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Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Fossgate | York, York YO1 9XD, England
+44 1904 654818
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The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, it is open for public use as a museum, wedding and hospitality venue and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. This stunning timber framed building was constructed by a fraternity made up of York citizens to provide a base for charity, worship and business. Today, as well as being a fascinating accredited museum it is also a scheduled ancient monument and Grade 1 listed building.The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it. The Hall also remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history.
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Fossgate | York, York YO1 9XD, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

More interesting than expected! Amazing construction and history. An unexpected bonus was a lift to access upstairs and decent toilet facilities. Some interesting furniture and silverware on display. Decent coffee and cake too.

Thank Supergranbee
Reviewed 5 days ago

Love this place ... great architecture, wonderful hall and atmosphere as well as a pretty good cafe. Recommended

Thank TimDavison
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Merchant Adventurers is a timber-framed, medieval guild hall. This beautiful and interesting building will appeal to anyone with a sense of history or romance and to all lovers of architecture. It incorporates a coffee shop, a fine place to have morning coffee, lunch, or...More

Thank NikaJunie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this attraction and enjoyed all the history and architecture. There is a free audio guide, which was informative.

Thank CornwallMole
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a rare sunny day in August, sitting outside in the sheltered area next to the main building, We had a lovely Roast Dinner, great service, good house wine in a superb setting. Thank you for a delightful lunch.

Thank michelesofaraway
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Another great spot in York to step back in time. Both the outside and inside are worth you spending some time here.

Thank JohnC1350
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Pick up an audio guide and follow the route round this very interesting ancient building and find out all about the way we traded and dealt with suppliers and customers in days long gone - although the company is still in existence. Beautiful timbered architecture...More

Thank Cavershamroyals
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Though the undercroft is currently closed, this is well worth a visit (and due to the closure is half price). Anyone who is a fan of medieval fantasy or history (Game of Thrones, Skyrim etc) should check this place out. The hall is relatively unchanged,...More

Thank DDRShaolin
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This was not a place we had planned to visit on our holiday to York but as we had plenty of time after our trip to Jorvik we decided to visit. When you enter you have the option to use an audio guide, which we...More

2  Thank Julia G
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Very interesting "Hall" that demonstrates the development of our society and the power of a "Trade" it is hidden away in the midst of modern York but well worth a visit. Use the headphones to get the best experience.

Thank YNOT2014
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David M
17 April 2017|
Response from Margaret19532014 | Reviewed this property |
David, The entry fee is £6,or £5 if,like me you're over 60. The opening time is 10am until 4pm(occasionally 3.30pm),and I wouldn't have thought that you'd need to book,we didn't. It takes a couple of hours to see it all and... More