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Step off the beaten track and delve deeper into the city’s ancient past to uncover some of York’s best kept secrets and hidden gems.

Explore 300 years of danger, bravery and history at England’s oldest living convent and its hidden chapel, at the Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre. A place with long connection with secrecy.

Experience life in a medieval household at Barley Hall, a stunning building only discovered in the 1980s and now restored to its original glory. Visitors can make themselves at home.  

Admire the splendour of Fairfax House, one of the most distinguished 18th century Georgian townhouses in Britain with an exceptional collection of furniture.

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Mansion House, one of York’s great historic treasures, built for partying, entertaining and hosting royalty. It’s the oldest house purpose built for a Lord Mayor in the country.    

Step back in time through 650 years of history at Merchant Adventurers' Hall, the most well preserved guildhall in Europe. Expect fascinating tales, awe-inspiring architecture and intriguing artefacts.

There are many more hidden gems in York including more grand houses, characterful medieval churches, Roman baths under pubs, and many more tucked round corners, down snickelways and hidden in plain sight. What will you discover?