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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ, England
+44 1904 464901
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England's oldest living convent.

An amazing place used by both religious and secular organisations and individuals. Fascinating... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pumpkinbaz
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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
A hidden gem

The star of the show is the hidden chapel! The dome above the altar is simply stunning. However the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
628audreyb
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London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ, England
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+44 1904 464901
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The star of the show is the hidden chapel! The dome above the altar is simply stunning. However the history of the origins of the order still in residence is fascinating. The interactive exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the courage and determination of a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked here for one night and were greeted with such a warm welcome. We were surrounded by history as well as good hospitality. The Convent is just outside the city walls, but an easy walk from the station. There is a public car park...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

The rooms are clean and well presented. There are a good selections of Fairtrade teas and also hot chocolate and coffee. Towels and toiletries are provided. Staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was of a good standard. I would definitely stay again. The...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Really interesting. About 15 minutes walk from city. Lots of information about the reformation and they had story boards and videos. They have spent a lot of money and I hope it gets the visitors.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

We had seen the Bar Convent on previous visits to York but never stayed. Cannot believe how convenient it is to the centre of York and the Railway Station. It was so convenient not to bring the car. I'm not totally sure what we expected......More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The new displays are very different from those of our last visit, telling new stories as well as informing of life within the convent. on entry the displays tell the story of the catholic church in England, including, under the stairs, the terrifying sounds that...More

1  Thank thomas g
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Well worth the visit. Thought-provoking historical exhibition with interactive displays - try the priest's hole for a heart-thumping experience - beautiful calm chapel and cosy cafe.

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

A wonderful look at the history of this Convent, which started in secret over 300 years ago. Information is given by boards and video, and some very interesting artifacts

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We lived in York 20 odd years ago but never appreciated the Bar Convent. I had been to work meetings there but this was the first time we learnt something of the history. The story of the convent and Catholic persecution from Henry VIII onwards...More

Thank John A
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Yvonne M
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We were on the top floor and there were two flights of stairs from the lobby, but also a very convenient elevator.
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