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.


Weddings- We’re not cheap, nor are we expensive

York wedding venue

From Roger Lee, Director and Resident Chef…

I recently showed 2 people around the Hall and both said “What a fabulous place for a wedding how much does it cost to hire?”

I told them that it cost £995 for exclusive use of the Hall for a wedding ceremony and reception.

One said, “That sounds expensive”

The other said, “Actually I think that’s cheap!”

So what to do?!

Well, we’d prefer the phrase ‘value for money’ rather than ‘cheap’, because we may charge less than many other venues but we certainly do not do ‘cheap and cheerful.’

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The Benefits of a Winter Wedding

winter_wedding_yorkWe all know planning a wedding can be a very stressful time, especially because you want the day to be as perfect as possible. Everything comes with a question mark; the dress? The venue? The time of year? Having a winter wedding can come with so many benefits at Bedern Hall, and we have narrowed down our most significant ones.

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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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Weddings with a difference at Bedern Hall

York_winter_weddingOver the years we’ve been lucky enough to celebrate with many happy couples on their special day. The joy of a wedding filled with love, family and friends is always a sight to behold. Here at Bedern Hall we cherish working alongside couples throughout the planning process, to the day itself, ensuring their dream day comes true and help them create memories to treasure for a lifetime.

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The perfect space for Business Events



Did you know the historic city of York is under 2 hours away from London and a mere 2 hours 24 minutes from Edinburgh? Being located in the heart of North Yorkshire makes York a great place to visit whether it’s for business or pleasure.

As York is an ideal city to host events for people coming from all different directions of the country, whether it’s North or South, the only question left is the venue. Just a short 15 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from York train station and situated close to the famous York Minster, Bedern Hall is an ideal setting for any business meeting.


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