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.
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.
- Disabled toilets
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Groups welcome
- Coach parties accepted