Barley Hall is York’s Home of Christmas

Father Christmas brings a traditional Christmas to Barley Hall

Issued 25/11/2014

The medieval townhouse, one home to the Mayor of York, is getting ready to welcome the festive season with a series of special events.

Visitors to Barley Hall are in for a treat this weekend with the arrival of a festive medieval market within the timber-beamed building. The 4 day event, which starts on Thursday 27th November from 10am and coincides with the start of the popular St Nicholas Christmas Fayre, will give visitors the chance to pick up some unique gifts for their loved ones, from medieval jewelry to delicious speciality chocolates.

Head of Festivals and Events at York Archaeological Trust, the owners of Barley Hall, Danielle Daglan commented:

“Christmas can be a stressful time for families, so we have created a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can explore the festive stalls at their leisure, discover some unique gifts and then relax in our Barley Hall tavern stocked with traditional wines and ales. All this, within a beautiful medieval hall.”

This is not the end of the Christmas experience at the hall, they are also offering young visitors the chance of an audience with Father Christmas for a traditional experience over two weekends in December, where the great man himself will send personalised invitations out to his guests before the day. For lovers of music from the Middle Ages there will be the opportunity to join medieval minstrels Trouvere as they present a festive programme of Christmas tales and musical compositions from the period.

Admission to the Festive Medieval Market, which runs from 27th to 30th November is £2 for adults, £1 for concessions or £5 for a family of four.

More information on Barley Hall’s Christmas programme can be found at


Notes to Editor
Festive Medieval Market – Part of York’s St Nicholas Christmas Fayre
Thurs 27th to Sun 30th, 10am to 5pm
Adult: £2 Conc: £1 Family of Four: £5

Festive Fun & Meet Father Christmas
Sat 6th, Sun 7th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th December. £12 per child including refreshments, gift and take home craft activity.
Pre-booking only: 01904 615505

A Medieval Christmas with Trouvere
Thurs 18th December, from 7:30pm
Adults £10, conc: £8
Pre-booking only: 01904 615505

About Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered.

The hall is part of the JORVIK Group of Attractions, which is owned by York Archaeological Trust, a registered charity in England & Wales (No.509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846) includes:

JORVIK Viking Centre – which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014

DIG – An Archaeological Adventure

The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar – New for 2014

The Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar – New for 2014.

For more information on The JORVIK Group visit


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