Barley Hall Workshops

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.

Experience life in a medieval townhouse with the help of the servants at Barley Hall. With a range of specifically designed, interactive and fun workshops to fire the imagination, Barley Hall will give a little taste of domestic life in the Tudor Period.

Key Stage 1, 2 & 3

Fit for a King | Full Day Experience

Can your class learn the skills necessary to get Barley Hall ready for a visit by royalty? Inspired by the occasion of King Henry VIII’s one and only visit to York in 1541, this full-day experience provides a chance for your class to experience table setting, cleaning and the sorts of manners and behaviour expected of lords and their servants in Tudor England.

Tudor Plays and Performances / Medieval Manners | Half Day Experiences

Let your pupils set back in time and experience an aspect of Tudor life for a morning or afternoon. Choose from a lesson in medieval manners, dress and etiquette or take a turn on the stage in our new drama workshop looking at 16th-century theatre and entertainment.

Tudor Medicine

A chance to learn about Tudor medicine and how illness and ailments were treated hundreds of years ago. Discover the methods used by the barber surgeon and find out about some of the Tudors’ most gruesome diseases and grisly cures. Not for the faint-hearted!

Tudor Weapons

Hear how weapons of all kinds were used in everyday Tudor life, from sport and hunting to self defence. Discover how weapons could be status symbols or valued items of costume, and handle some of these weapons for yourself.

Tudor School

Meet the School Master and see what school would have been like 500 years ago. Recite the alphabet, write with quill and ink pens, and learn to count with jettons. A fun session with plenty of activities to put your class through their paces!

Please note: a maximum of 32 children can be accommodated in the ‘Fit For a King’ and ‘Tudor School’ workshops.

Find out more

For more information about any of these topics, or to book a session for your group, please call our Reservations team on 01904 615505 or contact us direct here.