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Barley Hall

A hidden medieval townhouse
Location: 2 Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR
01904 615505 Call Us
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About Us

Barley Hall is a picturesque medieval townhouse tucked away down one of the oldest streets in York. Once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York, Barley Hall 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. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home, sit on the chairs and experience what it would have been like to live in medieval England.

Pre-booking online, or by calling 01904 615505, is advisable.

The Bard at Barley Hall

Explore the history of York through the drama of Shakespeare at this brand new exhibition. Discover costumes from popular plays, including Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, dress up and perform your own scenes on the interactive stage, and view exhibits from York Archaeology's own collections. Book your visit today and discover Barley Hall's unlikely role in the revival of Elizabethan theatre in England. Find out more.

Barley Hall Coffee Shop

Continue your historic exploration of York with a relaxing hot drink in the new Barley Hall Coffee Shop. More than a café, immerse yourself in the history of our newest venue, once home to Thomas Gent’s printing shop and an 18th-Century coffee house. Perfect for refreshment indoors, or al fresco in the aptly-named Coffee Yard.

Please note that Barley Hall is a 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. Please call 01904 615505 to discuss your access requirements or visit our website.

Barley Hall is tucked away down one of the oldest streets in York. Watch these videos to find us:

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