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The Bar Convent

Location: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
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About Us

The Georgian house hiding a big secret…

Since 1686, the goings on at 17 Blossom Street have been York’s best kept secret. A secret that remained hidden for hundreds of years, until its residents felt safe enough to reveal it. To the outside world, this house was York’s first school for girls. To those in the know, it was hiding an illegal convent.

The English Reformation saw Catholicism banned and punishable by death, but this group of brave and determined women built a convent, including an entire chapel, under the watchful eyes of all of their suspicious neighbours. Today, more than 300 years later, it is the oldest active convent in England.

Discover this remarkable story of survival through stunning artefacts and engaging interactives in our fascinating exhibition. With special activities for our younger visitors, an award-winning café and garden, the Bar Convent is a unique experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Exhibition open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm (with last admissions from 4pm) - family tickets are just £10 (2 adults and 2 children).

For more information, please see our website ( or call 01904 643 238.

Events at The Bar Convent

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1st Aug 2021 - 31st Dec 2021

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Exhibition

The Georgian house hiding a big secret… Since 1686, the goings on at 17 Blossom Street have been York’s best kept secre…

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25th Oct 2021 - 6th Nov 2021

October Half Term- The Guy Fawkes Conspirator

25 October- 6 November (Not including Sunday) 10am-5pm (Last admission 4pm) Self-led trail Included in admission You mi…

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5th Nov 2021

‘Slate-coloured Gowns and Hoods:’ the Bar Convent story

Free Zoom talk November 5, 2pm November 2021 brings the 335th birthday of what is now known as the Bar Convent, but whe…

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30th Nov 2021 - 21st Dec 2021

The Bar Convent at Christmas

30 November- 21 December (Not including Sundays) For those looking for a meaningful, affordable and classic Christmas l…

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