Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Address: Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD, England
Telephone: +44 1904 654 818.

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

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 [node:174616] page for more details).



Expert tips

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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture