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

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.
The award winning volunteers, the Barley Hall Servants, are back to offer an extra treat for visitors to Barley Hall.

The Barley Hall Servants – Living History at the Hall

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal Admission Prices

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/

Join us for a walking tour of York's medieval history.

Medieval Medicine – A Walking Tour of the City

  • 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.

Where

York Theatre Royal
St Leonard's Place
York
YO1 7HD
England

Admission

Adult £4.00, Conc. £3.50

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/medieval-medicine-a-walking-tour-of-the-city/all/

Explore the reality of medieval warfare and the terrible wounds it inflicted on combatants at this insightful talk.

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.

Pre-booking advised

Where

Guildhall
St Helen’s Square
York
YO1 9QL
England

Admission

Adult £4.50 Conc. £3.50

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/medieval-combat-the-anatomy-of-the-kill/

A Unique opportunity to learn the skills of a medieval warrior. Expect sword fighting, demonstrations and authentic combat techniques!

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

Pre-booking Advised

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Guildhall
St Helen’s Square
York
YO1 9QL
England

Admission

Adult £7.50 Conc. £5.50 Family of 4* £20.50 Family of 5* £25.50 per combat session

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/western-martial-arts-with-the-york-school-of-defence-medieval-combat-class/

Halloween at the Hall

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£5 per person

Website

http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/halloween-at-the-hall/

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

logo: Museums at Night

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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