Founded in the 17th century as a school for girls, this small community now claims to be England’s oldest working convent. It features a hidden chapel, open to visitors, and includes a exhibition of the history of Roman Catholic church in Britain, especially York.
The Bar Convent attempts to provide a welcome which caters for both body as well as soul of its visitors. It also has a pleasant café and cakes, as well as a well-rated bed and breakfast guest house.
The main doors open onto a welcoming, airy Victorian tiled public area. This leads to a thriving conference centre, the daytime self-service café and the accommodation for visitors.
TIME Allow 1 hour
Tip Off the tourist trail, just beyond Micklegate Bar and only five minutes from the station, this is a reliable place for breakfast a freshly-made snack or meal (with tables in the garden in summer), visited mainly by locals in the know.
Good selection of inventive sandwiches (around £6), Jacket potatoes(£6.50), meal-size salads (Grilled Goat’s Cheese £9.75) and light cooked lunches at around £7. Cakes a real treat!