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Barley Hall, York

4.2
#9 of 29 in Museums in York




Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse in the city of York, England. It was built around 1360 by the monks of Nostell Priory near Wakefield and extended in the 15th century. The property went into a slow decline and by the 20th century was sub-divided and in an increasingly poor physical condition. Bought by the York Archaeological Trust in 1987, it was renamed Barley Hall and heavily restored in a controversial project to form a museum. It is open to the public and hosts exhibitions.
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  • Well reconstructed building full of how life was then and a definite slant towards potions, lotions, witchcraft and wizardry. Do no expect Harry Potter here - go to the Shambles for that.  more »
  • Immaculately restored building, giving a real insight into Medieval life. Big focus on magic and mystery. Odd layout, means you have to retrace your steps rather than follow a circuitous route...  more »
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  • Visited here during the Festival of Ideas when entry was free and it was a fantastic afternoon. Apart from the amazing medieval building (quite modern looking woodwork in parts !) there were several costumed guides who gave us all kinds of information about alchemy, witchcraft and magic from a medieval perspective. All were thoroughly entertaining, especially the alchemist who performed a miracle by turning a copper penny into 'pure gold' in front of our eyes. Full marks also for the lovely story telling lady who battled through a coughing fit to complete the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for the children. A true hidden gem.
  • A hidden jewel in the heart of York. Interesting, informative and excellent fun for kids of all ages (my two 24 year olds enjoyed themselves enormously). The Medieval Pass offering a years access to Barley Hall, the Richard III Experience and the Henry VII Experience is excellent value for money. The staff are knowledgable, friendly and very helpful.

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