The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre
4.5
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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* Fully open from Sept 1 Discover the history of England's oldest living convent- York's best kept secret since 1686. Discover York's fascinating religious history and how the convent survived times of turmoil, persecution and two world wars in our fascinating exhibiton and stunning 18th century Hidden Chapel. Hear the incredible stories of the Yorkshire martyr Margaret Clitherow, the radical pioneer of women's religious orders and education, Mary Ward, and about the followers of Mary Ward, the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus, who still live in the convent today. Our wonderful cafe serves award-winning breakfasts, light lunches and some of the best cakes and scones in York- on warmer days, don't miss the opportunity to dine in our tranquil private gardens. Did you know you can stay here? For an unforgettable and unique experience, enjoy a break in our guest house, ideally located close to York railway station and at the foot of Micklegate Bar Walls.
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SuePattle
bury st edmunds40 contributions
Decided to go and find this heritage centre after hearing about it on our ‘ Bloody Tour ‘ . Was definitely worth finding and learning all about the history, through the excellent exhibition? The hidden chapel is stunning and make sure you find the hidden priest hole and the ‘ hand ‘ . There is a beautiful relaxing garden where you can enjoy some treats from the cafe.
Written 5 August 2022
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Chapbillsmith
Salisbury, UK94 contributions
A well set out exhibition telling the story of the first Covent for women in the country. Two levels and a lot to see and read.
Written 29 July 2022
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abc
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I was really impressed by the museum and overall experience. It is good information covering both the reformation/religious conflicts as well as the convent and other nuns. and it all flows together. Beautiful chapel hidden away as well. and the people were lovely!
Written 12 May 2022
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Frances
Cambridgeshire, UK7 contributions
Good value cafe with tasty fare and friendly staff. Also enjoyed the exhibition, and visit to the lovely chapel
Written 24 April 2022
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GirlsAboutTown
Edinburgh66 contributions
Friends
What a beautiful, inspiring place with a fascinating history behind it. David gave us so much interesting information. Everyone we met was so kind and helpful. Definitely recommend a visit.
Written 15 April 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK611 771 contributions
Friends
The Bar Convent Building is a very historic building in York,it's actually the Convent Of The Institute Of The Blessed Virgin and is one of the oldest Catholic convents in England being established in 1686 .
Constructed by architects Thomas Atkinson and G.W. andrews and designed in a combination of Neoclassical and Georgian style architecture that's so pleasing on the eye ,it's a Grade I listed building,so photogenic,makes for some great photographic opportunities ,it's most definitely well worth checking out if you're walking down Blossom Street.
Written 3 April 2022
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Alexis
Sunderland, UK194 contributions
Visited here while on a short break to York and to our disappointment we found most of the museums in York were closed until midweek. We found Bar Convent open and what a fantastic informative little museum. The chapel is so peaceful and beautiful. The cafe is an additional treat.
Written 4 February 2022
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-medvem-
manchester223 contributions
Friends
We had an interesting visit and a nice healthy reasonably priced meal in peacful surroundings. High ceilings where we ate madecit feel quite covid secure and airy. Helpful staff let us leave luggage while we looked round. Peaceful ptivate garden hidden just by busy road
Written 22 January 2022
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victoria
Nottingham, UK11 contributions
Solo
Really good exhibition. And the chapel is beautiful. Delicious scones and a good cup Of tea in the cafe. Well worth a visit.
Written 25 November 2021
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A J
Stevenage, UK86 contributions
Couples
Fleeting visit on our last day in York. Only managed to see the Secret Chapel upstairs. Beautifully looked after. Light and airy. Relic of Saint Margaret Clitherow. Very welcoming staff. Free to visit chapel. Cafe area downstairs which seemed popular. Located not far from the train station.
Written 6 November 2021
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