Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York

4.6
Delve into York’s entrepreneurial past, present and future following stories of the “mystery of mercers” - business pioneers who made it happen: from the medieval wool trade, via the railways, chocolate and two universities to the 21st century Science City.

Redoubtable tales, fascinating architecture and intriguing, rare artifacts

Hear about The Mystery of Mercers and how John Colwyk earned 6 shillings for building the stunning oak roof…

… in a garden setting on the Foss, key tributary to the River Ouse: the life blood of the city’s trading past welcoming ships from around the globe.
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  • A visit to the adventurers hall revealed a little gem of a cafe sited within. Very friendly staff and lovely food all cooked on order. We can recommend the soup , the flan and the rarebit! We even...  more »
  • This is a 600+ year old guild hall in York. There are three main areas to see: the undercroft, the chapel, and the very impressive great hall, plus a small café and gift shop. Large displays...  more »
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  • We stumbled on this place by accident while wandering around York and decided to have a look. While it may have fewer artifacts than some of the other museums it was still a fascinating place to visit and the staff were lovely. We didn't stop to enjoy the treats available from the cafe but judging by the large numbers of contented people tucking into their food and drinks while soaking up the sun I'd say that it must be pretty good too.
  • This is an interesting building and had some nice pieces of stained glass and architectural features related to several periods from original to 17th century. It's not a place for kids or to spend a long time, once you've seen the chapel and hall that's pretty much it, the remaining elements are related to the pageantry and self congratulation of the merchant adventurer's, old boys club and their adherence to Queen, country and making money and spending it etc etc.

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