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Closed for refurbishment
until August 2015.

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Bar Convent Trust
Registered Charity 294320
17 Blossom Street, York,
North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ


Closing For Refurbishment

From 30th March until early September 2015, the Bar Convent is undergoing an exciting transformation as part of the Living Heritage Project.  We’re installing a brand new exhibition experience, new gift shop, completing the refurbishment of our guesthouse and conference rooms, and improving access.

Please note that, as we upgrade the Guest House we are not able to accommodate guests at this time. Many of our guests already appreciate the improvements that we have made to many of our rooms and so our plans are to refurbish the rest of the guest house to the same high standard.  The refurbishment will provide us with more en-suite facilities, beautifully decorated rooms and 2 superior rooms created by a celebrity designer.  As a charity, we are still committed to providing affordable accommodation in the centre of York and so, as well as our excellent value for money en-suite rooms, we will still retain 4 refurbished shared facilities rooms at very competitive rates to enable everyone to visit our beautiful convent and city.

We look forward to welcoming you back and showing you our new rooms and facilities from September onwards.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Our customers constantly tell us that staying at The Bar Convent is a fabulous and totally unique experience. 

We were a finalist for Best B&B in York: The People’s Choice in Visit York’s tourism awards in May 2014. We were also awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor as a result of receiving consistently positive Customer Feedback

Customers regularly tell us that they appreciate our convenient location, flexibility, room cleanliness and excellent value for money accommodation – as well as our delicious cooked or continental breakfasts, for which we were awarded a coveted Visit England Breakfast Award in 2014.

Our location is ideal. We’re just around the corner from York Railway Station and next to the historic city walls at Micklegate Bar, making it an easy 5-10 minute walk into the City Centre. See our location page for further details and maps.

Regardless of whether your visit is for business or pleasure, you will receive a warm welcome from our Guest House Manager, Lesley Baines or her team, who will show you our facilities and settle you into your accommodation. We provide privacy, with a strong sense of old fashioned service and friendship in our magnificent heritage home.  If you need advice, (e.g. recommendations on where to eat, directions etc) please ask, we regularly help our residents with all sorts of things. 

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Check in is from 3pm to 9.30pm unless special arrangements have been made in advance.

When you have finalised your travel arrangements, it is appreciated if you would kindly call us with your expected time of arrival.  Please telephone the Housekeeper's Office on 01904 464902 during office hours (9am - 5pm) or leave a message on our answer phone and we will call you back to confirm.  If you’re outside of this time (i.e. between 5 – 9.30pm), call our Evening Receptionist on 07840 345544.

If you arrive between 5pm and 9.30pm the front door will be locked for security reasons, so please ring the door bell located on the left hand side of the door and the Evening Receptionist will welcome you, if you’re struggling to be heard, call our Evening Receptionist on 07840 345544.

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Breakfast is served in the café from:

  • 07.45 - 9:30am Monday - Saturday
  • 08.15 - 10am Sunday

A continental style breakfast is included in the room price and served in our café. This includes juice, choice of cereals, toast, croissants, yogurt and fresh fruit. 

A full English breakfast is also available. 

Unlike many other accommodation providers, we also offer a fully equipped kitchen for guests to use, which is ideal for evening snacks when you just feel like a few home comforts during your stay. This is particularly useful for families with small children or business travellers who want the facilities a home would provide.

For those who prefer to spoil themselves we offer home cooked food in our legendary Café for lunches, morning coffee and afternoon tea. We have an excellent bean-to-cup coffee machine serving Fairtrade Latte, Cappuccino and Mocha coffees to leisurely drink in our peaceful garden, cafe or just take back to your room with a good book.

York has a vast selection of places to eat out, so we simply offer a selection of homemade cold plated meals in the evening, which can be ordered if you prefer to stay in for a change.  Please speak to the Housekeeper who will be happy to help.

There are ample bathrooms, toilets and showers available on each floor and all towels and linen are supplied. FREE wi-fi internet access is available in most rooms. Sittings rooms with TVs are located on the 1st and 2nd floors. 

Access For Guests With Disabilities
Wheelchair access via a large lift leads to the disabled toilet on the 1st floor. The passenger lift serves the 1st and 2nd floors, but access to the 3rd floor is via the stairs. View Accessibility Details.

Please contact the Housekeeper on 01904 464902 to discuss disabled access further.

Business Travellers
We welcome business travellers.  Many of our team have worked away from home for months, so we know what’s essential.  We offer something unique...a more personal, homely and flexible environment than a hotel, but with the peace and privacy to work or unwind.

We offer modern business facilities, but inside heritage surroundings at cost effective rates.  Free WIFI is available to all residents and fax/email facilities can be arranged via our Reception Office.  Plated meals can also be arranged from our café.

We have four meeting rooms and full conference catering facilities available with audio digital and conference call facilities.  Our rooms are perfect for training, meetings and conferences with up to 80 delegates - at hotel beating rates!  
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Car Parking
There is a Pay & Display long stay car park just opposite the Bar Convent on Nunnery  Lane. This car park now has facilities to Park and Pay by phone on arrival. The number to call is 0870 4283854. Quote location number 7709 and you will be able to select the number of hours you wish to pay for using your credit/debit card.

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If this car park is full then alternative parking is available at the railway station or by using the Park and Ride car park at Askham Bar. 

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Group Bookings
In the case of group bookings a bond will be required i.e. valid credit card details or a sum of £100. This money will be refunded at the end of the visit provided the Housekeeper is satisfied with the condition of the allocated rooms.  See our Guest House Terms & Conditions.

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If you require assistance or wish to discuss your requirements further, please call the Housekeeper on 01904 464902. 

Office open Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm. 
An answerphone is available outside these hours.
Please leave your name, number and a short message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.


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