Loader Image



The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre – 17 Blossom Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ. The Bar Convent is England’s oldest living convent, founded in 1686 as a school for girls. It is still home to members of the Congregation of Jesus today. The Grade 1 Listed eighteenth-century buildings house an Exhibition, cafe, a Guest House plus conference facilities. Website.


Bedern Hall – Bartle Garth, St Andrewgate, York, YO1 7AL. The history of Bedern Hall is closely tied to that of York Minster. It was originally part of the College of the Vicars Choral which occupied the area between Goodramgate, St Andrewgate and Aldwark. The hall was the refectory for the college from the 1390s until the middle of the 17th century when it passed into private hands. The hall, chapel and gatehouse are all that remain of the college. Website.


All Saints, North Street – All Saints is an Anglican church situated in the centre of the medieval city of York in northern England. The present church, which is mainly fourteenth and fifteenth century, stands on a site hallowed for worship for almost 1100 years. It contains one of the most important displays of medieval stained glass in the British Isles, including the famous Pricke of Conscience window. Website.

St Denys, Walmgate (pictured right) – St Denys was founded before 1154, on the site of a late Saxon church and an earlier Roman building. The present building dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries, but has been much reduced from its original size, due to a series of a historical mishaps – the former spire was damaged by Civil War cannon fire and then struck by lightning. What survives now is the east end with its flanking chapels, making an unusually square-shaped church entered through a fine Norman doorway. The glass at St. Denys is currently being restored and delegates will be among the first visitors to see it newly reinstalled. Website.


St Denys, Walmgate


Please note all guests must make their own arrangements for accommodation. There are hotels in York to suit any budget, plus plenty of B&Bs and independents. Here is a short list of the hotels closest to our venue:

The Bar Convent – Our principal venue, The Bar Convent, has a small number of rooms at very affordable rates, from £40 to £92 per night (single/double/twin options). They have a few remaining rooms on hold for guests of this event until Wednesday 13th May so book early as these will be let on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings must be made by telephone (ring Lesley on 01904 464902 and quote reference “M. R. James Conference”). NB. The Bar Convent does not have private parking but there is a public Pay & Display car park in adjacent Nunnery Lane. You can find out more from their website.

Premier Inn Blossom Street – Somewhat confusingly Premier Inn have two hotels almost on the same site. Premier Inn Blossom Street North, located at 20 Blossom Street, York, North Yorkshire YO24 1AJ, can be booked here. Premier Inn Blossom Street South, located at 28-40 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AJ, can be booked here. Rooms from £75. They are both located opposite The Bar Convent. Car Parking facilities are available behind the Premier Inns, just off Queen Street, but are Pay & Display (with hourly rates, plus £12 per day or £20 for 2 days).

Park Inn by Radisson – Multi-storey hotel on the riverside in the centre of York, located about 10 minutes walk from The Bar Convent. Rooms from £60.00. Book here.

Hampton by Hilton – Modern hotel about 5 minutes walk from The Bar Convent, convenient chucking out distance from the York Brewery! Book here.

Travelodge York Central Micklegate – There are several Travelodges in York but this one is the closest and newest. It’s about 5-10 minutes walk from The Bar Convent. Book here.

Bedroom in The Bar Convent


Please note that the ticket price includes a sandwich buffet on Thursday 27th September at Bar Convent, otherwise guests are asked to make their own arrangements. Guests will have a two hour break for dinner between 5pm – 7pm on Wednesday evening and should reconvene at Bedern Hall by 7.15pm at the latest. A cash bar will be available at Bedern Hall.

The Bar Convent – The café in The Bar Convent is open from mid-morning until 4pm. Nice scones! Menu and times are on their website.

The Punch Bowl – Traditional Wetherspoons pub on the corner opposite The Bar Convent. Website.

Partisan – 112 Micklegate. A vibrant independent coffee shop and licensed restaurant serving global cuisine and delicious homemade cakes! Breakfast, lunch, brunch & afternoon teas (Vegan/Veggie friendly). Website.

Kapadokya – 24 George Hudson Street. Family-run Turkish restaurant serving authentic oven-baked and chargrilled mediterranean cuisine. Website.

Brigantes – Local real ale pub with a pretty good food menu. Located 5 minutes from The Bar Convent. Website.  

Jinnah – Good quality Indian restaurant on Micklegate, just through the Bar. Website.

Delrios – Local Italian, located on the corner of Micklegate Bar and diagonally opposite The Bar Convent. Great daily specials. Website.

The Rattle Owl – Recently opened independent restaurant on Micklegate with a great selection of slightly fancy dishes! Website.

Melton’s – Well regarded restaurant about 10-15 minute walk from The Bar Convent. High quality early evening menu. Website.

Plus, of course, there’s Betty’s and Little Betty’s.

Fish and chips from Brigantes.

No Comments

Comments are closed.