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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 12 September 2018
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 7 September 2018
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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 24 September 2018

We were hoping to enjoy brunch in the cafe and were at the counter ordering tea, coffee and cakes and baked beans on toast for the children, when all of a sudden the clock stuck 11 o'clock, and we were told that the kitchen was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BrythonMorgan
Reviewed 12 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank misty1943
Reviewed 28 August 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carole Jayne H
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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.