Weddings at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall

'A stunning building which created the magical setting we had hoped for. Our guests thought that we had spent a fortune...'


                                                                                                                      Photo: Barnaby Aldrick Photography


The Merchant Adventurers' Hall was one of the first private venues to be licensed for civil ceremonies in York and is now one of the most popular outside the registery office.

The Hall makes a truly unique and romantic setting for large or small wedding parties. We can accomodate 20 to 180 guests for your ceremony. Large ceremonies take place in our stunning timbered Great Hall, while small ceremonies (20 people or less) are held in the elegant Governor's Parlour.

Afterwards, celebrate with a wedding breakfast in our Great Hall with a bar, dance and entertainment in the Undercroft.

In the spring and summer months, the walled garden provides an exclusive setting for a drinks reception and photography after your ceremony.

Having both your ceremony and reception at the Hall makes your big day even more enjoyable for you and your guests- no one will get lost or delayed moving between the ceremony and reception, so you have more time to celebrate!



Even if you choose to get married elsewhere, the Hall is a magnificent setting for your reception. 

In the spring and summer months, start your celebration in the Garden with a drinks reception and the backdrop of the Hall for those memorable photographs. Alternatively in the cooler months, be welcomed by a roaring fire in the Hall's reception area and drinks in the atmospheric Undercroft, followed by a meal in the Great Hall and your evening in the Undercroft- it's up to you!


Weddings can be booked on a Friday from 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 3.00pm.


The Hall is centrally located in the historic city centre of York, within a 5 minute walk of several car parks and historic churches.

Click here for details on parking in York City Centre.


High Heels in the Hall

We know that you may be concerned to hear that stiletto heels are not permitted in the Hall. This is to protect both you and our ancient wooden floor. We classify a stiletto as anything smaller than a 5 pence coin. Heels larger than this are welcome!

However, you can now wear your favourite stilettos as we stock heel caps at £3.50 a pair.

So never fear, this means that you can wear almost any pair!  



Download our Hall Hire brochure here




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