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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Allan C (5 months ago)
Really enjoyed visiting here. If you do visit it is well worth using the audio guide that you are offered as it really brings the history to life.
Kerry Sadler (5 months ago)
Very interesting. A little hidden gem. The gardens were beautiful and very well cared for too. A peaceful spot for coffee and cake.
Jayne Smith (5 months ago)
I only had a light lunch at the cafe here so my review is for that, the food was very nice and the staff were polite and very pleasant. There was plenty of seats inside for eating but I sat outside in the beautiful gardens whilst the sun was shining. I did however use the toilets and I saw a glimpse of the hall and it is worthy of a visit another time.
Chris Holt (6 months ago)
Fantastic. For more to see there than expected. Beautiful grounds. Nice cafe. Fascinating part of York to visit.
Greg Bright (7 months ago)
We went for coffee and a cake. Not cheap, and not necessarily the best service we've ever had, but whatever you say, the setting is magnificent. The hall is an outstanding building and has been sympathetically moulded into a space which is at once both stunning and practically effective. Don't miss going to the loo!
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