Christmas Shoppers Urged to Ditch Online in Favour of Medieval Browsing in York

festive medieval market at barley hall

Issued 18/11/2015

With more and more of us planning to do the majority of our Christmas shopping online this year* we may run the risk of giving our loved ones a collection of uninspired presents or worst of all, gift vouchers. Fortunately the staff at Barley Hall, York, are organising a festive shopping treat stocked full of unique gifts.

The reconstructed medieval townhouse, which was once home to the Lord Mayor of York, is nestled between the busy shopping streets of Stonegate and Swinegate, close to York Minster, and will play host to one of the most unique Christmas market experiences in the county.

“The traders who come to Barley Hall have been specially selected for the quality of goods they are offering, some of which are handmade, so our visitors should have no trouble in finding the perfect gift for that special someone they wouldn’t find anywhere else.”

Said Danielle Daglan, Head of Festivals, Events and Hospitality for York Archaeological Trust, the owners of Barley Hall.

Indeed, with handcrafted leather goods, traditional tableware and jewellery on offer, as well as seasonal food and drink available to purchase there will be no need to click on the mouse buttons this year.

The shopping may be important but the experience itself is not to be missed; the medieval Hall will be dressed to showcase a traditional Christmas and a special tavern will be set up in the exhibition gallery on the first floor, serving warming winter favourites like mulled wine, Bailey’s hot chocolate, mince pies and more.

“We’re lucky this year that the upstairs exhibition gallery is playing host to ‘Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII’ which chronicles life in the city during the reign of that famous Tudor monarch. A key part of York’s culture was the tavern, where men and women would come to gossip about the news of the day. As the exhibition has a recreation of a Tudor tavern we thought it foolish not to use it! This addition will further immerse our visitors into the past and is an experience they most certainly couldn’t get online shopping.”

Commented Danielle.

Barley Hall’s Festive Medieval Market takes place Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th November and is part of the wider York’s St Nicholas Christmas Fayre. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 conc. & £5 for a family of four. More information can be found at


Notes to Editors

*An estimated 76% of consumers are planning to do the majority of their Christmas shopping online according to a survey undertaken by logisitics firm Yodel.

Image Caption: York’s Barley Hall decorated for their Festive Medieval Market, which runs 26th to 29th November.

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.

New exhibition for 2015/16 – Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII

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