- Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house which was hidden away under a derelict office block until the 1980s. It’s now been restored to replicate what it would have looked like in around 1483. Visitors can step back in time and discover what it would have been like to live in Medieval England, from sitting in the Great Hall and imagining themselves to be guests at a magnificent feast to pretending to be a school child in the schoolroom. There’s currently a brilliant Henry VIII exhibition which brings the rogue of a royal ruler to life.
It might be a little off the beaten track, but Barley Hall is well worth a detour. A real effort has been made to appeal to younger visitors, from clear and easy-to-understand displays to lots of interactive activities. The schoolroom has a selection of old toys to play with and there’s a fantastic stage complete with costumes, props and scripts which our kids love.
Good to know – Because of the age of the building, buggy access is not possible. The friendly staff will happily watch your buggy while you go round, however. There’s no cafe but you’re right in the centre of the city, so there’s plenty of places nearby for refreshments.
Venue: Barley Hall Opening Times: April to October, 10am to 5pm; November to March, 10am to 4pm Prices: From £6.50/£3.50 (5 to 16)/under 5s free Contact: Visit the website Address: Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, York, YO1 8AR