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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 610275
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Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. The building has been lovingly restored to its original splendour with its high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England. NEW FOR 2016/17 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.
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2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 610275
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found by accident walking through York town. Great fun exploring the house, a quiet location with lots of interactive things to do for kids

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter (10 and has autism) enjoyed our time here. We had a Max card so did have free entry. Great for children! Lots of things to do, games to play, things to colour etc horrible histories to watch. It is a small museum but...More

Thank Jennie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ventured in here as the building is amazing and the offer of the exhibit of some of the costumes used in the TV dramatisation of Wolf Hall was to much to resist. There were a lot of interesting things to see and the trouble...More

Thank Gina H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well presented very interesting attraction. Tucked away the hall is worth a visit.very informative about the period and history of the Hall Lovely costumes to admire from the TVs series Wolfe Hall and much more

Thank _vyt1947
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Incredible building that was hiding beneath a modern facade. So glad this was rescued from demolition and restored faithfully using centuries old techniques. Well worth the £6 each to upkeep this building.

Thank tracey t
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Again you must be interested in life in Tudor times to see this building, but well worth the time if you are.

Thank Roger T
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Visited as part of York Pass, and possibly wouldn't have but saw the costume exhibition advertised. Well worth it as you are free to touch everything in this reconstructed building. Just over the road from a branch of Bettys tearoom, so pop in for a...More

Thank daisy12015
Reviewed 4 May 2017

I was attracted to this venue because my cat is called Barley! It was a chilly day, I wasn't in the mood for shopping and we'd got a couple of hours to kill before dinner and the theatre. We were then delighted by this lovely...More

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is probably one of yorks least visited attractions which is unfortunate as it is very interesting. All of the information available at Barley hall is from Henry Viii era but it is non the less fascinating, it is tucked away in the centre of...More

Thank mark3081
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Bought ticket for Barley Hall when I went to Jorvik not really knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable; the building itself is beautiful in a great state of repair and the Wolf Hall exhibition added an...More

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How long does it usually take to walk around and take everything in?
12 September 2016|
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Response from wayfarer19492016 | Reviewed this property |
I would leave around 2 hours as the different displays may provoke more interest than others.