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The Bar Convent

Heritage Centre

The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ

Tel: 01904 643238

The Bar Convent Heritage Centre

About

The story of the Bar Convent begins with a secret. 

In 1686, a time when Catholicism was punishable by death, a group of devout women who called themselves the 'Ladies of the Bar', risked their lives to establish a hidden convent and the first school for girls in York.

Visit our fascinating exhibition to discover how the Convent survived times of persection, angry mobs and Luftwaffe bombs and hear the stories of the remarkable women who helped shape its history- and still live here today.   

Our stunning Hidden Chapel is an incredible example of how devout catholics continued to worship in secret. See how this magnificent domed chapel was so cleverly disguised from the outside world and incorporated astonishing innovative features designed to keep its occupants safe- can you find our hidden priet hole and spot the eight doorways for a quick escape?

Don't miss a visit to our award-winning cafe, gift shop and, for a truly unique experience, you can even stay in our guest house.To book direct click HERE.

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Opening Times

* The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre is fully open

Guide Prices

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.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Finalist York Tourism Awards Finalist 2016

Road Directions

Turn right out of York Rail Station and the convent is opposite Micklegate Bar - no more than a five minute walk.Park & Ride: With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier. www.yorkparkandride.co.ukThe nearest railway station is York Station, which is 1 mile away.

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