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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Interesting find

5 minutes walk away from the city centre this convent has an exhibition detailing the history of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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Morning Coffee

Beautifully well preserved Convent. Lovely cafe area where I met a friend from my schooldays (who... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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This museum documents early Christianity in the north of England and features the story of Mary Ward, founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a pioneer of women's education and religious orders.
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17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ, England
+44 1904 464901
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

5 minutes walk away from the city centre this convent has an exhibition detailing the history of the building and of the women who had lived there. Very interesting. The hidden Chapel was a nice surprise. There is a cafe on site that does cakes...More

Thank Nicola81677
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully well preserved Convent. Lovely cafe area where I met a friend from my schooldays (who suggested going there for coffee). There is also a small shop where oe can buy souvenirs and learn more about the Bar Convent. There is also a "hidden garden"...More

Thank misty1943
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the Convent to visit as my friend was a pupil there. It is no longer a school but a tourist attraction and working open convent but it's definitely not a quiet place. It has a very cheery, happy atmosphere. What an interesting...More

Thank Travel-Eat53
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Visited the museum,very informative, you just make your own way round,gift shop here as well, had tea and cake/scone in cafe and the home baking was absolutely fabulous, I'm so glad we went here as we love home baking and the portion sizes were generous.

Thank Hotpants54
Reviewed 20 July 2018

This convent has a great history about the struggle of women to have a place in religion centuries ago. The museum is well laid out, and takes you through the people involved and the history they made. Wonderful gift shop also. And just across the...More

Thank Jannyb414
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Although it's located close to the railway station, I would not describe it as being easy to find but it's well worth a visit. We were given a tour by a very knowledgeable gentleman who told us all about the history of the place and...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This was a revelation to me. Although many will know the history of attack under the Tudors, the idea of a convent hidden within a school is interesting

Thank meaney_george
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Both worth a visit. Interesting museum and wonderful cafe with good food (especially the scones) and a lovely garden to sit in if the weather permits.

Thank Christine W
Reviewed 18 June 2018

After I have seen the chapel in a British TV show I always wanted to visit this place. I wasn't dissapointed. The story of the Convent is very interesting and you can experience it first handed by entering the Chapel, for instance. I recommend visiting...More

Thank Oscar L
Reviewed 19 May 2018

An amazing place used by both religious and secular organisations and individuals. Fascinating Recusant museum with new, interactive displays and something hidden inside the building (not giving anything away here). The nuns who don't wear habits are around but in no way intrusive. But do...More

Thank pumpkinbaz
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Yvonne M
13 January 2018|
Response from bigskymj | Reviewed this property |
We were on the top floor and there were two flights of stairs from the lobby, but also a very convenient elevator.