Educational Facilities

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has been in continuous use for over 650 years. Every major historical period during that time is shown in some way in the fabric of the building and its collections.

The Hall and the Merchant Adventurers' history provides a fantastic context in which to explore local and wider national and international issues, with cross curriculum to the National Curriculum in History, Citizenship, Geography and Art and Design.



The Hall now offers either curriculum based workshops through York Archaeological Trust or subject based Guided Tours by knowledgable dedicated Hall staff. For more details see below:


Exploring the Merchant Adventurers

In partnership with York Archaeological Trust we are pleased to offer new workshops starting in Autumn 2011 exploring the Tudors and their impact on the Hall, York and Britain as a whole.

Take a tour of the Hall and find out about its history and the people that met here to conduct their business. Following your tour choose a specifically designed workshop to complement your visit

Trade and Exploration - learn about guilds, Tudor trade and exploration in this fun workshop.

Dance workshops - learn dances from Tudor Englan in this fun and lively workshop.

Tudor Medicine - A chance to learn about Tudor medicine and how illness and ailments were treated hundreds of years ago.


Booking Details

Booking your visit could not be easier:

Telephone: 01904 615505 or e-mail:

Prices (Entrance and workshop)

School Child: £3.50

Teacher:        £3.80

Additional workshops £1.50 per child.

One teacher goes free in every six school children booked



Self Guided Tour Explore the Hall at your own pace

Guided Tours

(Timings are flexible- minimum 30 minutes)

Meet the Merchants Our enthusiastic Hall Staff will give you an indepth cross curriculum tour of the Hall.

Hands on the Hall  Learn more on your guided tour by handling unique medieval style objects like parchment, quills, seals and more.

Custom Tour Tailored to your age group and subject, incorporating special talks and hands on activities.



Activity   Charge

Self Guided Tour

  £2.00 per person
Guided Tour   £2.50 per person
Hands on & Tour   £2.50 per person

The proceeds go entirely towards the upkeep of the Hall. 



Questions? Bookings? Please contact us or phone 01904 654818. 

Medieval ink, parchment, quill & seals- materials used in our archive since the 13th century.







Performance of the 'Merchants 650!' play in the Great Hall for the 650th anniversary.







School group in the garden







Sample of the many documents in our archive.








The Merchants trades in many things, like clothe, wool and spices.






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