Heritage attraction – a new outlook for Bedern Hall

Bedern Excavation and RestorationAlthough things may still seem uncertain, for heritage attraction at the moment,  it’s important to remember that  since Bedern begun in the 1390’s we’ve made it through…

  • The Sweating Sickness of 1485
  • The Great Plague of London of 1665
  • The Central Atlantic Hurricane of 1782
  • The Year Without a Summer of 1816
  • The Spanish Flu of 1918
  • The Great Smog of 1952

2020 was certainly a testing year, but with a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund we are now in a position to make the Hall available to a wider community and to share its stories through more regular opening to locals and visitors alike.

Latest guidelines indicate that, if we hit the numbers, we will be able to open the Hall to the public from 17th May.

Our grant will enable us to evolve from being an events and functions venue to become a small, independent heritage attraction still available for the celebration of life events. This mix of business will enable us create a sustainable future for the Hall.A new heritage attraction for York




We want to: 

  • Open regularly to improve public access and community involvement
  • Create interpretation of the Hall’s stories for adults, families and children
  • Run our cafe more regularly 
  • Develop educational opportunities for all
  • Establish a hub for local groups and societies 
  • Continue to offer excellent facilities for events

So if you’ve visited in the past, walked past the Hall and wondered what it was, held an event with us, or never even heard of us; we’d like your help!

To help us develop our ideas and to find out more about your views and experiences of Bedern Hall, we have put together a short survey. We would be grateful if you are able to complete this survey which should take about 5 minutes of your time.


We look forward to welcoming you to Bedern Hall in the not too distant future, be it a return visit or a first time experience.


Hall Histories: Squashed into slums



Step back into Victorian York as we uncover the Bedern slums in York. It’s this month’s edition of Hall Histories, sharing stories of the building’s captivating past.


Once a fine college home to the highest in York society, Bedern has declined until it is one of the least respectable places in the city.


1852. Immigrants from Ireland have come to York after the great potato famine. They’re desperately seeking shelter, but with Bedern now divided into tenement buildings, they can’t expect much.

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Hall Histories: Vicars Behaving Badly

Our Hall Histories series continues with a closer look at York vicars behaving badly… When you book your business meeting or afternoon tea here, you won’t forget the scandalous stories of those who called Bedern Hall home.

John Hunter

John Hunter

Medieval York. The intense cloistered life of the vicars is taking its toll and several have started to stray. Word has it that William Burdcleuer has been keeping a woman, despite strict instruction to stay celibate. To make matters worse, she was spotted out in the centre of York after curfew with their two children. The scandalous reputation of the vicars choral spreads across the city well beyond Bedern Chapel on Bartle Garth.

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The Bedern Hall Foundation – Keeping York’s History Alive

Bedern_HallBedern Hall is a Medieval Hall located in the centre of York, but so many people don’t know it’s wealth of history and the story behind the building. Having been used as part of the College of the Vicars Choral from the 1390s up until the middle of the 17th century, it is now a place where citizens and tourists of York can come and explore the history, attend an event, or hire it for their own personal or business occasion. The only buildings that remain of the College of the Vicars Choral, who sang services in York Minster, are the Hall, the Chapel and the Gatehouse.

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