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

April-October
10:00-17:00

November-March
10:00-16:00

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

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. 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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall.

Wolf Hall Comes To York

  • 12 September 2016 — 31 March 2017 *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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/

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.
Explore the Lost Traditions of Medieval Christmastide

Medieval Christmas at Barley Hall

  • 17 November 2016 — 5 January 2017 *on now

This is your chance to discover the hidden history of Christmas in medieval York at the beautifully decorated townhouse, Barley Hall.
As today, celebrations during the Christmas period in the Middle Ages were both social and religious occasions. For the wealthier households in the city there were also certain obligations that had to be fulfilled, as a medieval Christmas was not just about family, but about the community too.

Join the lady of the house, Joan Snawsell of Barley Hall, as she prepares her household to welcome the great and the good of York into her home for the festive season. Experience the lost traditions of medieval Christmastide as you sample the fayre on offer to visitors both grand and humble.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Barley Hall
2 Coffee Yard
York
Yorkshire
YO1 8AR
England

Admission

Normal Admission Costs Apply.

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/lost-traditions-of-medieval-christmas/

Join Trouvere for medieval music at Barley Hall

Medieval Music at Christmas

  • 10 December 2016 12-4pm

Join medieval minstrels, Trouvere, as they bring the sounds of medieval music to Barley Hall this festive season.

Listen to carols and hymns from the medieval period as you explore the lost tradition of Christmas in the Middle Ages. There will also be the chance to learn more about the history of medieval music at special talks throughout the day.

Plus enjoy a hearty ale or a warm glass of mulled wine at a tavern bar, located in the first floor gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Admission Costs Apply

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/medieval-music-at-christmas/

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

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Website

www.barleyhall.co.uk

E-mail

barleyhall@yorkat.co.uk

Telephone

01904 615505

Fax

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.
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