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Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Discover one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the world - home to York’s entrepreneurs for 660 years – and counting. Redoubtable tales, fascinating architecture and intriguing, rare artefacts, all under a stunning 14th Century oak roof… delve...more
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Fossgate, York YO1 9XD, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here but you definitely need to take advantage of the free audio guide as without that you get no context. The rooms are pretty empty but the history is fascinating. Nice shop, cafe and immaculate toilets. We spent about an...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It would appear from many markings on the internal walls that this building is flooded frequently with water reaching a metre over the floor level. Splendid hall upstairs and a great history to be told.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank chemwood
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is worth visiting this although it's probably for adults mainly. Have an audio guide and enjoy wandering through the rooms. It is all beautifully explained and laid out. Cafe is good too!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally off the tourist radar for some reason, this gem is a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of York. It is laden with York's economic and social history, and the audio guide worked really well for me. I was intrigued by the name...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AdamNoelDobson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking around York my husband and I were ready for a cup of tea and wandered into the Merchant Adventurers' Hall. The cafe was excellent but we were amazed at the beautiful structure of the ground floor of the hall and decided to make it...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is the reason to visit. The ancient timbers used in its construction - huge oak beams from 1300, and the history of the guild itself is fascinating. Probably not a place to bring the kids though. Nice cafe.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is a great example of such an old Guildhall with so much history and in such good condition.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank zxy23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good cafe at the Hall. Had a pot of tea for 2 and lovely hot cross buns with butter. Pleasant and quick service, good crockery. Good selection of teas and coffees. Hot meals there as well as varied selection of cakes. There is a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank bobheth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I chose to visit this attraction on my own as I didn't think my 7 year old would engage or enjoy it, and I'm glad I did. I found my visit informative and enjoyable and worth the price of entry. The grounds around the hall...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank DaveRobertson363
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There was a lot to learn there, every where you look there is more. the people who work there where very informative , and very helpful.

Date of experience: May 2018
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David M
April 16, 2017|
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Response from margaret d | Reviewed this property |
David, The entry fee is £6,or £5 if,like me you're over 60. The opening time is 10am until 4pm(occasionally 3.30pm),and I wouldn't have thought that you'd need to book,we didn't. It takes a couple of hours to see it all and... More