Sunday 22nd March 2020

Temporary Closure

The welfare of our visitors, staff, sisters and volunteers here at the Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre is of the utmost importance to us.

With regret, we have therefore taken the decision to temporarily close to the public from noon on Sunday 22nd March, with current plans to reopen at the end of April – although we will be closely monitoring the situation and updating you as often as we can.

We’d like to thank you for your understanding during these difficult and uncertain times. Closure means a significant strain on our financial resources and, as a charity, your support will be appreciated in the coming months more than ever. We ask that if you have had to cancel a stay in our accommodation, a group visit, a conference or a table in the café, please consider rescheduling when we reopen.

If you are able to donate, please visit our donations page on the website or, if you can volunteer your time in our gift shop, please email

We’ll be continuing to share the story of this historic and internationally significant building with you all while we’re closed. To stay in touch, please follow our social media accounts (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and sign up for the newsletter. Once we reopen our doors, please come along for a visit to our fascinating exhibition, enjoy a stay our guesthouse, sample homemade traditional treats in our award-winning café and discover York’s warmest welcome.

Take care.

- All at The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre and the Congregation of Jesus Trust