Barley Hall

Barley Hall

Come discover and explore York’s fascinating history at Barley Hall. It’s a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York and dates back to 1360.

Lost in time, Barley Hall is truly one of the hidden gems of things to see in York, rediscovered behind the walls of an old office block.

What We Offer Visiting Schools

A visit to Barley Hall allows students to become immersed in life in a wealthy merchant’s townhouse in the Middle Ages. Learn about the Snawsell family who lived here towards the end of the medieval period. You can discover how the remains of their home were uncovered and restored.

Why Choose Us for an Educational Visit

Your class can choose to have a guided tour of the rooms in the house with our costumed guides, who can tell you the story of the building. From its beginnings as accommodation for the Priors of Nostell to its loss and rediscovery by our archaeology team in the 1980s. Enjoy viewing the Hall dressed as it might have been for urban life in the late 1400s.

Subjects and Topics Covered

A range of topics can be covered from Key Stages 1-5.

Itineraries, Resources, and Workshops

Extend your visit with our 45-minute workshop sessions. Each aims to spark your pupils’ interest in the past by exploring a variety of fun and interesting themes. Designed with Key Stage 2 in mind, but suitable for all key stages, our learning team are happy to discuss your specific learning aims




Accessible by Public Transport, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome,


Cater for Educational Groups, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Shop, Toilets,


As Barley-Hall is an historic building, access for visitors who are wheelchair users is restricted to the ground floor of Barley-Hall





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    Opening Hours

    April – October : 10am-5pm
    November – March: 10am-4pm


    Adult    £6.50 
    *Child (5-16)    £3.50   
    Concessions    £5.00  
    **Family 4    £17.00   
    **Family 5    £20.00   

    An admission ticket to Barley-Hall allows the holder to unlimited FREE entry for 12 months from the date of purchase.

    *Please be aware that children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.

    **Maximum of 2 adults per family ticket.


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