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The Bar Convent Living Heritage Exhibition

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Exhibition
Be inspired by over 300 years of history at England’s oldest living convent. Visit our interactive exhibition to discover York’s fascinating religious history and how the convent survived times of turmoil, persecution and two world wars. Hear the incredible stories of the radical Yorkshire nun and pioneer Mary Ward, Yorkshire martyr Margaret Clitherow and the charitable work of the Sisters all across the world.

Our stunning 18th century Hidden Chapel is a remarkable example of how Catholics continued to worship in secret at a time when their religion was punishable by death. See how this magnificent domed chapel was cleverly disguised from the outside world and incorporated innovative features designed to keep its occupants safe - can you find the hidden priest hole and spot the eight doorways for a quick escape?

Enjoy homemade traditional treats in our award-winning café - don’t miss the popular Afternoon Tea which can be taken in our beautiful walled gardens.

This exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Adults are £5, concessions are £4 and children are £2.

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