Barley Hall is a medieval townhouse, located on the doorstep of York Minster.

Once home to the Lord Mayor of York, the building was long-forgotten and was scheduled for demolition until York Archaeological Trust restored it to its former glory, giving you the chance to experience what it would be like to live over five hundred years ago.

Updated Booking Process

Please note: Due to an increase in demand we are recommending booking your visit at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the perfect experience for your school. For more information please visit the updated school visit booking process page.

The Experience

A visit to Barley Hall allows pupils to get a totally hands-on experience and gain an insight into life in the past. Discover what life was like for a child living in Tudor times. What did they eat? Where did they sleep? Through investigating artefacts and using role play, your class will find out!

Your visit to Barley Hall can either comprise a full or half day spent as a Tudor in our specially designed sessions, or you can take a Tour of the Hall with a guide from Tudor times and choose specific workshops to tie in with your school’s needs. Every school visit will include interacting with our costumed characters, who will describe the contrasting lives of the Hall’s wealthy residents and their poorer servants.

JORVIK Group Learning Programme 2017/18