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Merchant Adventurers' Hall

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Address: Fossgate | York, York YO1 9XD, England
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+44 1904 654818
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 15:30

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in...

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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An Old guild Hall that gives a detailed insight into the life of merchants during the 13th century. Worth a visit if you love medieval buildings with beams.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An Old guild Hall that gives a detailed insight into the life of merchants during the 13th century. Worth a visit if you love medieval buildings with beams.

Thank 63caz
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building, lovingly preserved and looked after. Really well worth a visit especially if you love medieval buildings.

Thank Helen C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was surprisingly great fun. Set up in the 13th Century, this is where the Great and the Good of north Yorkshire have congregated ever since , now mostly to do charitable works and to dine together. The large hall is most impressive. When we went , there were absolutely no other visitors- a great shame, as it is a... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old guild house for merchant adventurers who brought goods to york from all over the world. Currently undergoing repairs from flooding so can't visit ground floor.

Thank Bohojen
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see/do when visiting York. A beautiful building, steeped in history in the centre of York. Brilliant!

Thank patbean
York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This large guildhall is a fine specimen of medieval building craftsmanship. The timber roofs are superb. Don't miss the undercroft, and the medieval guild chapel. The garden is a quiet oasis in a bust city centre.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Had a look at the hall with friends in the summer and it didn't disappoint. We all had the audio boxes and learnt a lot. York really does have so much history.

Thank Caroline F
Bromborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We hadn't planned to visit this hall, but were so glad that we did. We were walking into city centre, when we saw this beautiful old hall, that oozes history. The day we went, it was very quiet, so we were able to soak up the atmosphere. There is written information available, but only in English I think. There are... More 

Thank agag655
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Worth the entry fee, and well worth visiting. This lovely old building is full of 'history', and there's much to learn about its hundreds of years.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The building is a step back in time to visit the ancient world of trade, adventure and discovery. The wood framed building is an engineering and architectural marvel - you can spend ages just admiring the craftsmanship. The furniture is worth looking at and the chapel is a delight - internally and externally. I found the developing artistic styles of... More 

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