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Barley Hall is a hands-on "living museum", letting visitors experience life in a 15th century house in the centre of York. This is one historic attraction where you are encouraged to touch and pick up exhibits. Sit on the chairs, open chests, and generally explore the house as you choose.
You can follow costumed guides as they escort groups through the hall, or hire an audio tape tour. On summer weekends there are special period events, such as mystery plays and medieval markets.
Editor's note: Barley Hall doesn't get the attention it deserves in most guides to York. We enjoyed our visit enormously - it is not a glamourous or glitzy 'attraction' but a wonderful, largely authentic, glimpse into what life was like in historic York. Barley Hall was one of the most enjoyable stops we made while visiting York, and our children really loved it.
Photos of Barley Hall (click on a thumbnail image to see a larger version)
About Barley Hall
Address: 2 Coffee Yard, Stonegate, York, Yorkshire, England, YO1 8AR
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: just S of York Minster
Website: Barley Hall
Phone: 01904 615505
OS: SE603 521
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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