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“Beautiful building - inside and out”

Merchant Adventurers' Hall
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US$52.26*
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US$17.88*
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Ranked #20 of 205 things to do in York
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Owner description: The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, it is open for public use as a museum, wedding and hospitality venue and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. This stunning timber framed building was constructed by a fraternity made up of York citizens to provide a base for charity, worship and business. Today, as well as being a fascinating accredited museum it is also a scheduled ancient monument and Grade 1 listed building.The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it. The Hall also remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I haven't figured out yet why I found it so interesting, when it is basically just a big old building with a large hall upstairs (with a little room off to the side), and then a large cellar-type space downstairs (with a chapel at one end).

But I loved it! Perhaps it's the atmosphere of a building that's changed very little in over 600 years. Maybe it's just that the name and the history of the organisation really capture the imagination. The audio guide is very informative, and makes you notice things that would normally be completely ignored.

I'm very pleased that the ticket allows you to go back again within a year, because I can see myself going there again (and I live over 200 miles away).

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

There are precious few 14th Century buildings in England and the Merchant Adventurers' Hall is one of the best. The hall has been de-cluttered and the wealth of original beams is there for all to see and understand how it was built. There is an excellent audio guide included in the entrance fee. Don't miss the 17th Century standard yard measure and weights, which are the earliest form of consumer protection.
The Hall fails to achieve a 5* rating as the guides are thin on what the Hall was actually used for.
The toilets are highly commended.
York has a range of tickets giving discounted entry to attractions: getting the right combo-ticket saves money. Finally, UK taxpayers should ensure they use "Gift Aid".

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Not many 650 year old buildings ( that aren't churches) left standing. Impressivley well preserved and so much history in the building and its contents and not all locked away behind glass screens or roped off. Free returns with 12 months also. Well worth a visit. Loved it.

Thank Penguin66
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

The building is one of the few craft guild halls not changed/converted for other uses. Full of interesting items and all items are well labeled

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We attended a vintage market here recently and we were blown away, visited york a few times and never knew of this place even though it is just off Piccadilly. From inside and out this building is beautiful. Definitely worth a visit if you are visiting York. The architecture is exceptional. You don't find many buildings like this anymore!

Thank Mark B
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