Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York.
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The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens, it is open to the public as a museum, wedding and hospitality venue and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. It is very unusual to be able to see in one building the three rooms serving the three functions of a medieval guild; business and social in the Great Hall, charitable in the Undercroft and religious in the Chapel.

The Hall has been in continuous use for the past 650 years.Discover the Hall and its unique collections of art, silver and furniture through a free audio tour and interactive exhibits.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Thurs 09.00-17.00
Fri-Sat 09.00-15.30
Sun 11.00-16.00

Mon-Thurs 09.00-16.00
Fri-Sat 09.00-15.30
Sun Closed

Closed over Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Adults £6.00
Concessions £5.00
Children (16 or under) FREE (when accompanied by an adult


  • English Heritage

The Hall contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and silver, all of which are on display to the public.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Maritime, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Merchant Adventurers' Hall is a Medieval Guildhall in York. The image shows the Undercroft, once used as a hospital and an alsmhouse lit only by candles.

Merchant Adventurers' Hall by Candlelight

  • 29 — 30 October 2015 6:30-9:30pm

This unique experience includes a fully guided tour by a costumed guide and provides the opportunity to experience this stunning building as it was lit centuries ago.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour with tours at 6.30pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm. Tour groups will be limited to 20 people and we do ask that appropriate footwear is worn as the Hall's floor is uneven.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets: £8 (no concessions), £4 Children. Pre-booking is advised.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Teacher's Guide

5 page booklet available to download for free, explaining how the Merchant Adventurers' Hall can be used to teach History, Citizenship, Geography and Art and Design at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3.

Merchant Adventurers' Hall
North Yorkshire



General Enquiries


01904 654818


01904 616150

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