medieval Fight Club : Hollywood and Historical Combat
- 26 August 2016 7-8pm
Discover the best and the worst that Hollywood has to offer when dramatising medieval combat.
Looking at the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, compare what we see on screen with the reality of medieval combat with the team from the York School of Defence, a local Western Martial Arts group.
Adult £4.50 Conc. £3.50
Medieval Combat : The Anatomy of a Kill
- 29 August 2016 7-8pm
Explore the reality of medieval warfare and the terrible wounds it inflicted on combatants at this insightful talk.
Western Martial Arts group the York School of Defence will compare and contrast archaeological, literary and historical sources with modern accident and injury records in order to accurately explain the reality of medieval combat.
Live demonstrations will take place using weapons and actual techniques from the Middle Ages to show how wounds and injuries may have occurred on the battlefield.
The York School of Defence team will be on hand after the presentation to answer any questions about arms and armour from the medieval period.
The lecture will contain graphic images of modern wounds and trauma and as such is not suitable for young children or those of a nervous disposition.
St Helen’s Square
Adult £4.50 Conc. £3.50
Western Martial Arts with the York School of Defence: Medieval Combat Class
- 29 August 2016 11:30am-4pm
A Unique opportunity to learn the skills of a medieval warrior. Expect sword fighting, demonstrations and authentic combat techniques!
Located in the magnificence of York’s Guildhall, these expert led combat classes by the York School of Defence will teach you the skills needed to survive combat in the Middle Ages.
Incorporating fight demonstrations, a chance to have a go at sword fighting yourself and get the opportunity to see and handle a variety of medieval weaponry.
Each session lasts an hour and a half and participants are asked to wear sturdy footwear with some grip to the soles. Suitable for ages 5+, both adults and children can be catered for.
*Family prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 children
- Family friendly
St Helen’s Square
Adult £7.50 Conc. £5.50 Family of 4* £20.50 Family of 5* £25.50 per combat session
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 www.barleyhall.co.uk
£5 per person
2 Coffee Yard