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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Helen Smith (3 months ago)
Fantastic place. Fascinating merchant history. Try and guess who the emblematic standards of the various trades belongs to. Nice quiet cafe that you can visit without having to pay the entrance fee.
Carole Clarke (3 months ago)
Very nice place however making sure the board is kept updated is important as I was served with a soup that I didn't order but it was acceptable. When soup is finished the board should reflect it! Decent bread to go with it and coffee was very good.
John Lindley (4 months ago)
Super old guild hall, in this case for the Merchant Adventurers of York. The ancient timbered construction is notable for a lack of straight lines and right angles. If you were worse for wear, you might all roll to the same lowest point. There's an old guild chapel, interesting stained glass and some old silver on display. Flood height markers remind us of the city's vulnerability to flooding. We have had a couple of successful family wedding receptions there, using one of their designated caterers.
Ed B (5 months ago)
The Merchant Adventurers Hall really is an incredible venue and made our wedding even more special and memorable. So many of our guests have commented on how beautiful the venue was and how perfect it was for a winter wedding. We just wanted to say a huge thank you for accommodating our wedding at a time when the Merchant Adventurers Hall is normally closed. Rob was so helpful on the run up to the day and Bruce the hall keeper was great on the day. A big thanks to everyone at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Ed & Kate.
Louise Boreham (5 months ago)
A ticket gets you a years entry (which we're grateful for only having half an hour for a quick look round) and on first glance, the place looks interesting but fairly empty. However, the details on the tour sheet/audio are fascinating and upstairs has a lots to see and learn about. Cafe is also a nice way to start or begin the little tour.
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