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Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Browse relics that date back to medieval times in this former spiritual and political hub with majestic chambers and gardens.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is a medieval guildhall that has been transformed into a museum, comprising of three grand rooms and pretty gardens. The stunning 13th-century building holds captivating gems that tell the story of its past as an important religious and political center for affluent York citizens. Examine precious pieces of jewelry, furniture and works of art from another era before taking a leisurely stroll in the gardens.

The main entrance is situated on the Fossgate side of the guildhall. Marvel at the interesting design of the building , which has a lower layer of red brick, eye-catching tinder columns and a thatched roof. The chimney and carved archways evoke the medieval style of the Tudors.  

 The guildhall began as a religious fraternity known as the Guild of Our Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Explore the large rooms of the complex to get a feel for its grandeur. You can visit the Great Hall to see an array of relics that date back many centuries. One of the oldest pieces is the oak wood “ evidence chest.” As you peruse the collection of silver and paintings in the elaborate room, imagine the rich aristocrats who frequented this building. See solemn portraits of these prosperous governors and club members on the walls.  

The Undercroft section is also very large and functioned as a hospital or almshouse. Visit the Chapel part of the building, where religious leaders offered spiritual care.

The site opens to the public daily in the summer season. It is available to rent as a spectacular destination for weddings and other events.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is located between the River Ouse and the River Foss in the historic center of York. To reach the site, walk north for less than 5 minutes from York’s famous icon, Clifford’s Tower.


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