The Bar Convent Living Heritage Exhibition

Be inspired by over 300 years of history at England’s oldest living convent.

The Bar Convent on Blossom Street was established in 1686 as a school for girls. Today, the grade I listed buildings are open to the public. Visit our interactive exhibition to discover York’s fascinating religious history and how the convent survived times of turmoil, persecution and two world wars. Hear the incredible stories of the radical Yorkshire nun and pioneer Mary Ward, Yorkshire martyr Margaret Clitherow and the charitable work of the Sisters all across the world.

Our stunning 18th century Hidden Chapel is a remarkable example of how Catholics continued to worship in secret at a time when their religion was punishable by death. See how this magnificent domed chapel was cleverly disguised from the outside world and incorporated innovative features designed to keep its occupants safe - can you find the hidden priest hole and spot the eight doorways for a quick escape?

Enjoy homemade traditional treats in our award-winning café - don’t miss the popular Afternoon Tea which can be taken in our beautiful walled gardens.
This exhibition is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Adults are £5, concessions are £4 and children are £2. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available for £10.
17 Blossom Street, York, North Yorkshire YO24 1AQ
Today to Sat 24 Oct, Mon 26 Oct to Sat 31 Oct
Contact telephone: 01904 643 238 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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