The Merchant Adventurers’ Experience

All York Primary Schools are invited to book a fully funded visit for Key Stage 2 children to the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.  Bring your class to experience a morning of hands on activities and discovery.  With 666 years of history the visit can be tailored to fit into several areas of the curriculum.


Visits can be focused on the following topics:


  • Tudor stories and links to notable figures in Tudor History, exploring the Hall’s links to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
  • Medicine through time, exploring the history of the Undercroft and medieval medicine.
  • Entertainment & Leisure in Britain through the ages, an introduction to Medieval and Tudor music, dancing and feasting.
  • Local history- explore the history of the Hall and the stories of the early Merchant Adventurers.
  • Medieval and Tudor Trade- explore the history of trade in York and the stories of the early Merchant Adventurers.


Visits can be tailored to suit different areas of study.  All visits from York schools are fully funded by the Merchant Adventurers’ Charitable Trust, this includes transport to and from the Hall.  To book your visit and for more details please contact Rebecca Francis.


Feedback from our visits:


“Year 5 from Hempland Primary visited the Merchant Adventures to round off our topic of the Tudors. We had a fantastic morning, where we learnt all about Tudor music, trade and other events in history. The children loved taking part in the Tudor trade activity, where they had to buy and sell items from different countries’ ports, thinking about wars and other conflicts from the time period.


The children also experienced a fantastic music workshop, where they saw and heard lots of Tudor instruments. To round off the morning, the children took part in some Tudor dance, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The staff were outstandingly knowledgeable about the Tudors and it was a great experience.”


Miss Seavers, Year 5 teacher, Hempland Primary School