Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Price guide: Mid-range

Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD

Price guide: Mid-range

Merchant Adventurer's Hall entrance.
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expert-rated things to do in York
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, History

Expert review of Merchant Adventurers' Hall

A medieval marvel, stunning inside and out.

Probably the world’s finest example of its kind, a remarkable timber frame building dating from 1357. York was once packed with these halls in which trade guilds conducted their business, distributed charity, looked look after the sick and prayed. From this hall, the Merchant Adventurer’s were to become the most influential group in the city, a fraternity brought together by their shared interest in making money (‘adventuring’) though overseas trade.

The company exists today, still looking after the interests of York’s traders though they’ve also now turned their HQ over to visitors who can both marvel at the artisanship of this structure and its furnishings as well as the fine collection of silver and artworks. An audio guide is available to give a better understanding of the part this hall played in York’s rich history.

Price advice: 

Adults £6.00, concessions £5.00, children under 16 free when accompanied by an adult.
Yorkshire Pass accepted (See the Sights and attractions section on my York insider tips page for more details).

Expert tips: 
Allow around 45 minutes if taking the audio guide.
There are plenty of places to take a break on Fossgate including The Hairy Fig [node:177842] which during the summer has al fresco tables surrounding the entrance to the hall.
Those with mobility problems should use the Fossgate entrance, not the Piccadilly access.
Popular with weddings and other private functions, it can be worth checking in advance to see that the hall is open that day.

More information on Merchant Adventurers' Hall:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Historic site, Museum
Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD
+44 1904 654 818.
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Easter-Oct Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sat 9am-3.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Oct-Mar Mon-Thu 9am-4pm, Fri-Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun Closed.
Free tags / Keywords:
Art, silver, Guild

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