England's oldest living convent, founded in 1686 by sisters of the Congregation of Jesus.

A living convent is defined as one with a continuously resident religious community. Our sisters have lived on this site in the city of York for over three centuries now. We were one of the earliest educational establishments for young women in the country and played an important role in the history of York.

Our Grade I Listed buildings today receive visitors from all over the world. We welcome those of all faiths and none to our award-winning guesthouse, café, gift shop, beautiful garden and meeting rooms.

In 2015, following a multi-million-pound renovation, we became The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre. The installation of a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition allows us to tell the rich and fascinating story of the convent, spanning three centuries of social change, perseverance and faith in action.

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The Bar Convent Heritage Centre
Don't miss a visit to our award winning café
Our fascinating exhibition is great for all ages
Stunning 18th Century Hidden Chapel