25th May 2016

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

All of the staff and the sisters at The Bar Convent are very proud to announce we’ve been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. The award reflects our consistently great reviews on TripAdvisor. We’d like to thank all of our kind reviewers for their feedback, and thank you to our hard-working staff as well!

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23rd May 2016

Archbishop Sentamu’s Pilgrimage

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, stopped in recently as he came to the end of his six-month walking pilgrimage across the diocese. Prayers were held in the chapel, followed by lunch in the café.

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19th May 2016

3000 Visitors!

We’re celebrating at the Bar Convent after welcoming our 3000th visitor to the Exhibition since opening in October. Our lucky milestone visitor is Sylvia from Sydney in Australia, pictured here with our Audience Development Manager, Jerry. A goodie bag of Bar Convent wine and chocolate is now Sylvia’s to keep.

Everyone at the convent is very proud to have welcomed so many people through our doors since October. Despite winter flooding, we’ve attracted more visitors in six months than we did for an entire year of our old museum. We believe it’s a great sign of things to come.

Thanks for visiting, Sylvia – we hope you enjoy your goodie bag.

You can read more about the Exhibition here on our website, or give us a call to discuss group visits and tours – 01904 464 903.

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6th April 2016

Secrets of Great British Castles

We recently had a hugely exciting visit from historian, writer and TV presenter Dan Jones, who came with a Channel 5 production team to film an upcoming episode of ‘Secrets of Great British Castles‘. The episode will touch upon the inspirational story of the famous York martyr Margaret Clitherow, of whom we keep a relic in our chapel.

Pictured below is Dan with our General Manager James, who was interviewed for the programme. We were thrilled to meet Dan and share with him some of our fascinating history.

Dates for broadcasting have yet to be announced, but we promise to keep you updated.

We’re also very pleased to announce that, in order to protect and preserve Margaret Clitherow’s relic for the future, it will shortly be housed in a new reliquary. The reliquary is being designed and built by Leach, the fantastic team behind our new Exhibition. We hope the new display will allows visitors a better opportunity to come and learn of Margaret’s life and story.

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15th March 2016

Easter Closing Dates 2016

The final night to stay with us in the Guest House before we close for Easter this year will be Wednesday 23rd March 2016, checking out on the morning of Thursday 24th.

The Café, Exhibition and Gift Shop will be open as usual on Thursday 24th March, closing for Easter at 4pm.

We will then be closed Good Friday (25th), Easter Saturday (26th), Easter Sunday (27th) and Easter Monday (28th), reopening fully on Tuesday 29th March.

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28th January 2016

First School Visit of 2016

We’d like to say a big thank you to the boys and girls from St George’s Primary in York, who recently became the first school group to visit our new Exhibition.

The young pupils did a fantastic job of testing our learning resources for us, thoroughly exploring the priest hole, and asking plenty of questions. They were accompanied on their visit by Sr Theo and Sr Patricia (back left and back right).

School trips are more than welcome to visit the convent – in fact, educational visits by pupils studying History or RE at Keystage 1, 2 or 3 are completely free.

We have lots of information in our Education section, as well as brand new Learning Resources for you to download and print. You can also call Jerry, our Education Manager, on 01904 464 903 to chat about planning a trip.

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23rd November 2015

Christmas Closing Dates 2015

The final night to stay with us in our Guest House in 2015 will be Monday 21st December. The Café will be closing at 2pm on Tuesday 22nd December (with last orders at 1.30pm), and then we will reopen again on Wednesday 6th January 2016.

The Bar Convent would like to wish all of our visitors, guests and friends a very happy, peaceful Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

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23rd October 2015

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre… Open For Business!

We are delighted to announce that, following a very productive summer and great success in all our renovations, The Bar Convent is once more open to guests and visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Guest House, Conference Rooms and Café, as well as our brand new Exhibition, which is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm.

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13th March 2015

Exciting Refurbishment News

From 1st April until the end of July 2015, the Bar Convent is undergoing an exciting transformation as part of the Living Heritage Project. Some areas will be closed, while others are open as usual. We’re installing a brand new museum and gift shop, renovating the guesthouse and conference rooms, improving access and providing brand new facilities for all.

The cafe and chapel are open as usual, and we’re doing our best to keep any disruption to visitors to a minimum.

Please note that, as we upgrade the guesthouse to provide more en suite rooms, we are not able to accommodate guests at this time. Our conference facilities are also unavailable, and the museum is closed as of 23rd March 2015.

We look forward to sharing our new facilities with you in August. For more details, or for an update on how work is progressing, please feel free to contact our reception team. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


7th January 2015

Fibre-Optic Broadband

We’re pleased to announce a recent major upgrade to our wireless internet access. Our conference rooms, guestrooms and cafe are now equipped with the latest fibre optic broadband. We also have more routers stationed around the building, enabling our visitors to enjoy faster, more reliable internet access throughout the premises.

This upgrade comes in response to customer feedback on TripAdvisor, and helps us provide 21st century hospitality in a proudly historic setting.


8th October 2014

Award-Winning Breakfasts

The Bar Convent has become the proud recipient of a much-coveted Breakfast Award from Visit England. We’re all very excited by our new award, and would like to say a huge thank you to all of our visitors and staff over the years for making this possible.

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1st April 2014

Best B&B – The People’s Choice

Although we didn’t win the title of ‘Best B&B’, we were very satisfied on this occasion to be among only five finalists for this award, across an enormous range of accommodation providers in the city. It’s wonderful that people are recognising the improvements we have made to the Guest House, with our many newly refurbished rooms.

This now spurs us on to complete our Guest House refurbishment during 2015 to coincide with the launch of the Convent as a Living Heritage Centre. We look forward to returning in future years and hopefully winning the award on another occasion. Thank you all for voting for us – we were greatly encouraged by so much support.


2nd October 2013

Exciting Plans for the Future of The Bar Convent

Exciting plans have been launched to extend access, improve understanding and secure the future of The Bar Convent. You can read more about the Living Heritage Project online.