Situated in the heart of York, The Bar Convent Guest House is only a 15-minute minute walk from the city centre and just over 300 metres from York Railway Station. The Grade I listed building offers an exhibition on the history of the site, a garden and free WiFi. All of our rooms have en-suite facilities and also enjoy the use of our newly renovated guest kitchen and sitting area. Breakfast is served in the on-site café, where guests may enjoy a well-stocked continental buffet breakfast including fresh fruit, pastries, toast and cereals or upgrade to our award-winning full English breakfast. Breakfast is served until 10:00 on a weekend, and until 9.30 from Monday to Friday. Many historic sites can be visited within York’s city centre, such as York Minister - one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Clifford’s Tower, York Dungeon and the National Railway Museum are also on offer.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Situated in the real heart of York, this property has an excellent location score of 9.6

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Continental, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Buffet, Breakfast to go


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Room type
Number of guests
1 single bed
2 single beds
1 double bed
1 single bed
1 double bed
2 single beds
1 large double bed
1 single bed
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


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Guests who stayed here loved

  • Robinson
    The breakfast was excellent and location handy for centre and carparking. Our second stay at the hotel and knew the renovations were ongoing so knew what to expect.
  • Bryson
    Australia Australia
    Excellent location.Great character and history.very pleasant breakfast room though did not have time to have breakfast there.very nice garden out the back..Souvenir shop but did not have time to look at.Opposite a hotel and restaurant.Short walk...
  • Bruce
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Location excellent . Close to walk to rail station. Close to city wall. Reception staff excellent. Very good breakfast. Building has a unique history.

Managed by The Bar Convent

Company review score: 9.7Based on 2,244 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

A living convent is defined as one with a continuously resident religious community. Our sisters have lived on this site in the city of York for over three centuries now and still live at The Bar Convent today. We were one of the earliest educational establishments for young women in the country and played an important role in the history of York. Our Grade I Listed buildings today receive visitors from all over the world. We welcome those of all faiths and none to our award-winning guesthouse, café, gift shop, beautiful garden and meeting rooms.

Property information

We're proud to offer peace, quiet and friendly service in our magnificent heritage surroundings. Our Grade 1 Listed building houses a hidden chapel, beautiful atrium and an incredibly rich history. We offer fabulous cooked and continental breakfasts - awarded a Visit England Breakfast Award in 2022. Our modern, comfortable guest rooms are all en-suite.

Neighbourhood information

We have our own local attractions within The Bar Convent! Our exhibition and chapel are popular with visitors and you don't even have to leave the building to visit them! We are located just outside the city walls, by the Micklegate Bar entrance, and are well-placed for doing York's sights. Most places are within a 10- to 20-minute walk. There are characterful pubs and cafes in Micklegate, the road leading to the river on the other side of the Bar, while the station is a handy five minutes walk away.

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Property surroundings

Facilities of The Bar Convent Guest House
Great facilities! Review score, 8.9

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Lift
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Additional toilet
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Electric kettle
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Chapel/shrine
  • Carpeted
  • Lift
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules
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From 15:00 to 00:00
You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.
From 07:00 to 10:00
Cancellation/ prepayment
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required option.
Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 18 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

No age restriction
There is no age requirement for check-in
Pets are not allowed.
Accepted payment methods
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Check-in is from 15:00 until 00:00 unless by prior arrangement.

Please note, this property is unable to accommodate stag and hen parties or similar groups. Please note that our Superior Single Rooms are on a floor accessed by a narrow staircase and there is no lift service.

As part our conservation programme to maintain the high standards of our historic house, external painting and minor repairs work will be taking place at various times between Monday 4th March – Friday 30th August 2024. This is expected to have no impact on your enjoyment of the Centre whatsoever, however out of courtesy we wanted to let you know that sections of scaffolding may be seen outside of the house in the garden and over the atrium area to enable access for the team, who will be working between the hours of 9am – 5pm weekdays during.

If you have any concerns please speak to our Reception team on 01904 643238 or email us at

We apologise for any minor disturbance that this may cause.

Please inform The Bar Convent Guest House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property can only accept bookings from essential workers/permitted travellers, during dates where such guidelines exist. Reasonable evidence must be provided on arrival. If it isn't provided, your booking will be cancelled on arrival.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you are only booking this property following the local government guidelines of the destination, including but not limited to the purpose of travel, and maximum allowed group size.

FAQs about The Bar Convent Guest House

  • The Bar Convent Guest House is 800 yards from the centre of York. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Room options at The Bar Convent Guest House include:

    • Single
    • Twin
    • Double
    • Family

  • The Bar Convent Guest House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Check-in at The Bar Convent Guest House is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

    • Guests staying at The Bar Convent Guest House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.1).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Continental
      • Vegetarian
      • Vegan
      • Gluten-free
      • Buffet
      • Breakfast to go

    • The prices at The Bar Convent Guest House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.