As part of the York medieval pass card where you buy it once and get entry all year to Barley Hall, the Henry VII museum at Micklegate Bar and the Richard III museum at Monks Bar, I decided it was about time I visited this secluded medieval house just off the Shambles. It’s a little hard to find as it’s down a bit of an alley so you have to keep your eyes peeled for the sign.
Barley Hall lay undiscovered until the 1980s, which seems incredible in such a well known and large town but it was hidden beneath modern bricks and extensions. It has been renovated to look like the original medieval town house of the mid 15th century, and has the advantage that all the displays are interactive and touchable- something I’m sure kids would love even more than I did as a history teacher.
There are several rooms to explore, and all with really interesting info boards, plus some interactive tech screens to see the real artefacts that obviously can’t be left on display to touch in real life. There is a lot of information (which I loved) not just about the Hall, but life in medieval York in general, and an emphasis on Henry VIII’s visit to York. There’s also a lot of games, dressing up and a Horrible Histories tent for kids, which is nice to see. It’s a good way to spend an hour or so, and I’ll be heading to the two other museums soon to see what they have to offer.