A delicious choice of caterers for weddings & events

The Company of Merchant Taylors is delighted to announce the appointment of Baba Ganoush Dining, Bradshaws of York and Poppy Caterers Ltd as approved caterers for weddings and private hire events at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall from March 2019.

For more information about holding your event at our beautiful, historic hall please see the Weddings & Private Hire pages or email events@merchant-taylors-york.org

2019 Open Day Dates Confirmed


After the success of our 2018 trial Open Days, the Merchant Taylors’ Hall will be open to the public once a month throughout 2019.

The popular ‘Members’ Tours’ of this magnificent building will once again be offered to visitors and several Open Days coincide with special events including Surprise Concerts in partnership with the University of York’s Music Department, and themed events on special days such as Yorkshire Day.

Full details and a list of Open Day dates and times can be found on our What’s On page.

Merchant Taylors' Hall Open Days 2018 - FREE admission

The Hall Open Days provide a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to the City of York to find out more about this medieval guild and to visit the ancient Hall. Built in 1415, it is one of York’s buildings of historical importance.

The Hall will be opening its doors between 11.00 and 15.00 on the following days:

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018

  • Tuesday 8 May 2018

  • Tuesday 12 June 2018

Learn about our history with guided tours from our members. During your visit take a break and enjoy refreshments from our award-winning catering partner, Poppy Caterers Ltd. Our historic building is also an ideal location for corporate and private events and, weddings. If you wish to explore this then representatives from Poppy Caterers Ltd will be on hand to discuss any enquiry that you may have.

Free admission and no booking is required (except for groups of 8 or more people). For group bookings please contact: Poppy Caterers Ltd, tel: 01347 878628, email: info@poppycaterers.co.uk

We regret that parking on the premises is available to authorised permit holders only.

Dragon Boat Races 2017

The Merchant Taylors entered a boat in the famous York Dragon Boat race on Sunday 9th July. During a wonderful day our team came fifth out of 36 boats and competed in the Grand Final - an amazing achievement for first time entrants. We were also awarded the Charity Trophy – competing against 14 other charities!

Our thanks go to Peter Moody for organising the Merchant Taylors' team and to everyone who took part including James Baldwin, Matt Forman, Alex Nicholson and Nick Scroggs. We are also very grateful to the other 15 or so non members who were part of our team and did such an excellent job.

We raised funds for very worthwhile local charities as well as for the Merchant Taylors and hope we'll be able to compete again next year with an even more impressive presence!