Friday 19th April 2019

Easter Closure Dates

The Bar Convent will be closed to the public as usual over the Easter weekend (Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April 2019). Our Café, Exhibition and Gift Shop will be reopening on Tuesday 23rd April.

Please note that there will be no mass held on Good Friday.

We will be open to Guest House residents as normal over the weekend.

If you have any questions, please contact our Reception team on 01904 643 238.

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Friday 26th April 2019

Secrecy and Sanctity: 250 Years of the Chapel

We’re pleased to announce a special one-day symposium will be held on Friday 26th April 2019 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of The Bar Convent’s historic hidden chapel, first opened in 1769. Four fascinating aspects of the chapel’s history will be explored by:

Professor Bill Sheils
The Community’s Chapel in the Community:
the Bar Convent and the people of York and beyond

Dr. Jan Graffius
‘Neat & Rich’: Vestments, Relics and Silver from the
Bar Convent and the wider English Recusant Community

Professor Maurice Whitehead
Opening a Convent Chapel in Troubled Times:
the Conclave of 1769 and its International Repercussions

Professor Deirdre Raftery
Writing Women Religious into History: Mary Ward’s Irish
Daughters, from M. Teresa Ball to M. Michael Corcoran

This event costs £25 including refreshments, lunch and entrance to the exhibition. Bookings can be made by calling The Bar Convent on 01904 643 238. Please ring early to avoid disappointment.

For further details, please email us at

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Saturday 27th April 2019


Please note that The Bar Convent will be closed to visitors on Saturday 27th April 2019 due to a special event, including the Cafe, Exhibition and Gift Shop. We will reopen again as usual on Monday 29th April.

Friday 17th May 2019

Cheese & Wine Evening

Join us on Friday 17th May 2019 for an evening with wine consultant Geoff Walker, who will be introducing us to a selection of high quality wines, providing insight into their origins and production methods, and teaching us about the grapes that make them so unique.

Tickets are £15 per person and this event starts at 7pm.

To book your tickets, please ring 01904 643 238 or drop into see us at Reception. Places are limited for this event – do book soon to avoid disappointment.

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Thursday 30th May 2019

Tennants Valuation Day

Our good friends Tennant Auctioneers will be joining us on Tuesday 30th May 2019 for a valuation day. Bring along your antiques, collectables and jewellery between 11am and 3pm to be valued. Our cafe will be open as usual for snacks, light lunches, tea and coffee and homemade cakes.

To arrange a home visit for advice on the sale of antiques and collectables at auction, please contact the Harrogate Office on 01423 531 661.