Merchant Adventurers' Hall

York, United Kingdom

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall in York is a medieval guildhall, the largest of its type remaining in England. It is a timber framed building on two floors, still used by the Merchant Adventurers' guild.


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Founded: Medieval


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Clara Raffin Demarchi (8 months ago)
Great piece of history. When I went there it was the first day it opened after being closed for a few months for maintenance, so everything was clean, organised and well preserved. The printed guide was very helpful and the staff was friendly.
Verity Adriana (10 months ago)
Beautiful and historic Guildhall. Amazing history and informative throughout. Nice cafe and shop too..Nice staff very helpful.
Matt Furber (10 months ago)
Great cup of tea, delish mince pie. Free admission to the hall instead of £6.50. Level access can be found via a passageway next to the Hairy Fig Shop. This also gives an excellent view of the hall
Brian Parkin (13 months ago)
Good outdoor cafe whilst Covid issues. Ploughman's lunch looked good
Alessio Vidal (13 months ago)
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