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The Bar Convent

York's best kept secret since 1686
Location: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
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About Us

In 1686, a mysterious woman named Mrs Long bought a house on Blossom Street in York. To the outside world, Mrs Long and her simply-dressed companions were widows who kept to themselves. To those in the know, Mrs Long's real name was Mother Bedingfield - and she had just founded an illegal Catholic convent.

At a time when the Catholic faith was still punishable by death, Mother Bedingfield risked her life by operating a secret school for girls under the watchful eyes of her neighbours. Today, more than 300 years later, the Bar Convent is open to the public and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Discover a remarkable story of survival through our fascinating year-round exhibition, featuring interactive displays alongside original artefacts. With special activities for our younger visitors, plus an award-winning café and garden, the Bar Convent is a unique experience for the whole family to enjoy. You can even stay overnight with us - we're highly-rated on TripAdvisor.

Our exhibition is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm with last admissions at 4pm. No need to book in advance. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costs £10 and concessions are available.

For more information, visit our website.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm with last admissions at 4pm. Closed on Bank Holidays and some dates over Easter and Christmas - please see our website for details.

Events at The Bar Convent

10am to 4pm free admission to the building charge for exhibition entry 1
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15th Oct 22 , 10:00 (6h 0m)

The Bar Convent- Unlocked

Join the Bar Convent as we take part in York Unlocked on Saturday 15th October. Ever wondered where those eight escape …

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8th Nov 22 , 14:00 (1h 0m)

Opening up to the World- with Sister Patricia Harriss CJ

Using the house diaries from 1866 to 1925, Sr Patricia Harriss CJ explores life at the convent following 150 years in h…

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23rd Nov 22 , 19:00 (0h 0m)

Wine Tasting Evening

Join us for at England's oldest living convent for a wine tasting evening with local expert Geoff Walker. Against a bac…

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