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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre
Ranked #46 of 206 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 23 February 2012

A cultural must for visitors to York.Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Lovely little museum about the history of the convent. Nice food at the little cafe too.

Thank c j
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

You cannot see the Chapel from the road deliberate because of the persecution of catholics. We were lucky enough to be taken on a tour by a fantastic 'Granny@ type nun. She showed us the amazing bolt holes used by the priests.

The gardens are very peaceful.

Thank Dean L
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Fascinating museum about the development of the Nunnery and the re-introduction of monastic institutions in the UK. Great cafe, well run with the bests scones I've ever had.... The chapel is particularly good with beautiful paintings and a real sense of peace.

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Reviewed 11 October 2011

First and foremost an actual attraction in York that's free to visit! So not like the 10 quid a go Minster then! Catholic Church 1, C of E 0 (or should that be own goal?)

Seriously, this is a beautiful Georgian building (the Catholic chapel from 1766 - when it was still technically illegal to build one in England is truly beautiful) and the museum intriguing. It's billed as dealing with the history of Christianity but in truth it's the exhibits on Recusant Catholicism (the period of time from 1570 to 1829 when Catholicism was illegal in England) which are the stars of the show - everything from a drop-down-at-the-flick-of -a-switch altar to a demountable chalice to priest's vestment made to look like a pedlar's apron. All designed of course to keep one step ahead of the priest hunters.

Add to this really friendly staff and volunteers and you have a York sight you definately shouldn't miss. Do the minster from the outside only and spend the extra hour or two here. You'll be glad you did.

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