Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, who was said to have had an illicit liaison during her visit to York in 1541, is the inspiration of a scandalous new perfume, exclusively at Barley Hall.

Don't Lose Your Head

Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home, sit on the chairs, handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in medieval England.

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From celebrations of Magna Carta and Agincourt, to special talks on the legacy of the re-interment of Richard III and all manner of Medieval Merriment for all the family, we have you covered this summer.

Discover the Middle-Ages

A new exhibition exploring the archaeology, first-hand accounts of life in the city, and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty eight year reign.

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Join us for the JORVIK Roaming Supper; starting in the ancient fortification of Monk Bar, before heading on a regal progress to York’s hidden gem medieval townhouse, Barley Hall, where you will experience a sumptuous banquet fit for a king!

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Volunteers from the Barley Hall Servants are back to offer an extra treat for visitors, with living history showcasing the life of servants from the late medieval period.

See History Come to Life

Discover 3 great attractions for 1 great price with our new Medieval Pass. Explore our hidden gem of Barley Hall and experience the impact two rival Kings had on York, all with 12 months free admission.

Explore Medieval York

Hear presentations by local experts conducting historical research in a range of fields, all in the glorious medieval setting of Barley Hall.

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This Christmas, traders will gather at the beautiful medieval townhouse of Barley Hall, for an intimate festive shopping experience; with hand crafted items, unique gifts, and the chance to see the Hall fully decorated for Christmas!

Experience a Traditional Christmas

We offer a range of packages from a single meeting room or canapé reception, to a full medieval banquet experience within the Great Hall of this medieval townhouse.


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