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The Bar Convent Exhibition

The Bar Convent Exhibition


The story of The Bar Convent begins with a secret.

In 1686, a time of great danger for all Catholics in England, a woman named Frances Bedingfield purchased a small parcel of land just outside York's walls. She signed the deed under an alias. The ladies who then lived and worked beneath the building's dull slate roof wore slate-coloured gowns, and called themselves the 'Ladies of the Bar'.

Nobody knew the truth they concealed. For the early sisters of The Bar Convent, discovery meant punishment - and even death.

Over the three centuries that followed, the Community were no strangers to strife. Their home has been at times a school, a hospital ward, a refuge and a bomb-site, emerging into the present day in its current guise: the Living Heritage Centre. Every corner of the building has a tale to tell.

Brand new for 2015, our state-of-the-art Exhibition will inspire you with the story of the Bar Convent, told through the latest audio-visual technology and interactive displays.

Discover three hundred years of history and the remarkable people who have shaped it. Meet the radical Yorkshire nun and pioneer Mary Ward, whose devotion to her cause took her on foot across the Alps - twice. Learn about secrets and spies, angry mobs and Luftwaffe bombs. Hide yourself away inside a priest hole - then find out how to hide an entire chapel.

Opening details

Closed Christmas & Easter


Family ticket includes 2 adults and 2 children, with up to four extra children allowed at an additional £1 each. Concessions includes OAPs and students with valid ID. Children under the age of six are free.



See location of The Bar Convent on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 596513  Lat: 53.95481 Long: -1.09186

Turn right out of York Rail Station and the convent is opposite Micklegate Bar - no more than a five minute walk.

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The Bar Convent

01904 643238


17 Blossom Street,
YO24 1AQ


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed


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