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Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 615505
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2 Coffee Yard | Stonegate, York YO1 8AR, England
+44 1904 615505
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had peaked in from the window into the great hall on my last visit and was tempted to go inside in my next visit. I was a bit disappointed, The building is basically a re constructed medieval house but only really do the down...More

Thank Nellance
Reviewed 4 days ago

After struggling to find the place finally found it down a small alley, ( maybe powers that be could get some better signs) I think it could be described as small but beautifully formed, well worth a visit when we went there was a Henry...More

Thank GTFCfan
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A lovely restored Tudor house with well researched replicas to make the house interactive and immersive! The stairs and halls are quite narrow as you would expect in a house of the period, so not accessible for prams or wheelchairs.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Bit disappointed with our visit. Very interesting history to the building but it is as if the owners don't trust visitors to be interested enough in the building itself. Most of the information inside is about Henry VIII, who doesn't seem to have that much...More

Thank Schwinks7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Renewed or not we found it pretty boring and we were in and out in 10 minutes. We only visited because it was part of the York pass. it was rammed with kids and it was hard to go around it. the grand hall was...More

Thank Stefano915
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building is owned by the York Archaeological Trust and was extensively renovated/reconstructed between 1990-1993. This was quite controversial at the time as many historians and architects believed it is now more a replica than a restored mediaeval townhouse. It was originally built about 1360...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited during the residents festival so the attraction was very busy. Not our first visit, infact we have enjoyed watching this attraction evolve through it's ups and downs then back up again since it was first opened. It is not Wheelchair user friendly due to...More

1  Thank thomas g
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautifully restored half-timber structure illustrates how the well-to-do might live in the medieval town of York. This structure was used in the filming of the BBC production of Wolf Hall and costumes from the show are on display here. Enjoy.

2  Thank redeco
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well-conserved fourteenth century mansion. Stands up well in comparison to houses at the Weal and Downland Museum, and the exhibition of Henry VIII adds to the experience

Thank maceng-chattan
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Wonderful restoration using authentic techniques and original materials. Very hands on with lots of information provided. A must for medieval history lovers and the costumes from the BBC production of Wolf Hall were an extra bonus.

Thank Belinda W
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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.