Discover York's Hidden Gems
Discover York's wonderful treasures tucked away in historic cobbled streets of the city. Marvel at the interior of Fairfax House, the finest Georgian townhouse or explore Merchant Adventurers' Hall, the most well preserved guild hall in Europe.
Go back in time in Barley Hall and experience the life in a medieval household or visit the Treasurer's House, one of the most haunted buildings in the world.
Delve deeper into York's ancient past and discover fascinating world-class attractions around every corner of the historic centre...
Step into a world of Secrecy and Spies...
The Bar Convent was founded in total secrecy at the end of the 17th century. Violent anti-Catholic laws meant the sisters lived in constant fear of punishment, imprisonment - or even death. Over the centuries their house on Blossom Street became a masterclass in the art of disguise, with winding corridors, a concealed priest hole and even an entire hidden chapel.
Today, England's oldest living convent has opened its doors to the public, welcoming those of all faiths and none to explore three-hundred-years of history.
Discover the convent's secrets in our state-of-the-art Exhibition, featuring the latest audio-visual technology alongside real artefacts. Relax in our peaceful garden, shop for unique souvenirs in our Gift Shop, or enjoy coffee and home-made cake in our award-winning Café.
Make Yourself at Home...
Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block and was only discovered when the building was going to be destroyed.
Barley Hall has now been lovingly restored to its original splendour and 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 & Glory; York in the Time of Henry VIII. Discover the impact this famous Tudor monarch had on the city in a new exhibition at Barley Hall. Includes costumes from Showtime’s ‘The Tudors’ and the classic BBC drama ‘Six Wives of Henry VIII’
The finest Georgian townhouse in England...
The winter home of Lord Fairfax, Fairfax House is one of the finest Georgian town house in England. Designed by 18th Century architect John Carr, it is an architectural masterpiece.
The 20th century history of Fairfax House is extensive - being used as a cinema and dance hall saved the house from decay and it can now be enjoyed once again as an example of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society.
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On the edge of the racecourse, just a stone’s throw away from the centre of York, sits Goddards, the home of the Terry family (think chocolate orange.)
Noel Goddard Terry was the owner of the famous chocolate-making company Terry’s of York. His family house was designed by architect Walter Brierly in the Arts and Crafts style, with four acres of gardens designed by George Dillistone. Relax in Terry family home, recreated with a warm atmosphere where you can sit down and pour yourself a sherry in the Drawing Room, or take a leisurely stroll around the garden rooms.
One of York’s great historic treasures and one of its best kept secrets...
York’s civic history is waiting to be uncovered in the Mansion House. The house contains a fascinating collection of Civic regalia and artefacts. From the simplicity of the hall way to the grandeur of the Stateroom, from seeking the secret drawers hidden in a bureau to discovering the chamber pot.
This fascinating building is just waiting to be discovered, conveniently located in the heart of the city in beautiful St Helen’s Square.
PLEASE NOTE: The Mansion House is currently closed for renovation. The building will reopen in late 2016.
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A 656-year-old meeting place...
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it.
The Hall also remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history.
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Two Kings, Two Gates, One City
Discover the story of medieval York during the reigns of Richard III and Henry VII
Explore two of York’s major monuments: Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar, located on the historic city walls and find out the role they played in the strife and ceremony that was shaped by the Wars of the Roses.
Experience the rebellion and conflict during the sixty years that spanned this turbulent period in English history.
Elegant town house dating from medieval times
Only a few metres from York Minster, Treasurer’s House was the first house ever given to the National Trust complete with a collection - and it is not all that it first seems. It has a history spanning 2,000 years including thirteen period rooms housing one man's remarkable collection of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles and paintings from a 300-year period.
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