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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ, England
+44 1904 464901
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Fascinating insight into lives of service and dedication

The building is within a hundred metres of the Micklegate Bar and is an easy walking distance from... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
East Midlands
Surprising place to find.

Didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The entrance and foyer... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Carole W
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This museum documents early Christianity in the north of England and features the story of Mary Ward, founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a pioneer of women's education and religious orders.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ, England
+44 1904 464901
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The building is within a hundred metres of the Micklegate Bar and is an easy walking distance from the railway station. Behind the imposing frontage lies a building which testifies to the life and legacy of Mary Ward and her successors, who founded and developed...More

Thank HeritageHawk
Reviewed 6 days ago

Didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The entrance and foyer area were pleasing to the eye, particularly the indoor planted area, with fabulous tiled floors. The staff (volunteers) were lovely and I had a good chat with a...More

Thank Carole W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our hotel was a few blocks away and in walking by we decided to go inside for breakfast. They have a cute little café inside that opens into a very nice garden. We saw the sign that said "York's best kept secret" and inquired about...More

Thank SharonSCalifornia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had enjoyable lunch in the convent, limited menu but what was available was ok, there seemed to be things, meetings etc going on all over the place, not sure what they were all about, but quite busy

Thank Charnocktraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

If your a catholic then you will love it. I am an agnostic and I found it a nice place with nice people. give it a go.

Thank bennettg5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

St. Margaret Clitherow is my confirmation saint, so I wanted to make sure we stopped by the Bar Convent. The exhibit is really nice, and does a good job explaining what Catholicism was like in Tudor/Stuart England, as well as gives the history behind the...More

Thank Cinderella921
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with my friend who was interested after reading about it , Lovely chapel and staff are very friendly

Thank live292
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bar Convent is a fascinating building. It is the oldest convent in England dating from 1686, at a time of great danger for Catholics. There is a fascinating exhibition which explains the history of the building and it's nuns. It is now a Heritage...More

Thank robbielow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A surprising and interesting venue for meetings as well as a very good coffee shop and beautiful gardens. B&B accommodation available.

Thank UKYork
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Having stayed close to the Bar Convent was curious about the exhibition and what was inside the lovely building. Visited for the exhibition and really interesting , very good film show presentation of the story of the Convent on the ground floor. Amazing display of...More

Thank nortonfen
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