• © Jeffrey Lucas

Merchants’ Hall

  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

Venue number: 38

Merchants’ Hall

  • Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Venue number: 38

  • © Jeffrey Lucas

Merchants' Hall



Royal charters, spectacular chandeliers and antique treasures!


Step into Merchants’ Hall’s magnificent interior and delve into historical riches, learning about the Society’s long history as well as its work in education, care and social enterprise.


Guided tours (every 15 minutes throughout the day, final tour at 3.30pm): Explore the magnificent interior with its many historical riches, including paintings by Nicholas Pocock of Bristol Harbour and the Avon Gorge, superb chandeliers of 1791 and a remarkable collection of Royal charters, the earliest bearing the seal of Edward VI in 1552 and others from Charles I and Charles II as well as both Elizabeth I, 1566, and Elizabeth II, 1989.


Learn about the Society’s long history and current work, helping communities in Greater Bristol to thrive.

Key Information

  • Address The Promenade, Clifton, BS8 3NH
  • Map Map coming soon!
  • Amenities
    Partial Wheelchair access

Design Information

  • Built1853-54
  • Designed byArchitect: Richard Shackleton Pope
  • Building typeVictorian

The original 18th century Merchants’ Hall at the end of King Street was destroyed in the Blitz of 1941, after which the Society subsequently acquired and amalgamated two semi-detached mansions built in the 1850s.


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