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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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If mediaeval halls are your thing, and even if they're not, this is just a breath-taking building. One of the greatest gems of York and should not be missed.

Reviewed 27 December 2015
Clive M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

If mediaeval halls are your thing, and even if they're not, this is just a breath-taking building. One of the greatest gems of York and should not be missed.

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Northern England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

This Hall is well worth a visit for an hour or so. The hammer beam roof in the main hall is impressive, and signs of the building's 500 years are evident everywhere.

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Reviewed 2 December 2015

Over the last few months i've been to a few dinners here. Each time i turn up i'm in awe of the building and its historic decor. Sadly though the staff always seem clueless or disinterested. Last week there were 3 staff standing behind the bar with people waiting to be served. Only 1 staff was serving the others talking... More 

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hallmanager, Manager at Merchant Adventurers' Hall, responded to this review

Hello Charles. Thank you for your review and we are pleased that you enjoy coming to the Hall. I am sorry that the meal and the service provided by the caterers was not as enjoyable. The caterers will have been chosen by the organiser of your event , so perhaps if you speak directly to them they can pass on... More 

Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

This timber framed hall is one of the oldest buildings in York, dating back to the 14th century. As well as admiring the building itself, interesting information is provided about the history of the Guild that built it. When we visited there was also an exhibition on the War of the Roses in the undercroft.

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

We went along on a Sunday morning. There was a Craft event being held there. Very very interesting building, lots of information and very well displayed. Have also been to a private function, a dinner there, fantastic venue. A gem in York.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

An insight into the importance of local trade and merchant societies and how they regulated business within the city. Important to remember that without organisations of this type there would have been no apprenticeships and no continuity of employment, especially for young people.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

I booked by phone in advance for this tour. The staff were helpful and friendly and offered me ideas for other activities I could do when I came to York. The tour was really interesting covering a wide span of York's history. The guides wore period costume and spoke as if they were Alderman Thomas Herbert and Dr Maud Sellers... More 

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Reviewed 9 November 2015

I like this old-style building. However, I was not impressed by the content. There are some old paintings which are alright. Better than the Fairfax house, but not nearly as good as the Treasurer's house in York.

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

did the tour as part of illuminate york, really great, fab tour guides in costume who knew their stuff, need to go back in daylight now x

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

This hall is one of the most amazing buildings in UK I think. It has lots of fascinating history describing how important the Merchant Adventurers were to the exploration and development of the world. It also has a wonderful collection of trade flags and their emblems.A truly grand old building.

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