Christmas at Barley Hall

The Lost Traditions of Medieval Christmas Rediscovered
17th Nov 2016 to 5th Jan 2017

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This is your chance to discover the hidden history of Christmas in medieval York at the beautifully decorated townhouse, Barley Hall.

As today, celebrations during the Christmas period in the Middle Ages were both social and religious occasions. For the wealthier households in the city there were also certain obligations that had to be fulfilled, as a medieval Christmas was not just about family, but about the community too.

Join the lady of the house, Joan Snawsell of Barley Hall, as she prepares her household to welcome the great and the good of York into her home for the festive season. Experience the lost traditions of medieval Christmastide as you sample the fayre on offer to visitors both grand and humble.

Plus, expect to see much greenery and colour as you are transported back in time to explore the beautifully decorated rooms of Barley Hall, each dressed to reflect the different activities that would have taken place in the home and around the city in Lady Snawsell’s time.

This is a unique and colourful Christmas experience in York, so come, make yourself at home at Barley Hall this winter.

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Celebrate in style, with the chance to hire the Hall and enjoy your own medieval evening of dining in one of York’s most interesting venues. Enjoy a traditional Christmas with displays, decorations and a look at the history of Christmas as we know it today. With all this and more, Christmas in York isn’t complete without a trip to Barley Hall.

The Hall is open every day in the lead up to Christmas, offering a truly unmissable experience within its walls. Don’t miss the chance to see this stunning townhouse in all its festive glory.

Experience a medieval christmas in York

Experience a Medieval Christmas