Tourist Time - Part 2 (Barley Hall)

August 23, 2016

Well we started the week with a bang and a scorching day at Flamingo Land and the fun continued.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, we were joined by my youngest sister, Finty and we headed out and about York, exploring the sights.


The purpose was to try and visit places we'd never been to before so following a walk into the centre, we started our tourist trail at Barley Hall and we were not disappointed.


I go past Barley Hall on my running tour but know very little about the building, save for that it was only discovered and restored in the 1980s (I also know that it hosts kids parties as I've dropped my eldest at a party there when she was a little princess for a medieval themed bash)!  It is a cracking building and much bigger than I thought.


It's right in the centre of York but is well hidden so can be easily missed by tourists.


I had worried that there wouldn't be enough to do to entertain my kids but I was proven wrong.  They generally find looking around old buildings "boring" but there were loads of activities for them to do in Barley Hall from dressing up, putting on a show, playing games and even watching about the Tudors whilst the grown ups explored and read through all the info about the building and renovations.


I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting York (with or without kids).  It's pretty cheap to get in and your ticket is then valid for a year so you can come and go whenever you want.


The chap at the ticket desk was great too - he was previously a tourist guide around York and knew his stuff.  Well worth the visit when you come through to York.


Here are some photos - proof that there is plenty to keep the kids well entertained (and further proof that my family are bonkers)!



After the fun and games at Barley Hall, we had a quick stroll around Holy Trinity Church (just off Goodramgate).  A tiny church tucked away from the hustle and bustle of York's streets.  If you are looking for a quiet spot to have your lunch or to rest your achey feet, then the church's small gardens are the perfect place.





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