Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, 17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ

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Discover the history of England’s oldest living convent in our fascinating exhibition and stunning 18th Century Hidden Chapel, one of the finest examples in Europe.

Enjoy a visit to our café for some of the best scones and cakes in the city and don’t miss the chance to stay in our award-winning guest house situated in the heart of York.

The remarkable story of this magnificent heritage building spans more than 300 years. It was established in great secrecy during the reformation, a time when Catholicism was punishable by death, as a convent and the first school for girls in York.  It is still the home of a community of Catholic sisters today, welcoming those of all faiths and none to step into York’s best kept secret since 1686.