We have made sure that all our visitors can enjoy a safe visit, while still experiencing everything that Barley Hall has to offer.
We have new procedures for social distancing, hygiene, and visitor interaction, and visitors will need to pre-book online or by calling 01904 615505. Please note that our opening hours may vary - check www.barleyhall.co.uk for the most up to date details.
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Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern façade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history revealed.
The building has now been lovingly restored to its original splendour with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall.
Plus, discover our exhibition: Magic & Mystery, which explores the often fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval society.
Galleries invite you to explore the role of magic in the everyday lives of people living in the Middle Ages. Displays investigate the individuals pronounced in written records as witches and wizards; the ‘science’ of magic, alchemy and experimentation; protective charms and forecasting the future through prophecies and dreams.
Please note that Barley Hall is an historic building and features uneven floors, narrow stairs and steps between rooms. Facilities such as accessible toilets and a lift are unavailable due to the nature of the building.