Barley Hall is a former medieval building which has been turned into a museum. The house was restored from the 1980s on and gives the visitor an idea of how it was to live in medieval York. Several exhibitions, temporary as well as permanent ones, are centered also around medieval life in York. Barley Hall’s oldest parts date back to 1360. Its most famous resident was William Snawsell, a wealthy businessman and once Lord Mayor of York. Today, it is kept by the archeologic trust.
When at Barley Hall ask for the discount ticket for the “hidden secrets” of York. If you pay the full price at one of these attractions, you will only pay half the price at the other four. The “hidden secrets” are Barley Hall, the Richard III museum, Micklebar Gate Museum, the Roman Bath and the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.
Barley Hall is a complex of medieval buildings in York. They are turned into a museum where you can experience how people lived in those days. You can even dress up in costumes to feel "original" at no extra charge.
We didn't go inside but just had a look from the outside. The day was too lovely to hang around a museum really!!!
Barley Hall is a fantastic town house in the middle of the tightly packed streets, it stayed hidden for years having been incorporated into and around various other buildings and was only discovered when a office block was going to be demolished.
Thje original hall dates from around 1360, when the Hall was built as the townhouse of Nostell Priory a Monestery near to Wakefield. It has been reconstructed and decorated as it would have looked around 1483 when it was the home to the Snawsell family.
It contains what is probably the only Horn window in England as well as fantastic high ceilings and beautiful exposed timber frames.
Summer - April to October: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm (with last entry 4pm)
School and Bank Holidays: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm (Ring for details)
Winter - November to March: Monday-Sunday 10am-4pm (with last entry 3pm)
Child (5-15) £3.00
Family 4 £13.50
Family 5 £15.00
unlimited free entry for 12 months with your admission ticket!
Friday 15th - Closed all day
Wednesday 20th - Closed all day
Thursday 21st - Last admissions 1pm
Friday 22nd - Last admission 1pm
Saturday 23rd - Last admission 3pm
Saturday 30th - Closed all day
Tuesday 23rd - First admission 12pm
Monday 29th - First admission 12pm
Tuesday 4th - Closed all day
Barley Hall is a lovely Medieval Town house dating from 1485. At that time it was the residence of Alderman William Snawsell, goldsmith and Mayor of York. The Snawsell family lived here for 20 years. In 1540 the hall was confiscated by the Crown and divided into smaller properties.
In 1985 this wonderful buidling was expertly re-constructed to reflect it's former glory. Now you can wander through the rooms as they were in 1485 and try on the clothes of that period and sit by the original tables waiting to be served on!
See the website below for opening times and prices.