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Beasts at Barley Hall! A new exhibition at York’s medieval gem

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We’re big fans of Barley Hall, one of York’s hidden gems, and now there’s a new reason to visit: a brand new exhibition that’s open in time for the summer holidays. Beasts At Barley Hall is the latest creation from York Archaeology’s exhibition and interpretations team, showcasing some of the weird and wonderful animal-related finds unearthed in and around York over the last 50 years.  From a chess piece carved from a horse’s molar tooth to part of a quill from a porcupine and a comb made out of elephant ivory, these items tell us about crafts, travel, trade and treasures that would have graced York’s households in the medieval period.

The exhibition is set across the whole of Barley Hall, including the small courtyard garden and the Butler’s Pantry.  Different parts of the exhibition will highlight the role of hunting in medieval society, heraldry and an illuminated ‘bestiary’ manuscript. Barley Hall is a great place to visit with kids, and this new exhibition will include hands-on activities for children, new interpretation boards, audio stories and more.

Need to refuel after your visit? Barley Hall Coffee Shop is a lovely spot for a drink and cake. Once home to Thomas Gent’s printing shop, it was also once an 18th century coffee house. If the sun’s shining, try to grab a table in the lovely courtyard.

Admission prices for Barley Hall are £9.00 for adults, £7.25 for concessions and £5.25 for children, with family tickets available from £24.50 (two adults and two children).  For more information, or to prebook a visit, please see barleyhall.co.uk.

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