The story of The Bar Convent begins with a secret

Visit our exhibition to explore the history of this fascinating house through incredible artefacts, engaging interactives and stories of the people who changed the course of history.

Discover more about Yorkshire martyr St Margaret Clitherow, the religious pioneer Mary Ward who first brought education for girls to England, and her followers, the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus, who still reside in the convent today.

With family activities during school holidays, and a changing programme of temporary displays, there is always something new to discover.


Adults: £6
Concessions: £4
Children (6-15): £2
Under-6s: Free
Family Tickets (2 Adults and 2 Children): £12
Plus One Extra Child: £1
Groups: £4 per person
Educational visits: 50p per person

Opening times:

Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Closed Sundays and bank holidays.

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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre
The story of the Bar Convent short film
Mary Ward's life in pictures
A place of secrecy and spies
Discover the story of Mary Ward
Discover the history of the Bar Convent