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Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a medieval Mayor of York, William Snawsell.

Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered. The building has now been lovingly restored to its original splendour with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall.


New for 2015: POWER AND GLORY- York in the time of Henry VIII

Explore the dramatic changes in the role of the church, the guilds and the civic authorities in York at the time of Henry VIII. Discover the archaeology, first-hand accounts of life in the city and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty-eight year reign.

Includes costumes from some of the most popular TV and film dramatizations of his time on the English throne including Showtime’s 'The Tudors' and those seen in the BBC’s classic series ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII." See more here>

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